gayinterest saidIt was never really discussed. As far as I know we weren't seeing anyone else whilst dating. We never had a discussion to make it "exclusive", yet were from the start, I think.
8yrs and counting...
If you never talked about being exclusive, then you're just assuming that he hasn't been with anyone else.
Not really. I think Brits and Yanks have different approaches to dating. When I date, it's not a process of dating 5 guys to decide which one to go "steady" with, or "exclusive".
It just seemed natural with my partner. We had an instant connection. Spent every weekend together, texts/calll regularly through the week. We have an extreme level of trust and communication, and I would've just known if he'd been seeing anyone else, 'cos he probably would've said so.
An example of trust; when I met him one of his exes was living with him; he was very open about it. His ex had just been diagnised HIV+ and had a breakdown, so my partner was supporting him. He was open about that from the start, and that openness leads to trust.
He is also friends with pretty much all his exes, and because we are both mature adults, I don't feel threatened by that. I like many of them and hang out with them as friends.