THIS WEEK'S DEAR JOHN LETTER!
My husband and I have a couple we hang out with once in a while. I've become pretty good friends with both of them, but they are getting divorced. The wife has been trying to get me to side with her, but I think it's her fault that things have gotten so bad. She's been hanging out with a bunch of single people, many who are divorced and angry at men in general. I've watched as she morphed from a kind woman to a bitter angry person. She was trying to get me to join “the girls” when they went out. I never tagged along. I told her that I like to spend time with my husband. We can hang out together with her and her husband, but now they filed for divorce. She has been calling and messaging me about getting together. I've declined the invite and explained that I like to spend time with my husband instead of with “the girls” but she keeps messaging me. She said she wants to share “her side of things”. I invited her to spend time with me at my home with my husband. She apparently does not want to do that. Am I being stubborn for digging in my heels on this? Should I hear her side? I don't think any of this is any of my business at all. What should I do?
Signed - HappyWife
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