Woman Confronts Cheating Ex In Heartbreaking Video, Illustrating The Complexities Of Love And Forgiveness

"Everyone makes mistakes and it takes a lot of courage to admit to making those mistakes."

If you've ever been cheated on or wronged by a significant other, you've probably wondered why. Getting an answer — maybe even an apology — might have helped you move on and learn. 

In a video for The Scene, a man named Leonard Long III explains to his ex, Kourtney Jorge, the reasons why he was unfaithful to her, and discusses how his infidelity affected their relationship. Though watching their candid and emotional conversation is difficult, the video is an insightful look into the complexities of a relationship, and sheds light on the fact that, like most things, even infidelity isn't black and white. It doesn't necessarily mean the cheater is a bad person, and the victim is weak, or that the relationship was all bad. 

Sitting face-to-face, Kourtney asks him, "What did you do?" 

"I did everything," Leonard replies. "I had sex with other girls. I did everything,"

Kourtney asks Leonard how many times he cheated on her during their relationship. "I ... I don't know," Leonard replies. "I wasn't counting." Kourtney is so overcome with emotion, she has to leave the set for a moment. 

Leonard asks Kourtney why she didn't just break up with him. "I don't know. I think I was like, stupid," she says. 

"I don't think you're a bad guy because you cheated. I forgave you," Kourtney says. 

"Why?" Leonard asks. 

"Because you're my best friend."

Soon after the video was posted to Twitter, reactions poured in from viewers. People even started using the hashtag #HurtBae for Kourtney.  Both Kourtney and Leonard responded to commenters on Facebook. To provide further clarity on the situation, and thank people for their support, Kourtney commented on the Facebook video. 

"Leonard Long III and I were together for nearly 4 years," Kourtney said. "We experienced a lot of bad times, but also a lot of good times. Everyone makes mistakes and it takes a lot of courage to admit to making those mistakes — just as it takes maturity and confidence to accept an apology and move on with life. I have no ill will towards Leonard and I'm sure vice versa. You live, you love, you grow, and you move on — some sooner than others. Thank you for all the supportive comments and well wishes. I'm certainly in a better place in my life now as this video was made months ago." 

Leonard, on the other hand, wanted to help people understand his position and take responsibility for his actions.

"At the age of 20 I didn't understand the impact of my decisions and the damage I was causing," Leonard said in a comment on the video on Facebook. "I was not man enough to walk away. I acknowledge that I did her wrong, and I have to live with that every day. I cannot take back or fix what I did. What I CAN do is take responsibility for my actions, learn from the outcome, grow from this experience and make sure I don't repeat the same behavior in the future. These comments are disheartening because you all think that you're experts on a relationship that lasted for years from watching a video that was edited down into a couple of minutes. People express their feelings differently. Everyone doesn't cry at a funeral." 

While many people who felt outraged, others learned or related to the video and took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

"This is literally the craziest thing that's ever happened to me," Kourtney wrote on Twitter. "I never thought so many people would see the video. I'm happy if I was able to help anyone going through a similar situation."

The truth is that it's easy to judge someone else's relationship when you're on the outside. Relationships aren't simple, and love and forgiveness is complicated. Hopefully, this video will help people gain some perspective on relationships, infidelity, and the importance of communication. 

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