When your husband doesn’t love you, you can feel it every time you’re in the same room together.
You see it in the way he looks at you (when he actually does).
And it hurts every time — especially if you still love him.
How did it come to this?
When did he stop caring? Why did he stop?
And how do you figure out what to do when your husband doesn’t want you anymore?
- How Do You Know If Your Husband Is Still in Love with You?
- 35 Signs Your Husband Isn’t In Love With You
- 1. He doesn’t say those three magic words anymore.
- 2. He doesn’t try to start conversations with you.
- 3. He shows no interest in what you do.
- 4. He doesn’t pay you compliments anymore.
- 5. He doesn’t bother remembering important dates.
- 6. He doesn’t want to talk (to you).
- 7. He slips passive-aggressive digs into most conversations with you.
- 8. He doesn’t hug or kiss you anymore (or not voluntarily).
- 9. He doesn’t bother trying to get you in the mood, either.
- 10. He resists or complains when you ask him to do something for you.
- 11. He’s more interested in pleasing himself than in pleasing you.
- 12. He’s not interested in going out on dates with you.
- 13. He’s nicer to other people than he is to you.
- 14. He doesn’t seem to notice or care when you’re sick or hurting.
- 15. He doesn’t miss you when you’re apart.
- 16. In fact, he seems disappointed when he sees you.
- 17. He’s at his worst when he’s around you.
- 18. He doesn’t bother trying to look good for you.
- 19. Even if he can afford better (for himself), he’s a cheapskate when it comes to you.
- 20. Everything you do or say irritates him.
- 21. He avoids you when he can.
- 22. He flirts with other women in front of you.
- 23. You could flirt with everyone else in the room, and he wouldn’t care.
- 24. He blames you for…everything.
- 25. He’s quick to point out your “faults.”
- 26. He criticizes you in front of other people.
- 27. He celebrates his wins with other people—not with you.
- 28. He doesn’t talk about your future together.
- 29. He floats the idea of divorce or separation.
- 30. He finds a million ways to disrespect you.
- 31. He badmouths you to your kids.
- 32. Fights have become more frequent.
- 33. He takes you for granted.
- 34. He rarely apologizes when he hurts you.
- 35. He prioritizes other things over you.
- What Are the Signs of a Loveless Marriage?
- Why Doesn’t My Husband Love Me Anymore?
- What To Do When Your Husband Doesn’t Love You Anymore
How Do You Know If Your Husband Is Still in Love with You?
If you’re at the point where you’re asking, “Does my husband love me?” you’ve probably already tried some things to gauge his response.
You’ve noticed some things that used to draw him closer to you now push him away.
He’s shut you out, and you don’t know why.
You might already be thinking, “My husband doesn’t love me anymore,” and looking for evidence of that.
While some things can be interpreted differently, depending on the context, we’ve identified 31 signs that point to something more serious than a bad mood.
35 Signs Your Husband Isn’t In Love With You
Read carefully through each of the signs your husband doesn’t love you, and make a note of the ones that stand out.
Create a list of your own to keep handy if your husband agrees to couples counseling.
It may come in handy for other things, too.
1. He doesn’t say those three magic words anymore.
It’s been forever since he’s said the words, “I love you,” — or at least said them in a way you know he means it. If you say “I love you” to him, he may mechanically repeat it back to you, but you feel there’s little or nothing behind the words.
2. He doesn’t try to start conversations with you.
He doesn’t initiate conversations with you anymore. If you seem bothered by something, he’s more likely to avoid you than to ask about it. Maybe he used to try to get you talking, but now he visibly tenses at the sound of your voice.
3. He shows no interest in what you do.
He doesn’t seem remotely curious about what you did while you were apart. He did his thing, and you did yours, and that’s enough for him. Whatever you did with your time is not something he really cares to know. So, he doesn’t ask.
4. He doesn’t pay you compliments anymore.
You can’t remember the last time he gave you a genuine compliment. Even when you accomplish something you’re proud of or dress nicely for a special occasion, he either says nothing or mutters something that sounds more like an insult.
5. He doesn’t bother remembering important dates.
Your anniversaries and birthdays are nonevents to him, or so it seems. He doesn’t remember any significant dates unless there’s something in it for him. And even then, if he can avoid including you, he does. Ask him why and he’s more irritated than apologetic.
6. He doesn’t want to talk (to you).
He answers your questions evasively if he answers them at all. If you notice him looking bothered and ask him about it, it’s “nothing,” or he doesn’t want to talk about it—not with you, anyway. You don’t remember the last time he confided in you.
7. He slips passive-aggressive digs into most conversations with you.
Try to talk to him about a shared interest, and he finds a way to work in a passive-aggressive comment. And it stings. He never used to do this with you—or you haven’t noticed until now. Question him about it, though, and he takes offense.
8. He doesn’t hug or kiss you anymore (or not voluntarily).
He never spontaneously offers a hug anymore. And as for a kiss, if you ask him for one, he might oblige, but he doesn’t seem to enjoy it.
It’s just a thing he’s doing out of a sense of obligation. So, you’ve stopped asking.
9. He doesn’t bother trying to get you in the mood, either.
Forget about passion and romance. If he seems indifferent to kisses, he’s either ambivalent about sex or just going through the motions when you’re together. It’s all about the gratification, with little if any interest in connecting with you.
10. He resists or complains when you ask him to do something for you.
Even if he grudgingly agrees to it, he doesn’t often follow through. And when he doesn’t, he always has an excuse. He just doesn’t want to make an effort anymore. And you wonder when you stopped being worth it to him.
11. He’s more interested in pleasing himself than in pleasing you.
If you want to do anything with him, it has to be what he wants to do. Your wants and needs take a back seat to his.
If he ever asks what you want, he seems put out if your desires don’t match his. He sees it as further proof you’ve grown apart.
12. He’s not interested in going out on dates with you.
Maybe you used to have regular date nights, but at some point, you stopped. Life got in the way, and both of you found other things to do with your time—or at least he did. And he’s not inclined to make time for it again.
13. He’s nicer to other people than he is to you.
You’ve noticed he’s more friendly, easygoing, and generous with other people than he is with you. When you’re alone together, he’s back to being sullen and silent or argumentative. You rarely hear a kind word from him.
14. He doesn’t seem to notice or care when you’re sick or hurting.
He might ask what’s up with you if your being sick interferes with serving his needs. But if you’re feeling ill or suffering in some other way, he’d just as soon leave you to that. He won’t change his plans to be there for you.
15. He doesn’t miss you when you’re apart.
If he even notices your absence, it clearly doesn’t bother him. You could be stuck at work for an extra few hours, and he wouldn’t even call or text to check on you. And he barely acknowledges you when you show up.
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16. In fact, he seems disappointed when he sees you.
Your eyes meet, and if he had a smile on his face before, it fades as he takes notice of you. He had plans, after all.
And they don’t include you. You can’t remember the last time they did.
17. He’s at his worst when he’s around you.
You wouldn’t believe it if it weren’t for the fact that his friends and family have noticed the same. When you’re around—and especially when you’re close to him—he’s a different person. He’s more pleasant to be around when you’re not there.
18. He doesn’t bother trying to look good for you.
You don’t expect him to dress up for you every day—nor would you do the same for him. But when you dress for a special occasion, it’s more than a little deflating when he doesn’t bother changing out of his loungewear.
19. Even if he can afford better (for himself), he’s a cheapskate when it comes to you.
If you’d like a glass of wine, he orders the cheapest stuff they have. If you’d like to try something other than your usual, he complains if it costs more. Yet, he doesn’t hesitate to splurge on his own food and drink.
20. Everything you do or say irritates him.
The two of you used to laugh together and talk for hours. Now, everything that comes out of your mouth either offends or irritates him. Every attempt at humor backfires. Every kind word earns a scornful look or roll of the eyes.
21. He avoids you when he can.
He seems allergic to your company. And trying to engage him in conversation is one of the quickest ways to get him out the door. Ask him to spend time with you, and he usually has an excuse ready.
22. He flirts with other women in front of you.
He doesn’t even try to hide it. If anything, he justifies it. Or he gaslights you when you confront him. He can’t help it if you see every conversation with another woman as flirting. He takes offense and blames you for being “paranoid.”
23. You could flirt with everyone else in the room, and he wouldn’t care.
He shows zero interest if you turn the tables and flirt with other people right in front of him.
He might use that against you later, but he doesn’t try to keep you all to himself. He might even encourage you to get acquainted with someone who looks like your type.
24. He blames you for…everything.
It’s all your fault for not trying hard enough, for not doing enough for him, for not being the same person he fell in love with, for trying to change him, for not presenting a “united front” with your kids (by doing things his way all the time), and so on.
25. He’s quick to point out your “faults.”
Maybe he used to focus on what he loved about you, but now he’s fixated on all the things he doesn’t like, whether it has to do with your personality, your looks, or your choices. And he’s quick to remind you how those perceived “faults” have damaged your relationship.
26. He criticizes you in front of other people.
He doesn’t bother putting on a front when other people are around. If he has a problem with something you’ve said or done, he’ll openly criticize you in front of everyone. And he can always find something to use against you.
27. He celebrates his wins with other people—not with you.
When something good happens, he’s eager to share the news with friends and at least some of his family—but not with you. You’re more likely to learn about it second-hand.
28. He doesn’t talk about your future together.
He never talks about any plans for the future that include you. He may not be obvious in his exclusion. But if you ask him where he sees the two of you ten years from now (or even five), he answers evasively. He might even suggest separate futures.
29. He floats the idea of divorce or separation.
He brings it up as a possibility to see how you react. If you take offense, he might backtrack a bit and tell you he was just kidding or that he doesn’t know the future. And he can’t say you’ll always be together.
30. He finds a million ways to disrespect you.
Every moment together is an opportunity for him to disrespect you in some way. It’s become such a regular thing that you wonder if maybe this is about more than his not being in love with you. You wonder if he actually hates you now.
31. He badmouths you to your kids.
If he’s stooped this low—trying to poison your own kids against you—it’s time to consider whether divorce might be best for everyone. Your kids deserve better than to be put in that position, even if your husband swears he was “only venting.”
32. Fights have become more frequent.
Communication with your wife used to be peaceful, but now, every conversation turns into a fight. The fights have become more frequent, and the tone of the arguments has escalated.
Nowadays, you only find yourselves yelling or saying things you would normally not say to each other. The connection you once had seems to have disappeared, and now there is just anger and frustration. Every day feels like walking on eggshells around each other- waiting for things to blow up at any moment.
33. He takes you for granted.
It usually starts with you no longer doing things you used to do, like buying her favorite flowers, complimenting her, or simply spending quality time together. You also stop consulting her when making important decisions that affect both of you.
Additionally, you tend to stop putting effort into the small things that keep a relationship going, like holding hands or cuddling. You even forget important dates like your anniversary or her birthday, making her feel unappreciated and neglected.
34. He rarely apologizes when he hurts you.
Relationships are all about mutual respect and caring. Taking ownership when you hurt your partner is essential for a healthy dynamic in the relationship.
If he does not apologize for comments or behavior that he would have previously addressed with you, it might mean something deeper going on. Perhaps he doesn’t care to resolve issues as much as he used to.
35. He prioritizes other things over you.
It’s normal to have multiple priorities in life. The problem, however, comes in when you find yourself constantly putting other things ahead of your spouse. It could be an early sign that his feelings toward you have changed.
Maybe he once saw you as his top priority, and now work, hobbies, or friends have taken that place.
Or you used to prefer spending Friday nights together, but now he’s more interested in going out with friends instead.
What Are the Signs of a Loveless Marriage?
Loveless marriages are devoid of genuine, romantic affection. Some people are fine with logistical partnerships and remain hitched for continuity’s sake. Others, however, tackle the matter head-on.
So what should people in the latter group learn to recognize? What behaviors indicate that a spouse has checked out of a marriage? Most situations are marked by one of five behavioral tracks.
- Indifferent: They stop caring about what you say, want, and feel. It’ll often seem like they’re ignoring you. Indifference can be the most difficult behavioral pattern to handle during a relationship’s deterioration because it prevents you from effectively channeling emotions, good or bad.
- Critical: Some estranged spouses will be overly critical to get their partner to leave. It’s a cowardly act that too many people use.
- Malicious: Partners who’ve fallen out of love over infidelity or other betrayals may hold a grudge and actively try to sabotage the logistics of your life, like cutting access to bank accounts or surreptitiously selling their spouse’s home.
- Ruinous: Immature individuals may make it their business to smear your character. They may start rumors to turn friends and family members against you. In some cases, they may even try to ruin your professional reputation.
- Friendship: Not all people who fall out of love fall out of like. In those cases, the disenchanted party will go out of their way to be kind.
Why Doesn’t My Husband Love Me Anymore?
We’ve discussed the signs your husband may no longer be in love. Now let’s explore the other side of the equation: Why? What are the common reasons people fall out of love?
1. He’s Changed
He’s not the same guy you married. It happens. People grow and change throughout their life. You and your spouse will grow in similar directions if you get lucky. If not, love can be lost.
2. You’ve Changed
Or maybe you’re the one who’s a mere outline of your former self. He’s stayed the same, but you’ve outgrown the mold. In such cases, he may feel emotionally betrayed and thus fall out of love.
3. He Found Someone Else
They say all is fair in love and war. Sometimes, affection comes in the most inconvenient packages. Being the “odd man out” can be devastating in these situations, and there ought to be a natural law preventing it, but sometimes you end up in the worst timeline.
4. Your Goals No Longer Align
You may tolerate each other, even like each other, but your goals no longer align, weakening your connection. These situations can be heartbreaking because a type of love remains, but it’s not sustainable.
5. There’s a Medical Reason
Maybe your partner or you has developed a mental health condition that’s difficult to navigate. Or perhaps a physical ailment or addiction has shattered the relationship dynamics. Whatever the case, medical realities are often at the root of lost affection.
What To Do When Your Husband Doesn’t Love You Anymore
It’s sad, but you’re facing the fact: Your husband has checked out, and you’re currently stuck in a loveless marriage. Now what?
The first thing you must determine is whether you’re staying or going. If you pick the latter path, consider these four points.
- Self-Care: Breakups are big life transitions. And during such momentous times, it’s vital to check in with your physical and mental health. Take time to and for yourself. Give yourself the time, space, and resources to heal.
- Confidence: Confidence is the key to overcoming a failed marriage. See a therapist or read books written by them. Say, wear, and participate in things that make you feel good about yourself and the world around you.
- Family: Few things are stronger than a healthy family bond. If you’re lucky enough to have a close family, lean on them during this metamorphosis. Open up and share exactly how you’re feeling. If anyone will support you through the change, it’s them.
- Friendship: Some people may lump friends and family together, but we see them as separate categories. After all, adults can hang out with people their family doesn’t enjoy (and vice versa). No rule says you must get along with all your buddies’ relatives. Moreover, pals can be helpful, stress-release valves that aren’t entwined in family dynamics and history.
Recognizing these signs is heart-wrenching, but essential for your well-being. When love, respect, and affection are missing from your marriage, it may be time to seek professional advice or bravely step into a new chapter where love and appreciation envelop you. Remember, you deserve a relationship that brings joy, security, and unwavering love.