A man has received backlash online after he revealed that he did not tell his parents that he had a child ten years ago.
The unnamed man took to Reddit and said that he hoped people would tell him he wasn’t in the wrong for keeping his child a secret but angry Redditors slammed his actions.
He explained that he got someone pregnant when he was a teen and a decade later, the child’s mother had requested help from him.
But the man said that he didn’t want to be involved in the child’s life.
“I had a child when I was 19. I wasn’t ready to be a dad and I asked her to get an abortion. She refused and we decided she could keep the baby and I’ll pay child support but I wouldn’t be involved in her life. I didn’t tell my family about it,” he wrote.
“Three months ago when I was at work I received a lot of angry messages from my parents asking me if I have a child.
“Apparently my ex had told them everything because she is sick and wants someone to look after the kid since her own family refused to do this.”
The man said that his parents were mad at him, telling him that he was selfish to keep their granddaughter a secret from them.
“I told them that I can’t stop them from doing this but I still don’t want to be her dad and they agreed. She has been living with us for the past three months but everyone forgot about our agreement,” he went on.
When her parents left her daughter with him as they had to go somewhere, he said that he didn’t want to babysit.
“As soon as they left she started coming into my bedroom with different excuses. I finally got annoyed and told her to go to her room and not to come out until her grandparents come home,” he said.
When his parents returned, they called him an AH for “being a horrible dad.”
“But I never wanted to be a dad and I made it clear several times,” he said. “Am I the a****le?”
Reddit users were quick to slam the man, with one person commenting: “The complete lack of empathy from him is astounding. It would be one thing if he really doesn’t want to be a dad, but he should still have human empathy for a child in distress.”
Another wrote: “From a person to person- have you no civility? Must you be a miserable entity to a 10-year-old child? What happened to you to be so unkind?”
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