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'We deserve this': Women go on breakup vacation together after discovering both were dating the same man

Faith Bistline and Emely Ortiz dumped their boyfriend and went on a trip to Costa Rica to heal themselves together
Faith Bistline and Emely Ortiz dumped their boyfriend and went on a vacation together (Facebook/Faith Amelia)
Faith Bistline and Emely Ortiz dumped their boyfriend and went on a vacation together (Facebook/Faith Amelia)

Two women who dated the same man went on a 'breakup vacation' together after finding out that the man was cheating on them with the other.

Faith Bistline was planning to celebrate her 30th birthday with her boyfriend in Costa Rica. However, a Facebook message she received took her completely by surprise and threw a wrench into her plans. "Is he your boyfriend?" the message read, referring to a picture she had posted of her 18-month boyfriend. "Because he's been dating my friend for the past 10 months," it added. Though she eventually confronted the boyfriend about this, he ignored the message despite seeing it, she claimed to The Washington Post.


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Soon, Bistline received a text from the coworker and friend of the whistleblower, Emely Ortiz, who had been seeing the man for about a year and thought they were exclusive. "I just want to know how long you guys have been dating for," The 22-year-old asked, "Did he ever mention me to you or you had no clue." Bistline answered, "I had no idea. This is sorta freaking me out. We've been dating for almost a year and a half. I'm trying to give him the opportunity to explain himself to me but he's not responding to me right now."

The women, who both work in healthcare and reside in Las Vegas like their now-ex-boyfriend, sent each other pictures of the man to verify that it was the same person. They also exchanged information about how he met their families, where they left their toothbrushes when they stayed over, and the grey fuzzy robe he wore around the apartment. The missing pieces started to fit together gradually. While Ortiz, a medical assistant, met him at the clinic where her partner, a doctor, completed his residency, Bistline, a nurse, met him through friends a year earlier in April 2021. In October 2021, he asked her out without giving her even the tiniest sign that he was already dating someone else.

After two days, the boyfriend (who will not be named due to privacy concerns) finally responded to Bistline's message, and he was in no way sorry for what he had done. "The first thing he said was, 'So I guess I have a little bit of explaining to do.' And then he put this little, like, half-laugh emoji, That really rubbed me the wrong way. I'm like, 'Is this funny to you?'" Bistline said. Ortiz didn't wait for a response, though. The moment she learned, she went right to his house. She admitted that she waited outside for hours, but he never arrived. "I think I called him, like, a hundred times," she said. The following evening, Ortiz returned to his flat and discovered him there. "I confronted him," she said. "He said, 'What are you talking about? Are you crazy?' And then I pulled up the messages, and he was like, 'Oh... yeah..'" Then he apologized, she said, and told her, "I never should have let it get out of hand."

Bistline and Ortiz dumped their partner over the next few days and concentrated on repairing their wounded hearts. At this time, Bistline informed Ortiz of her forthcoming vacation to Costa Rica for her birthday. Despite having paid for everything, she decided against taking her cheating ex as she had originally intended. She requested Ortiz's company instead. "If you're serious about Costa Rica, let me know. I'm dead serious about bringing you instead of him lol," Bistline wrote. "Yes I'm serious about Costa Rica we need a vacation after this," Ortiz replied.

Three weeks after learning of their boyfriend's deceit, on September 16, the women traveled to Costa Rica as a pair. Bistline even posted several pictures of the duo on the vacation on Facebook.


"I didn't want to go alone, "I was thinking it would probably help us both to go on a trip like this. We deserve this after what we've gone through." Bistline explained. Ortiz said, "At first I was like, this girl is crazy. But I just thought, it might be good for us to heal together because we're the only two people who know what we went through." 

While exploring the jungle and waterfalls for four days, Bistline and Ortiz sought healing and dealt with their betrayal. The women are now close friends. Ortiz claims that in addition to making a new friend, the event has taught her a valuable lesson. "Always listen to your intuition," she says.