Faith Bistline was excited for her 30th birthday trip to Costa Rica with her boyfriend, but a few weeks before they were to leave, she received an unsettling Facebook message.
“Is he your boyfriend?” the message asked, inquiring about a photo Bistline posted with her boyfriend of 18 months. “Because he’s been dating my friend for the past 10 months.”
Bistline was in disbelief. There had to be a mistake.
She took a screenshot and forwarded it to her boyfriend. He saw the message, she said, but he didn’t reply.
The inquiry came in late August from a woman who said her friend and co-worker, Emely Ortiz, was also his girlfriend.
Soon, Bistline got a text from Ortiz introducing herself and saying she’d been dating the guy for nearly a year, and believed they were exclusive.
“I just want to know how long you guys have been dating for,” Ortiz, 22, said. “Did he ever mention me to you or you had no clue,” she asked.
Bistline answered: “I had no idea. This is sorta freaking me out. We’ve been dating 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 boyfriend, who is 33, and his two unsuspecting girlfriends all work in health care and live in Las Vegas.
He wasn’t responding to Ortiz that day either. But the women continued to text each other. They sent each other photos of him to be sure he was the same guy, they talked about where they left their toothbrushes in his bathroom when they slept over, the gray fuzzy robe he wore around the apartment. How he met their families.
Over the next few days, they dumped the boyfriend and began to console each …….