Relationships come and go, and posing for a family photo with a boyfriend or girlfriend can be a risky proposition. If the relationship fails to last the test of time, there is an eternal reminder of it in the family photo album.
Chloe Forsberg of Southampton, England, recently broke up with her boyfriend of four years. She was ready to move on, but after so much time together, he was in an innumerable amount of pictures with the family.
That’s when her sister came up with a genius solution.
Chloe’s sister Emily cropped Chloe’s ex-boyfriend out of some precious family photos.
“My cousin got married and my boyfriend — we were together four years — he was in all the official pictures,” Chloe said to TODAY. “I felt a bit bad to have the pictures ruined with photos of him. But my sister made me feel a bit better about it.”
Because her boyfriend was standing near the center of the photo, it would have been a challenge to simply erase him. Even if she could, there would have been an obvious gap where he was standing before the photo was edited.
So Emily decided to replace him with someone who would never stick out like a sore thumb in family snapshots. Chloe’s ex-boyfriend was out, and the family’s most loyal, trustworthy, and fluffiest member was in.
“When we broke up six months (after the wedding), my sister thought it’d be fun to replace him with a picture of my cat. It was a joke, really,” Chloe said.
Emily swapped out Chloe’s ex-boyfriend with a photo of her cat standing on its hind legs.
Standing nearly 6 feet tall, the family cat is now the tallest one in the image. It’s both adorable and unsettling at the same time.
“My sister kindly replaced my ex with the cat,” Chloe said in the tweet in which the images were posted.
And while you’d expect something like this to have been done on the powerful photo editing platform Photoshop, Emily proudly declared it was all done on Microsoft Paint.
The family cat, named Woof, was adopted by the family when Chloe was only 10 years old. Woof passed away in 2017 at the age of 16, but the photo edits ensure he’ll be remembered forever.
“It’s been quite a nice way for him to be remembered,” Chloe said to the Dodo. “Woof loved me and our family unconditionally and was always around and giving affection.”
“I’m always looking though photos of him and remembering funny stories even a year on.”
While most found the edit hilarious, others thought it was cruel.
Chloe and Emily both insist it was done in good fun, and there is no ill intention directed towards Chloe’s ex-boyfriend. In fact, she showed him the images before they went viral on Twitter.
“No hard feelings toward my ex-boyfriend!” Chloe said. “We spoke about it and we had a laugh.”
“Some people thought it was a bit of a cruel thing, but he found it funny!”