I’ve been with my partner 10 years but we don’t live together – I have my own caravan because I need my space | The Sun

I’ve been with my partner 10 years but we don’t live together – I have my own caravan because I need my space | The Sun

June 16, 2022

WHEN it comes to relationships, one size definitely doesn’t fit all – and one woman has shared how she prefers to live separately from her partner of ten years.

TikTok user @pocketlife revealed why their relationship is stronger because of it – but it has split opinion.


In a video, she said: “I’ve been in a relationship with my partner for over a decade but we choose to live separately and here’s why.

“I love my partner and I don’t actually see our relationship really to be any different to people who are married or living together.

“We have our differences and instead of breaking up over those differences we have just found a way to work around them.”

She explained how her partner works a traditional nine-to-five job and she is self-employed so has a less rigid schedule.

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She continued: “By us living separately we are not disturbing our partner’s sleep.

“But the best part of living separately is I have the whole bed to myself.”

The TikTok user also said she loves spending time alone and so does her partner, so their solo living suits them both.

Another perk is getting to decorate her home exactly as she’d like and doesn’t have to compromise for her partner.

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She added: “I’m a pretty minimalist person, obviously living in a tiny home, and I’m also probably a bit OCD when it comes to clean and tidiness, so by us living separately it means we can avoid conflict about domestic shortcomings.”

In a follow-up video, she continued: “Living separately allows us to feel a sense of independence and express ourselves how we like in our home.

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“When we spend time together we do so to simply enjoy each other’s company.”

Many people were split on the living situation, with lots of viewers supporting her. 

One person wrote: “It may not be traditional but I sooooo GET you!”

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Another added: “love it, I feel trapped living with a partner I prefer to live separately too.”

However, one disagreed and said: “That's not a partnership, thats a friend with benefits.”

One TikTok user said they had found a compromise in their relationship, and explained: “We live in the same house but have our own bedrooms.”





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