Three unsuspecting women. One cheating boyfriend. And the epic road trip of a lifetime. Can this plucky trio of former flames bond over the man who done ’em wrong to find love, laughter, adventure, and friendships that will last a lifetime?
Cue the uplifting soundtrack, right?
Well yes, if this were the trailer to a Hollywood movie—but this tale of three women who went from hoodwinked GFs to unlikely BFFs just happens to be true.
Abi Roberts, Bekah King, and Morgan Tabor were all dating someone they thought was a great guy—only it turned out their Prince Charming happened to be dating all three of them at the same time.
Around last Christmas, some too-friendly texts and flirtatious photos that seemingly paired her honey with several other females led Tabor to believe something strange might be going on. As it turned out, her less-than stalwart lover’s social media accounts confirmed her worst suspicions.
Tabor, who lives in Salt Lake City, reached out to one girl via Instagram to share the bad news that their “exclusive” boyfriend was less than exclusive. The feeling of shock and dismay they shared was also mutual.
But that relationship was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Tabor’s further sleuthing revealed that in addition to the young woman she’d already contacted, “the boyfriend who shall remain nameless” had been simultaneously dating Roberts, a Utah State University student and artist from Boise, Idaho.
“We were having a great time, and then around December, I got a text from two girls,” Roberts told The Salt Lake City Tribune. “One of them… basically said, ‘Hey, are you dating this person?’ And I said yes. And they’re like, ‘Well, we’re both dating him, too.’ So that was a huge shocker.”
In a moment straight out of the movies, the Lothario was busted when he showed up on Tabor’s doorstep, a courtly bouquet of flowers in hand, during a revelatory FaceTime chat between Tabor and Roberts.
While he tried to talk his way around his dodgy dating agenda, the girls weren’t buying the sorry line of defense he was trying to sell.
Following a hunch there might be more members in their strange and growing sisterhood, Tabor and Roberts followed the evidence, eventually tracking down another half-dozen women he was also seeing. One of them turned out to be King, who also hails from Boise.
After a brief confab, all three summarily dumped him. But rather than become bitter over the experience, in the months that followed, the three women bonded, eventually deciding to meet up.
“We did a lot of trauma processing and memory sharing, and it was obvious that we were all really cool, fun people who had a lot in common,” Roberts told the Washington Post. “Right away, we became good friends.”
During their initial get-together, the three recounted relationship stories about their departed beau. A creature of habit, they learned he’d chosen women with remarkably similar likes, interests, and pastimes. And, keeping true to form, he’d also told them all about his romantic dream of traveling the country in an old VW bus.
It was while they were laughing over his predictability that they had a lightbulb moment. Why not take that dream and turn it into a reality?
Soon enough, the women were making plans. With the help of friends and family, they obtained an old school bus and parked it in Boise, where they up-fitted it into a modern-day tiny house on wheels straight out of the pages of a glossy magazine.
This summer, they hit the road.
The trio’s travel itinerary includes Washington State; Yellowstone, Glacier, and Grand Teton National Parks, and a drive south along the West Coast. The women all take turns at the wheel and to finance the journey, each of them works on a remote basis several hours per week.
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To say the trip has been transformational is an understatement.
As the old saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” While none of the three women could have foreseen how sweet the eventual outcome of this particular journey would be when they first met, rather than getting mad and getting even, they’ve chosen instead to take the high road.
“I think sometimes, at face value, a lot of people think we’re just doing this [to spite our ex], but no,” Roberts told SLT. “This is very authentically us following our dreams and taking opportunities and we’re excited about it.”
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“What this guy did to us doesn’t define our lives,” Roberts told Washington Post. “We all feel really blessed that we found each other. We’re friends for life.”
Okay, roll the credits, cue the inspiring music—and maybe see if Drew Barrymore is available to direct?
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