Beware of Red Tuesday – top day of the year to be dumped is today

* The Tuesday before Valentine’s day is the day you’re most likely to get dumped – compared to any other day of the year!
* 36% of people have broken up with their partner in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day
* 2 out of 3 of those broke up with their partner on Red Tuesda
* The number one most popular way to dump someone is by text!
* Results come from new survey by, the UK’s leading dating website for married people

It’s the week of love, but not for everyone.

Beware, as Red Tuesday, only six days before Valentine’s day – is the day you’re most likely to get dumped! As if this year couldn’t get any worse.

36% of people have broken up with their significant other in the week leading up to Valentine’s day. A staggering 2 out of 3 of those have ditched their partners on Red Tuesday (67%).

Results come from a new survey of 2000 members of, the UK’s leading dating website for married people.

A further 28% ended things in the week leading up to the big day.

5% actually called it quits on Valentines day itself – savage. 

Whilst some of us are preparing gifts and declarations of love – others are scheming on how to escape their relationships.

The most popular way to throw in the towel was by text message 32%, followed by a phone call 24%. 

Only 20% of people broke the news to their partners in person.

A whopping 16% ditch their partner via social media, turns out you only really need 140 characters to break someone’s heart.

6% of people didn’t even deliver the news themselves. Opting instead to get a friend or relative to do it on their behalf – don’t shoot the messenger.

Best to avoid the postman today, as a shocking 2% send a letter to break the news that they no longer want to be together.

Covid-19 is going to make this year’s Red Tuesday that much worse, with stay at home orders, couples who live together will struggle to move on. 

No doubt the pandemic has had an impact on many relationship breakdowns in the course of the last year, with a previous poll of 1500 married affair-seekers, indicating 82% agree their relationship with their spouse has suffered due to the covid restrictions.*

Jessica Leoni, sex and relationships expert at, said ‘Ohh, he did you dirty girl! What a way to seal the deal. 

As many of us revel in the romance of the week ahead, today tons of people are going to be trying to mend their broken hearts, giving a whole new meaning to lovesick.

Sometimes you’ve got to be cruel to be kind. If people are dishing out break-ups just before Valentines day, it’s best to leave the table gracefully. 

Red Tuesday is spurred on by guilt, fear, and perhaps a little pity for the other half. If you’re not quite as loved up as you think you should be, leading up to the most romantic day of the year, then there’s no surprise why you might want to cut ties. 

My advice to the jilted lovers, don’t be too hard on yourself. Valentines day puts a lot of pressure on couples, and if your relationship is already on the rocks, V-day is only going to rock the boat.”

Method of breaking up

Text Message 32%
Phone call 24%
In person 20%
Via social media 16%
Through a friend or family member 6%
By post 2%

* Poll by, 14th January 2021

NOTES TO EDITOR is the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity. With over 1,000,000 genuine UK users since 2004, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2004, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 12 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

We’re always more than happy to talk about – please contact Christian Grant through the details below – but we’re not willing to speak publicly about at this moment in time.


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