I hate my partner's manipulative daughter for making him doubt me

DEAR DEIDRE: LIVING with my partner’s spiteful teenage daughter is ruining my relationship.

She’s so horrible to me that I am on the brink of moving out.


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I’m a 45-year-old woman and my partner is 50. We have been together for four years.

His daughter, 16, came to live with us two years ago when her mum got fed up with her.

We got off to a bad start when he gave her my office as her bedroom.

Now I have to work from the kitchen table.

She clearly wants me out of the way. She’s sweet to me when he’s around but deliberately riles me and insults me behind his back.

I honestly hate her – she’s so manipulative.

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She’s succeeded in making my partner doubt me. I know he loves me less than before.

He always takes her side. I think he feels guilty for leaving her mum.

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