Our expert says:
When you say "the relationship went through it all : cheating, dishonesty, trust issues, physical abuse, mental abuse " I'm assuming these are things HE did to YOU, rather than the other way around ? Or did you share some of these "mistakes" ?
It sounds as though you have made many significant sacrifices for his benefit, and he has made none for your benefit. What a cheek for him to complain that you "have an ego" ? Everyone has one, but yours maybe isn't self-confident enough, and his is far too much so.
After all he's done to you, most especially, its worthless for him to br throwing your past mistakes back at you ( I assume, again, he isn't in the habit of throwing his own past mistakes back at himself ? )
Explore the opportunities for you to revive your skills and work opportunities as a chef.
Its a common mistake for people, especially for women, to stay with a cruel person who is abusive and makes them miserable, "for the sake of the child" - it is not good for a child to be in a family where he sees his father be unkind and worse to his mother, and to see his mother accept it. It teaches him unpleasant conclusions about how men and women are supposed to be together, and how the world world. The negativity is not wholesome.
Do what's best for you and the child, in the way safest for you both. And that may include leaving him, as he is not at all likely to change for the better, and seeking ways of fulfilling your valid earlier dreams.
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