Having some family drama, and I just kind of need to vent really.
My brother, younger than me by 2 and a half years, was in a long term relationship with a complete nutcase for ages. She was older than him by 6 and a half years, and had a child from a previous relationship. My brother proposed to her when they'd been together nearly 2 years, although he was only 17 at the time, and mainly because she had pestered him into it. Boxing day two years ago, they had a little baby girl together.
Now, it's a long complicated story, and I'm not even sure if I can really talk about it, but long story short, she now lives with her maternal uncle and aunt. My brother and his then-fiancee broke up over a year ago, and she tortured him over it, one minute saying she still loved him and she would take him back, the next telling him that he was a horrible person. Only a few months later, she had met someone new, and apparently, they're engaged and living together. I feel sorry for that guy, because she really is a mental case if I'm honest.
Now, my brother met someone online, and they started going out. She was living in Scotland, but not happily, as her family is a bit doolally. I dunno where my brother finds these women but anyway, they started going out about August. About a month ago, things with her family went from bad to worse, and she had to move out, despite having no money. She went to live with her Dad (parents separated years ago), but he lives in a one bedroom flat with his new partner, so it wasn't ideal. So my brother asked if she wanted to move in with him (he still lives with my Mom and youngest brother). My Mom was a bit wary but agreed, so this weekend, my brother went up to Scotland and brought his girlfriend back.
Then yesterday, we were going out to watch a film, and my brother pulls me to one side before we leave, and tells me he proposed on Saturday. I was completely shocked - I mean, the girlfriend is nice enough, but they've only been together 9 months! And haven't really seen each other very much because of the distance! There's nothing I can say to him, because he's very stubborn, plus of course, it's out there now, he can't exactly take it back. But I really think he's rushed into this. I think because of everything that's gone on with his ex and his daughter, he's rushing into it because he's feeling - I dunno, vulnerable? He's only 22, she's 24 (actually 2 weeks older than me), which is still young! Me and my OH have been together 5 years and we only got engaged at Christmas, not that we're the standard to live by, but 9 months! I just can't bear to see him get hurt again
Anyway, sorry about the rant, just needed to get it off my chest...