My son is heartbroken after his first break-up – how do I help him?

DEAR DEIDRE: FOLLOWING the breakup of what was his first serious relationship, my 25-year-old son is heartbroken. I don’t know how to help him.

He met this girl at university, bought a flat with her and thought they would get married one day.

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But it turned out she had been cheating on him for months.

He has ended up living back at home with me and his mother while the legal matters are sorted.

We are devastated for him – and she was like a daughter to us. As his dad, I feel helpless seeing him in so much pain.

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He sobbed his heart out and cried like a baby in my arms.

I’m 52 and want to help him get over this and rebuild his life. But I don’t know what to say or do that could possibly help.

DEIDRE SAYS: Your love for your son is clear and this in itself will help him.

Be there to talk to him. Give him the benefit of your wisdom and experience.

Tell him you do understand the pain of losing his first love but make it clear he will feel better in time.

As you know, nothing in life stays the same and he will be happy again – or even happier.

Also, give him my support pack Mend Your Broken Heart to read.

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