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From ghosting to phubbing: The new breakup terms you should know

Published 06/10/2015 | 12:14

Actors Sean Penn and Charlize Theron attend the premiere of
Actors Sean Penn and Charlize Theron attend the premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
Russell Brand and Katy Perry
Khloe Kardashian for Complex Magazine Pic: Khloe Kardashian/Twitter
Founder and CEO of J/P Haitian Relief Organization Sean Penn (R) and Charlize Theron attend the 4th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Polk/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)

It's hard to keep up with today's breakup lingo.

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Meaning: Phone snubbing

When you’re in the company of your other half and they spent most of their time on the phone. New research suggests that 22.6% say it causes conflict and 36.6% say it’s made them feel depressed.




Meaning: The ultimate silent treatment

When your partner ignores you completely and inexplicably cuts off all contact with you. Whether you’ve been in a relationship for two weeks of two years, this one hurts the most.

Who’s doing it: Charlize Theron reportedly ghosted Sean Penn at the end of their 18 month romance.



Slow Fade

Meaning: Avoiding contact with your betrothed

If you want to avoid an awkward conversation, avoid them altogether. Not quite as severe as ghosting but they will dramatically decrease the number of calls and texts and don’t expect more than a few words when they do respond.



Conscious Uncoupling

Meaning: A good old-fashioned breakup.

When you’re an Oscar-winning actress and your husband is a rock star, you don’t simply ‘split’ – you part ways via press release.

Who’s doing it: Gwyneth Paltrow coined the term in 2014 when she announced her split with husband Chris Martin.



Revenge body

Meaning: When you look better than ever after a break-up.

That post-split frustration, anger and upset has to go somewhere - so why not take it out on your trainer?

Who’s doing it: Khloe Kardashian flaunted her ‘revenge body’ on the cover of Complex magazine, but pretty much anyone who improved their physique when they’re newly single.



Heartbreak coach

Meaning: Imagine a life coach with the sole goal of improving your mental health after a split.  For $10k (per day), they can help you ‘visualise your dream partner’ and help you move on –at least, according to professional Aurora Winter.

Who’s doing it: Katy Perry reportedly hired a ‘heartbreak coach’ after her divorce from Russell Brand in 2012.



Drunk Mode

Meaning:  How to avoid the dreaded drunk dial to your ex.

This app asks you to answer a relatively easy (depending how much wine you’ve had) question in order to disable Drunk Mode on your phone and thus avoid an awkward, ‘Sorry for calling you at 3am’ text the following day.

Who’s doing it: It reportedly has more than 500,000 users.

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