You will only get one chance to say the last words to an ex, so it’s understandable that you may agonize over what to say.
Do you tell them you still love them? Do you tell them how much they hurt you?
Is it fair to part by dropping something heavy on them? What are the best last words to say to an ex?
Working out what to say as parting words is not something to take lightly.
Most people want to find the perfect balance of feeling like they said everything they needed to while having no regrets and getting closure on the relationship.
Hopefully, the following examples of last words will help you find exactly what you want to say to your ex:
Best Last Words to Say to an Ex
Obviously, what you want to say depends on how your relationship ended. Hopefully, you’ll find something on that list that relates to your situation:
- “I wish you all the best in life, you’re a special person who deserves it!”
- “Honestly, I’m happy with how things ended, no regrets.”
- “It hurts to let go, but I know deep down that it’s the right thing to do.”
- “It’s right for us to move on to a new chapter, but I’ll always cherish our memories together.”
- “Whatever happened, and however it ended, know that you did change my life for the better.”
- “I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t an emptiness in my heart.”
- “My life is better for having known you, I wish only the best for you.”
- “It hurts that we were not right for each other, but some things are not meant to be.”
- “Hey, I just want to end this by saying I’m sorry about everything that happened between us.”
- “We had something special when things were good, no one can ever take that away.”
Related – More on what to say to an ex who hurt you.
How Do You Say Last Goodbye to Your Ex?
If you want to make sure this is the last thing you say and it really is the last goodbye, you could say one of the following:
- “This will be the last time you hear from me, please respect this boundary.”
- “I’m just not comfortable talking or trying to be friends, this is goodbye.”
- “I’ll let you know if I ever want to be friends, all the best.”
- “I wish nothing but the best for you, but this is the end for us.”
- “We have our memories, and I’m happy about that, but this is the point where I move on for good, bye.”
- “It’s best for both of us if we draw a line and move on from here, take care.”
- “To have our best future, we need to cut each other out.”
- “Today is the day I make a clean break and start to build a new me away from you, bye.”
- “No hard feelings but this is the last time I message you, I need to make a new start.”
- “This is me signing off, all the best!”
What Can I Say to My Ex to Get Closure?
Getting closure is important when you’re trying to part with some final words.
You don’t want sleepless nights wishing you’d said something, or wondering if things could have been different.
To help get closure and truly move on from your ex, try saying one of the following:
- “How do you feel about us now that everything is said and done?”
- “Are you in a place where you can move on?”
- “If there is anything you want to say, I’m here to listen and not judge.”
- “It’s going to be hard, but I’m just going to draw a line here and move on.”
- “I’ve come to terms with how things ended, I hope you have, too.”
- “It was a wild ride, that’ll never change. But now on to new beginnings for us both.”
- “I just want to know, what made you want to give up on us?”
- “I’m moving on, but if there is anything I should have done differently, please let me know.”
- “I wish you the best in the future, I really mean that and I am fine with seeing you move on.”
Last Words to Say to an Ex Who You Want Back
If the breakup of the relationship is out of your control but you want to make it clear that you still love your ex, here are some powerful things to say:
- “I understand you need to be free, but I will wait for you.”
- “No matter what has happened, I still – and always will – love you.”
- “I have to be honest, it’s difficult for me to let you go.”
- “I live in the hope that our paths will cross again one day.”
- “You’re more to me than just a partner, you are my soulmate.”
- “I really hope this isn’t the last goodbye. But if it is, know that you’re taking a piece of me with you.”
- “The more I think about a future without you, the deeper the wound feels.”
- “You’re worth fighting for, I would move the earth for you.”
- “I’ll leave the door open, you can contact me anytime.”
- “I know I’ll never find someone as special as you again, you’re like an angel.”
Last Words to Say to an Ex if You’re Bitter or Angry
I hope things didn’t end on a bad note, but unfortunately, sometimes relationships do crash and burn.
There’s nothing wrong with venting your anger (especially if your partner deserves it). You don’t want to say anything you’ll regret later, so here are some soft burns:
- “I made a voodoo doll of you and I’m going to enjoy sticking pins in it!”
- “I feel so much happier now that we aren’t together.”
- “I’d like to say we’d be better as friends, but I don’t think that is true either.”
- “Now I’ve made space in my life, I can finally fill it with something good.”
- “I now realize how poorly you treated me.”
- “The fact that I don’t feel upset says it all.”
- “We had some fun times, but looking back – it just wasn’t worth it.”
- “I hope you have a good life – and treat your next partner better than you did me.”
- “I should have listened to what everyone was saying about you at the start, that’s my bad.”
- “The only thing I would have done differently would have been to end it sooner.”
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.