18 Signs Your Husband Doesn’t Love You Anymore (With Expert Insights)

Realizing that your husband might not love you anymore can be incredibly painful and confusing. You might be noticing small changes in his behavior or feeling an emotional distance that wasn’t there before.

These feelings can leave you wondering if you’re just overthinking things or if there’s truly something to be concerned about.

Please know that you’re not alone, and I’m here to help you make sense of these emotions. Let’s look at some common signs that your husband’s feelings might have changed and practical ways to address them.

Do any of these signs seem familiar to you?

Disclaimer: The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as professional advice. Individual situations may vary, and readers should seek a licensed therapist or counselor for personalized guidance.

He Stops Showing Affection and Intimacy

When your husband stops showing affection and intimacy, it can feel like a cold wind has swept into your relationship. Affection includes those little things like a warm hug, a kiss on the cheek, or simply holding hands. If these simple gestures become rare or completely disappear, it’s natural to feel a bit worried.

Here’s a quick checklist to consider:

  • He stops cuddling while watching TV.
  • He avoids holding hands in public.
  • He no longer gives you a goodnight kiss.
  • You no longer receive a comforting hug after a long day.
  • He no longer kisses you before leaving for work.

These little acts of affection mean a lot. If you notice they’re missing, it might be time for a heartfelt chat to understand what’s going on.

He Stops Making Future Plans With You

Planning a future together is one of the most exciting parts of a relationship. Whether it’s dreaming about an upcoming vacation or talking about long-term goals, making plans together helps build a shared vision for your life.

If your husband stops including you in these plans or avoids future-related talks, it can be pretty unsettling. Imagine the contrast: You used to dream together about traveling to new places or maybe buying a house. Now, those exciting conversations are off the table.

It’s important to address this without jumping to conclusions, though. Maybe he’s just stressed about something else?

He Holds Back on Saying “I Love You”

When “I love you” starts to vanish from your conversations, it can feel like a tiny piece of your relationship is slipping away. It can leave you feeling cold and confused. After all, those three words carry a lot of emotional weight, and their absence can speak volumes.

Consider how often he used to say “I love you” before leaving for work or before you both went to bed. If those moments are now followed by silence, it might be a sign something’s changed.

This doesn’t automatically mean he doesn’t love you anymore, but it’s worth having an open and honest conversation to understand why these words are missing.

He Stops Doing Things That Made You Happy

Back when things were good, your husband might have gone out of his way to make you smile. Maybe he’d bring you your favorite snacks just because, or plan date nights to your favorite restaurant. If he stops doing these things, it can feel like the spark has dimmed a bit.

Ask yourself if he’s still putting in that effort to do small, thoughtful things for you. If he used to surprise you with little gestures but now doesn’t bother, it might be a sign he’s emotionally checking out.

Again, it’s essential to talk about it and find out if something else is bothering him or if there’s a deeper issue at play.

"A husband who doesn’t invest in “couple time” is often signaling a lack of loving interest. A husband who has little or no desire to spend fun and playful time with a spouse—whether gardening, exercising, traveling, or tending to chores together—often reveals a lack of love."

Dr. Carla Marie Manly | Clinical Psychologist | Speaker | Author, “Date Smart: Transform Your Relationships and Love Fearlessly

He Becomes Easily Irritated or Annoyed With You

It’s normal for couples to get on each other’s nerves sometimes, but if your husband is frequently irritated or annoyed with you, it can be draining. Little things that never used to bother him might now trigger a sharp response or a frustrated sigh. This change in behavior can be a red flag.

Here’s what this might look like:

  • A casual comment about dinner plans turns into a snappy argument.
  • Daily routines, like tidying up or scheduling, suddenly become sources of frustration.
  • You accidentally spill a drink, and instead of the usual, “No worries, I’ll grab a towel,” you get an exasperated “Seriously?”

If moments like these are becoming routine, it’s worth exploring why he’s so on edge. Stress from work or personal issues could be the culprit, but if it’s an ongoing pattern, it’s essential to address it together, calmly and compassionately.

He Seems Indifferent to Your Feelings

When your husband no longer engages with how you feel—especially during moments when you’re down or excited— it can really sting. For example, you might share something that happened at work, expecting some support or at least a listening ear, and instead, you get a nonchalant shrug or an “uh-huh.”

Indifference often says more than angry words ever could. It suggests a disconnect that could be due to various reasons, such as stress or distraction. However, if this behavior becomes the norm rather than the exception, it’s wise to try to find the root of this detachment.

Unwilling to Resolve Conflicts

No relationship is without its bumps, but the willingness to work through disagreements is what helps it grow stronger. However, when one partner becomes unwilling to resolve conflicts or even discuss them, it leaves the issues to simmer and potentially boil over later.

Here’s what this refusal might look like: Maybe you’re ready to talk things through after a misunderstanding, but he walks away, shuts down, or changes the subject. This avoidance strategy not only prevents resolution but can also create a build-up of resentment and misunderstanding.

Remember, avoiding conflict doesn’t solve anything; it just sweeps problems under the rug. It’s important to express that resolving issues is essential for both of you to move forward.

"A husband who is disengaged from a partner may be showing a lack of loving interest. Disengagement can arise in myriad ways, including a lack of interest in solving conflicts or facing challenges as a team.

A husband who disengages from a partner is often saying without words, 'I am not in love with you any longer, so I am not going to bother.'"

Dr. Carla Marie Manly | Clinical Psychologist | Speaker | Author, “Date Smart: Transform Your Relationships and Love Fearlessly

He Dismisses Your Concerns

Feeling dismissed when you bring up concerns can make you feel unheard and unimportant. Maybe you point out something that’s bothering you, and he waves it away like it’s no big deal.

This could manifest in various ways:

  • You express worry about the kids or bigger issues like financial security, and he just says, “You’re just overthinking it.”
  • You mention feeling lonely or neglected, and he says, “You’re overreacting.”
  • You express worries about the relationship, and he bluntly says, “You’re imagining things.”
  • You bring up a recurring issue, and he quickly changes the topic.

It’s crucial to spot these moments and to understand that they require addressing. Ignoring them can make you feel less valued and more isolated within the relationship.

He Treats You With Contempt

Contempt in a relationship can be soul-crushing. It goes beyond mere annoyance or frustration; it’s about speaking to or treating someone with disrespect. This kind of behavior can be incredibly hurtful and damaging to your self-esteem.

What does this look like? Contempt can show up in sarcastic remarks, eye-rolling, and even mocking your thoughts or feelings. Maybe during a conversation, he mocks your opinions or openly criticizes you in front of friends.

These are not just passing moments of irritation but signs that the respect essential to a loving relationship might be eroding. It’s crucial to address this toxic behavior ASAP, perhaps with the help of a counselor, to rebuild respect and understanding in your relationship.

"If your husband treats you with contempt, your relationship is in serious trouble. This has been proven by research over four decades by Dr. John Gottman, the most prominent relationship researcher in the United States. His work revealed that contempt is the number one predictor of divorce.

If your husband regularly mocks you, calls you names, or responds to you with sarcasm or disgust, then he is treating you with contempt. He is demonstrating that he feels he is better than you.

Until contempt is addressed, there can be no problem solving or closeness in a marriage. There is no love in contempt."

Adam D. Blum, MFT | Licensed Psychotherapist | Founder, the Gay Therapy Center

He Makes Plans Without Considering You

This sign can be particularly hurtful because it touches on a fundamental aspect of any partnership: inclusion. If he starts making significant decisions alone—like planning a major trip, or even making large purchases without your input—it can create feelings of isolation and disrespect.

Imagine finding out he booked a weekend getaway with friends without even mentioning it to you—or decided to sell the car you both share. These actions suggest not just an oversight but a deliberate exclusion from decision-making processes that affect both your lives.

Consistently making these decisions without considering your input can be a sign that he might not prioritize the relationship as he once did.

He Isn’t Putting Any Effort Into Your Relationship

Relationships require effort and commitment from both partners. If you’re finding that you’re the only one making plans, initiating conversations about your life together, or trying to solve problems, it might feel like you’re rowing a two-person boat alone.

  • Is he no longer planning activities for both of you to enjoy together?
  • Does he forget important dates, like your anniversary or birthday?
  • Have your attempts at serious conversations about the relationship been met with dismissive responses or indifference?

Efforts in a relationship don’t need to be grand gestures; sometimes, even maintaining simple daily routines shows care and involvement. If these are falling by the wayside, it’s crucial to bring it up in discussion.

"You may feel like you have been the only one putting effort into your relationship. He doesn’t want to do anything kind for you, and perhaps he doesn’t want to talk about it. [...] If your husband doesn’t want to contribute to the relationship, this is a big sign of disrespect and not something you should have to put up with. You should communicate that you don’t want to be the one to have all the responsibilities of the relationship."

Amy Pritchett | Relationship Science Analyst, MyDatingAdviser

Prefers Spending Time Alone or With Others Over You

We all need a bit of “me time” every now and then, but if your husband consistently prefers solitude or the company of others over spending time with you, it can feel like you’re being sidelined. It might start small, like choosing to go for a walk alone or spending more time with his friends. Over time though, these actions might make you feel like you’re no longer a priority.

What this might look like:

  • He plans weekend activities but doesn’t include you.
  • Evenings that could be spent together are instead dominated by solo hobbies or with other people.
  • You find out about his plans through others or after they’ve happened.

It’s important to understand why this is happening. Is he stressed? Is there something bothering him that he hasn’t shared? It’s worth having a chat about how you can find balance in a way that makes both of you feel valued.

He Flirts With Other Women

Flirting with others when you’re in a committed relationship can be a red flag, especially if it’s not just playful and is making you uncomfortable or hurting your feelings. What’s even worse is if he openly flirts with other women in your presence or you hear about it from others.

For instance, there may be instances where you catch him texting someone frequently with messages that aren’t just friendly. He might even downplay his actions by saying it’s harmless or that you’re being too sensitive.

These actions, especially when frequent and blatant, can signal a lack of respect and genuine disinterest in maintaining the relationship’s boundaries. It’s important to address this behavior directly, express how it makes you feel, and set clear boundaries.

"If your husband is flirting with other women, he’s either a cheater or out of love with you—or both. If he does still love you, it’s obviously still an unacceptable way to conduct himself. If he was really committed, he wouldn’t be chasing other women."

Lachlan Brown | Founder and Editor, Hack Spirit

A Complete Lack of Interest in Sexual Encounters

A declining sex life can be a common issue in long-term relationships and can stem from many factors like stress, health issues, or life changes. However, a complete lack of interest in sexual encounters from your husband could signify a deeper emotional or physical disconnect.

This lack goes beyond not initiating sex; it might include rejecting advances or showing no interest in any physical touch.

What this looks like:

  • Your attempts to initiate intimacy are brushed off or met with excuses.
  • He seems uninterested even in casual physical affection like kisses or hugs.
  • There’s a noticeable absence of flirtation or playful banter that once existed.

Understanding the root cause is important here. Like I mentioned earlier, it could stem from stress, health issues, or unresolved relationship conflicts. An honest and compassionate conversation can help uncover the cause and potentially find a way to reconnect.

"A husband who is not interested in sex at all may be revealing a lack of loving feelings. Unless the husband has a medical issue and is remaining intimately connected in other ways, a lack of sexual intimacy can surely be a sign that a husband is no longer in love."

Dr. Carla Marie Manly | Clinical Psychologist | Speaker | Author, “Date Smart: Transform Your Relationships and Love Fearlessly

He Stops Sharing His Day With You

When your husband used to share every little detail about his day, from funny office stories to tough meetings, it made you feel connected. Now, if he barely says a word about what he’s been up to, it can feel like you’re living separate lives.

Think about your casual chats over dinner or before bed. If those moments have dried up, you might feel like he’s building a wall between you two.

To address this, try a gentle approach: “I miss hearing about your day. Is everything okay?” Opening up a dialogue can help bring back those intimate daily talks.

Increased Secrecy About His Personal Life

When your relationship was new, transparency was likely not an issue. As bonds deepen, so does trust, and with it, openness. However, an increase in secrecy—whether it’s about his whereabouts, financial decisions, or who he’s spending time with—can set off alarm bells.

You might notice that:

  • He’s vague about where he’s been.
  • He quickly shuts his laptop or ends calls when you come into the room.
  • He quickly puts his phone away when you walk in.
  • He spends more time alone or in separate rooms.

This secrecy can strain the trust between you. It’s important to calmly express how this behavior makes you feel and discuss the need for openness.

Frequently Criticizes You

Criticism can be constructive, but constant negative remarks can be damaging. If it feels like he’s always criticizing you—whether it’s about how you manage chores, your choices of friends, your taste in clothes, or even your appearance—it can feel like nothing you do is right.

Imagine he used to love your cooking, but now he nitpicks every meal. Or he criticizes your clothing choices more often than not. These constant criticisms can hurt your self-esteem and make you feel undervalued.

No one should feel perpetually judged in their relationship. Opening a dialogue can help address these issues. You might say, “I feel hurt when you criticize me so often. Can we talk about why this is happening?”

He Seems Uninterested in Your Life

A relationship thrives on mutual interest and engagement. If your husband used to ask about your day, show interest in your hobbies, or just listen to your concerns, but now seems uninterested, it can feel like an emotional gap.

Remember when he used to remember your important meetings or ask about your friend’s party? If he barely acknowledges these events now, it can leave you feeling overlooked.

This lack of interest can make the relationship feel lonely. To bridge this gap, you might start with, “I miss when we were more involved in each other’s lives. Can we try to reconnect?”

Simple, honest conversations like these can help re-spark the connection that brought you together.

Excerpts From the Experts

“Marriage is a work of art crafted by two people. When both partners aren’t equally involved in crafting a marriage filled with loving commitment, the relationship can slowly fade over time. Sometimes connection decreases when challenges—such as work stresses or health concerns—are at issue. But, if a once-loving husband is showing signs of neglecting the relationship, it’s important to take notice.”

Dr. Carla Marie Manly | Clinical Psychologist | Speaker | Author, “Date Smart: Transform Your Relationships and Love Fearlessly

“Address contempt as quickly as you can with composure. Do not attack him. Instead, just tell him how it made you feel. Talk about your experience as the receiver of contempt rather than comment on his poor behavior. If you avoid attacking or criticizing him, he is likely to be less defensive.

[…] However, if he is consistently unable to react non-defensively when you talk about your feelings, then couples counseling would be an appropriate next step. […] If counseling does not make a difference (and you should give it at least 10 sessions), then divorce may be your only option. To tolerate the cruelness of contempt over a long time is deeply destructive to your psyche and soul.”

Adam D. Blum, MFT | Licensed Psychotherapist | Founder, the Gay Therapy Center

Remind him of the good times: In many cases, your husband has simply forgotten about the good times. Take him out for a date night and remind him of the good times. Try something new in bed and show him that you love him, then wait for him to reciprocate. If he doesn’t, then at least you tried.

Tell him your boundaries: Don’t let your husband walk all over you and treat you like garbage. You are his wife, and you deserve respect and love. If he’s no longer willing to provide that in any capacity, then you have the right to tell him that you’re moving on unless there’s a change.

Seek professional help: Sometimes all that’s left to do is seek out a professional, and there’s no shame in that whatsoever. They are trained to deal with the problems between married couples, and if there’s any spark of love left in your husband, a trained therapist may be able to coax it back out of hiding.”

Lachlan Brown | Founder and Editor, Hack Spirit

“If you are truly giving him lots of love and affection, and he shows total disinterest in making you happy, then it may be that he is not worthy of being in your life.

The first step is to stop begging him to talk about it and asking how you can make him happy. You should also stop throwing yourself at him in the bedroom if he is unwilling to reciprocate. […] If he doesn’t want to change, you can suggest a separation. You may feel more positive on your own than with a toxic partner who doesn’t care about you. Your well-being is important, and the point of every relationship is to be with someone who will love you.”

Amy Pritchett | Relationship Science Analyst, MyDatingAdviser

” You can try these tips to help you work around your marriage:

  • Seek a marriage counselor.
  • Identify the root cause of your problems. Listen to what your husband has to say too.
  • Mutually decide on what your next steps should be.

Marriage takes a lot of work. But if all else fails, know your worth and move on.

Harriet Walker | Marriage and Relationship Editor, Mantelligence

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I start a conversation with my husband about these issues?

Initiating a conversation about serious issues in your relationship can be tough. Choose a calm moment when both of you are relaxed. Start with “I feel” statements to express your feelings without sounding accusatory. For example, “I feel disconnected lately and I miss our closeness. Can we talk about it?”

What if my husband denies there’s a problem?

It’s possible that your husband may not be aware of the severity of the situation or might be in denial. Gently provide specific examples of the behaviors that are concerning you. Suggest seeking the help of a relationship counselor to provide a neutral space for open discussions.

What can I do to strengthen our emotional connection?

Rebuilding emotional connection takes effort from both partners, but there are small ways you can start:
• Plan regular date nights.
• Engage in activities you both enjoy.
• Communicate openly and regularly.
• Show appreciation for each other’s efforts.

How can I set boundaries to protect myself emotionally?

Setting boundaries is vital for your emotional well-being. Here’s how you can start:
• Clearly articulate your limits and needs.
• Be consistent in enforcing your boundaries.
• Communicate openly and honestly about what behaviors are unacceptable.
• Seek support from friends, family, or a therapist to maintain these boundaries.

Is it normal to go through phases of feeling disconnected in a long-term relationship?

Yes, many long-term relationships go through phases where partners may feel disconnected. Life changes, such as having children, job stress, or personal struggles, can affect your relationship. Recognizing these phases and working together to address them can help maintain a strong connection.

Final Thoughts

Feeling unloved by your husband can be an overwhelming and lonely experience. Recognizing the signs early on can help you understand what’s going on and take steps to address these changes. Remember, every relationship goes through its ups and downs, and identifying these signs doesn’t mean the end—sometimes, it’s just the beginning of a conversation.

It’s important to talk openly with your partner and express your feelings honestly. Seeking help from a therapist or counselor can also provide a neutral space to work through your issues together. Above all, remember to take care of yourself and prioritize your well-being. You deserve to feel loved and respected in your relationship.

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