We’ve all done it: seen pictures of smiling couples and wondered, “How happy are they, really?” Well, wonder no more!
The Honest Couple Instagram account puts hilariously dark captions onto pictures of happy couples to highlight the uncomfortable truths that real-life couples rarely ever admit.
Here’s a quick taste:
The account offers a brutally cynical view of relationships, continuing the age-old internet tradition of squashing people’s happiness with withering comments.
But what’s great about the pictures is that their captions leave it up to the viewer to decide whether they reflect the thoughts of one partner or both of them. The horrifyingly honest captions make subtle facial expressions, like smiles or raised eyebrows, take on altogether more ominous meanings. (What secrets have you been hiding, my dear?)
The author of the account has said that the goal of the project is to honestly confront the real struggles couples go through rather than fake happiness all the time.
“Honesty is helpful for everyone because it makes everyone else feel less f*cked up that they are going through the same sh*t,” they said.
But let us be clear: The captions aren’t written by the couples themselves, and the images are sometimes of actual real-life couples that have been posted without their knowledge.
So if you see any of these couples out in public, please don’t approach them and say how you read about their sexless, emotionally dead relationship on Queerty.
But if you’re looking for a laugh (and a tiny bit of discomfort), enjoy these images same-sex couples we found amongst the account’s many different-sex ones.
And then there’s this one of two of the most nationally homophobic political couple of all time. (Well, apart from Michelle and Marcus Bachmann.)