Her Boyfriend’s Relationship With His Teddy Bear is Making Her Uncomfortable. What Should She Do?

At first glance, I had trouble believing this was real. Except this isn’t the first thread I’ve seen about the topic and in the comments sections, were multiple adults saying that they did similar things. Prepare yourself, my friends, because it’s about to get weird:

I have been with my boyfriend for 3 months now, so it’s pretty new. So far everything is going well except this tiny little detail. He has this teddy bear, let’s name him Teddy. Teddy has always been a part of my boyfriend’s life : he got him for his birth and when at around the age of 5 or 6 (or whatever age is the appropriate age to remove a teddy bear from a child) his parents tried taking Teddy away from him, he screamt and cried so loud without stopping they ended up giving up. So he kept Teddy with him his whole life.

He mentionned Teddy to me pretty early, about a week after us being together. He showed me pictures of him and I found it cute at first. He had plenty of pictures of him in different situations (him with a mug, him laying in bed, him studying…). I truly found it adorable since I thought it was just a joke really and didn’t think that Teddy was such a big part of his life. The more we got to know eachother the more he started mentionning him. He’d often make jokes about him. When he had to come back to his flat, he’d say “I have to come back Teddy is waiting for me” and then later he’d text me “ok I put Teddy to bed so now I might go to sleep as well i don’t want to wake him up”. Again, a little weird but cute still. But he really started talking about him constantly, always linking what we were doing to him (“Oh I wish Teddy was with us to see that”, “Teddy doesn’t really like people so I won’t take him with me for this party” etc…) . He’d send me selfies with him at least twice a week.

He also sometimes said weird stuff like whenever we watched a sex scene in a movie he’d say “that’s what me and Teddy do when we’re alone” or when i asked when he lost his virginity he answered “oh I lost it with Teddy a few years ago”. They were jokes that made me uncomfortable. He always seemt to consider him as a baby/his son/his brother, so him being sexualised was extremely weird for me. I told him then that it was weird and he just laughed but I don’t think he took me seriously.