A man has divided the internet after blaming the Barefoot Investor for his recent marriage breakdown.
He claims his wife became ‘stuck up and ‘not a real person anymore’ after she read Scott Pape’s best-selling book ‘The Barefoot Investor’.
The man sought advice on Facebook, asking if anyone else ‘partially’ blamed the best-selling title on a relationship breakdown.
He explained he first read the Barefoot Investor four years ago and found it interesting, so he recommended it to his wife, who only read it a year later.
‘She then became interested in household finances, and saving, which before then she did absolutely none of,’ he said on Wednesday morning.
One man ‘partially’ blamed the Barefoot Investor’s financial advice for his marriage split. Pictured is Barefoot Investor Scott Pape with his wife
‘I put away what I could and made sure we prioritised reducing unnecessary debt and ran the household spending and budgeting until then.’
‘We saved up and bought our home, then an investment house 18 months later, so we’re going very well in that sense.’
The man claimed the book made his wife think she was better than everyone else, resulting in their separation six months ago.
‘Now she acts very stuck up and is not like a ‘real person’ anymore,’ he ended the post.
‘Just wanted to ask if anyone else had the same experience. Maybe some sort of female empowerment trip or something like that?
The post went viral and attracted hundreds comments within an hour, sparking everything from backlash and relationship advice to supportive comments.
‘I think there are bigger problems here than a book,’ one member commented.
The man turned to Facebook seeking advice after the breakdown of his marriage (pictured, stock photo of a couple arguing about finances)
Others urged the man to take more responsibility for the marriage split and was wrong to blame the book.
‘Independence is what she found. Sounds like it was for the best,’ one wrote.
Another wrote: Female empowerment. Looks like the book did her a favour. Go get ’em sis!’
A third wrote: ‘I think that perhaps you should reflect on what made you feel that ‘female empowerment’ made her leave.’
Some person said it wasn’t not uncommon for people to evolve and change with financial freedom.
‘Maybe part of why your wife married you was to feel financially safe because she didn’t feel confident or capable; now she’s put her financial literacy skills to the test she feels confident and independent,’ he commented.
‘Nothing wrong with that but it highlights deeper questions for many relationships which are if someone didn’t need me for this would they still be with me.’
The backlash against the man prompted others to jump to his defence.
‘I’m all for female empowerment but this topic can be so toxic and judgmental and nasty. Just chill people!’ one woman commented.
A man added: ‘This post is a breath of fresh air, not the usual ‘leave him and lawyer up’ post.’
One woman went as far as suggesting the book turned the man’s wife into a fake.
Others were keen to see a reply from the Barefoot Investor himself (pictured)
Another chose not to take sides and kindly offered relationship advice in the hope the couple will reconcile.
I think you need to go back and have a really good conversation with your wife. Whatever she was trying to do – you were not there being supportive?,’ she suggested.
‘This may be salvageable? You sound like you’re trying to understand her behaviour.’
Others were keen to hear the Barefoot Investor’s response, who receives at least 4,000 emails a week from Aussies seeking financial advice and answers a select few through a weekly newspaper column.
‘I feel like this question needs to be asked of Scott himself. I would love to see his response in the next email,’ one quipped.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Barefoot Investor for comment.