You have a contract with the landlord. Pay your rent and have a receipt to show a bank or otherwise.
If you do not pay the rent, the money will not fall from the trees, but may help your landlord take care of the mortgage and make your life easier in the long run.
Do NOT communicate with a third party...ONLY the party you have a contract with. Never go the "boyfriend" route....you do not have a contract with the boyfriend..and so you need to say so, "I would love to give you the rent but my contract is with the young lady..as such I would like to discuss with her what's going on and pay the rent. "