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“I got so sucked into my best friend’s brother that I didn't even realize my friendship with her was starting to fade away.
He ended up coming between our friendship, and I don't think it will ever be what it was.
At each new point, we always had a conversation to find out where we were and how we felt.
I think that viewing relationships as an inevitable thing that happens between two people who are attracted to each other takes away from the emotional vulnerability, and work, that goes into building strong commitments.
When it comes to friends' family members, it's just not worth risking the friendship — especially when there are plenty of other hot guys out there!
Ashley: We met in a college class and slowly became friends.
We had a shared history, our siblings adored each other and we even went on a few joint-family vacations.
Having personally experienced both the positives and the negatives of dating a friend, I’ll say this: there are few things more precious than a friendship that becomes more than a friendship, but there are also few things more painful than losing a romantic relationship and a friendship simultaneously. To commemorate the end of Friendship Month at Man Repeller, I interviewed five couples who braved the stakes and went from “friends” to “more than friends.” Below, their thoughts on what that leap was like.
Evaluate how much your friend means to you — if you care about her too much to risk losing her, then steer clear of crushing on her bro!
“Last spring my friend's cousin and I were interested in each other.
Be upfront and clue your friend in on how you’re feeling.