I just ended a two year relationship because I started to have feelings for my best friend. He has liked me for some time now and I couldn’t see it and thought we were better as friends. Needless to say when I recently broke up with my boyfriend, my best friend and I decided to try and work things out. He also just ended a relationship, however not as serious as mine.
We tried to go slow but things just fell into place. Everything was perfect until his ex-girlfriend started calling me and my friends, asking what was going on and saying things along the lines that they were still sleeping together. I know this to be untrue because I was with him most of the times she claimed to be. However he was really upset by her actions and even more so because he noticed how upset it made me.
Basically since this happened, our relationship has been strained. I noticed him acting different to me and so I told him. He never saw it. I recently told him again, and now he has been looking at it as a problem. Prior to me saying anything he had no idea. Now he says he wants to be with me and that he is confused about us. He says he feels as though something is missing. He cries when I think about leaving. He tells me there is no doubt he wants to be with me and wishes he knew exactly what was wrong. I do not know what to do. He says there is no one else, it’s not about a fear of commitment, he says it has nothing to do with how his ex has been acting… he just doesn’t know.
We are going away for a wedding this weekend and he wants to see if some time away will help. If not I think we should take a break to see if he can sort out his feelings. Do you think this can work or should I check out now before I get hurt any further.
I have to say your last sentence is very telling. You’ve left your serious boyfriend for your friend. He has left his girlfriend and no doubt these two felt injured.
You friend/new boyfriend is confused and crying (he’s probably wracked with guilt) and you want to know if you should chuck them all so you don’t get hurt. Excuse me?
Further you blame the ex-girlfriend and her phone calls for all of your problems and I think that’s pretty convenient. I suppose she should have no reaction whatsoever to all this, right? Are you aware of your ego? With your Sun in the 12th house, I don’t think you are.
But you asked if this “thing” can work and my answer is no. No, I cannot imagine a scenario where you are going to live happily ever after with this man. As long as you blame the lack of perfection in your life on other people and deny all wrongdoing, I think the die is pretty much cast and failed relationships will be the norm.
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Ooh that’s a little over the top don’t you think. I read her tale as the other relationships happened to break up – not that they left the others for each other – and changing relationships / breaking up happens all the time with young people, as it sounds like they are.
Chris R. I don’t think it’s over the top at all. If you leave one relationship for another, or leave one and immediately fall into another and at the first sign of trouble worry about cutting your losses so YOU don’t get hurt, you are destined to fail. She didn’t write and say I love this guy and want to do what is in the best interest of all involved. She asked how to protect herself. Love doesn’t really work that way in my experience.
To me, her letter sounded like she expected everything to magically be wonderful. I also thought that the last sentence was pretty telling. I don’t have advice, but to me I couldn’t see why the relationship couldn’t work out well in the end. That sort of situation is hard to deal with, especially at first, but if they’re compatible then they could get through it.
It’s not over the top it’s a wake-up call.
Honestly I think the gal’s solution sounded mature: cut him loose so he can get his head straight.
Lupa, I’m not understanding this sentence: ‘… want to do what is in the best interest of all involved.’ We’re definitely not obligated to have relationships with ex-boyfriends and girlfriends. We DO have the right to have relationships that meet our needs. There’s a bit of a perspective here that the writer is a naughty ‘other woman’ who broke up a marriage, and deserves to be somewhat strung up. There’s probably a heck of a lot more going on under the surface than is (can be) revealed in a letter.
Perhaps Elsa, you have more information than what can be gleaned by the letter?
What I understand is the girl left her boyfriend when she realized she was having feelings for her friend and it seems to me she acted with integrity. Plus, I don’t feel it’s her fault if her friend also ended his own relationship, that was his decision.
Now, on top of having to deal with a vindictive ex-girlfriend, who apparently can’t accept she’s been left, her new boyfriend is sending her mixed messages leaving her very confused. She seems to love him and doesn’t understand if he reciprocates, and that’s something that would hurt anyone.
Perhaps their issue isn’t about their exes at all? Couldn’t it be that it’s difficult to adjust to a radical change in a relationship: going from friendship to love relationship requires a change in perspective that may not come easily. Just some thoughts.