Dating a Best Friend's Ex

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue
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You might be interested in someone and feel like the two of you connect with each other. However, the person that you like might be your best friend's ex. So, what do you do if you have feelings for someone that used to be in a relationship with a close friend? How do you approach that type of situation? Though the answers to these questions might be different for everyone, here are a few suggestions.

1. Talk to your best friend.

Let your best friend know how you feel about his or her ex and see if it would bother him or her if you pursued your interest. Talk about how dating this person could affect your friendship and weigh your options.

2. Understand the history between your friend and the person that you like.

Do your best to understand how the person that you like and your best friend interacted when they were in a relationship. How did their relationship end? Did someone cheat? Was there a lack of communication? Try to gain as much knowledge as you can before diving head first into a new relationship.

3. Set boundaries.

Let the person that you are dating know that your relationship with him or her and your relationship with your best friend are two different situations. Try not to entangle the two or let either party influence how you treat the other person.

If you are interested in your best friend's ex, talk to your best friend about it. See how pursuing this interest could affect your friendship, and try to set boundaries so you can maintain both relationships.

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Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue writes lifestyle articles.

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