THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm having a problem deciding if I should tell my best friend that I have feelings of love for him. He has a girlfriend, and I don't want her to think that I am trying to break them up. We went on a date once, but we decided that we should be friends because of our busy college schedules. What should I do? - 19-year-old Augusta girl
Here's what you had to say:
Xtreme reporter Jennifer Hilliard says: Your problem is a tough one. While it's true that friends can make the best boyfriends, you always run the risk of losing a friendship if a relationship doesn't work out.
The one thing you can be sure of is that you need to respect that he has a girlfriend. If you try to intervene, chances are you would not only lose the respect of his girlfriend but that of your best friend as well.
That said, you have to tell him how you feel. Keeping your feelings bottled up inside won't make you feel any better about it.
Just be honest and tell him that you have feelings for him but that you understand and respect the fact that he has a girlfriend. If he's really your friend, he'll understand why you had to tell him. He'll also know that the door is always open for a relationship with you when and if he decides he wants that.
NEXT WEEK'S PROBLEM
I know this girl; we've been talking online for a while and she says she loves me, but she's never seen me and I've never seen her. I want to meet her, but I'm nervous. Should I do it?
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