How Do I Deal With A Friend Who Has Feelings For Me? Ask A Pro

You absolutely do not have to worry about Head Pro trying to kiss you the next morning. Send him your questions about life and love to [email protected], and follow his bad posts on Twitter & Insta at @betchesheadpro.

Hi Head Pro,

I did something so stupid this weekend: I told a guy friend I “really like him” when I don’t. I was so drunk, and I don’t know what compelled me to say that. I sort of thought he had a thing for me, and I was again, so drunk, but I’m not attracted to him or interested, like at all. BUT he said he liked me too and slept over but we didn’t do anything, and he tried to kiss me when he left in the morning.

I feel so bad. I messed up and I just hope that he doesn’t actually care that much, but he’s like sensitive and a romantic and I’m afraid he might. Okay and possibly making things even worse, one of his friends like broke my heart a while ago and this guy was like, very much in my corner. So, like, this feels like a super sh*tty way to treat him.

No idea what to do now. I mean I think there are only a few possibilities really: (1) Basically ghost: make excuses to avoid hanging out, reply to his texts less, and wait for it all to go away,  (2) Ignore the problem: act like I never said anything, act normal next time he’s around, and hope he never tries to bring it up, and (3) Talk about it: I could tell him I’m really not interested in dating anyone right now, I don’t want to be anything more than friends, I’m sorry I said anything. But like how do you even start that conversation? Is he going to think I’m a total b*tch? Is there anything I can do to make it go better? What do I do? How bad is this whole situation? Am I the worst?


I know I’m the worst

p.s. obviously, this isn’t about me, but I also don’t want all our friends to think I suck. Is there a way to do the right thing and also not come out looking too bad?

Dear the worst,

Yes, you are the worst. But so is he! You’re a big, intertwined mass of worst-ness, writhing its way around frosé gardens all across our fair nation. But he may be the worst even more, come to think of it.

Look, of course telling someone you’re really into them when that is not actually the case is dumb and bad. But so is harboring feelings for someone under the guise of “friendship,” hoping that your proximity would eventually lead to romantic interest on his part. As I have said many times, that’s not a friend. That’s just a guy who wanted to f*ck you but was too chickensh*t to ask.

(Note to any Nice Guy types reading this: It should not be lost on you that this is literally the ONLY time this dream scenario has ever actually played out the way you hoped it would, and it turned out to be fake. I mean it will be lost on you because you’re the kind of guy who collects ninja swords, but it shouldn’t be.)

Back to you, the fact remains that you professed your fake feelings to the worst possible recipient, and it’s up to you to rectify that. I think option 3 is the way to go because the others only create uncertainty and uncertainty is what feeds guys like this. Tell him the deal (the words you used sound good to me) and set him straight as soon as possible.

It will be painful, sure, but it does two things: One, it hopefully dispels any building romantic notions he may have had. Two (and more importantly), it gives him a chance to save face. It’s super critical that he has a chance to say, “Yeah, same here, just got caught up in the moment,” because otherwise, he’ll look like a fool. That’s when guys like him start telling women to off themselves on Twitter and sh*t.

Platonic kisses,

Head Pro

You absolutely do not have to worry about Head Pro trying to kiss you the next morning. Send him your questions about life and love to [email protected], and follow his bad posts on Twitter & Insta at @betchesheadpro. 

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12 Signs Your Guy Friend Wants To Date You: For The Clueless Among Us

As we’ve said before, heterosexual guys and girls can’t really be friends, because in almost every situation at least one party is just biding their time until the other person lets their guard down and finally lets them smash. The friend zone (a term which we object to on principle but will use for convenience sake here) can be a chill place when you and your guy friend have both agreed that’s where you’d like to be, but as literally every sad Reddit commenter has taught us, a lot of guys are only in the friend zone because they don’t know how to get out if it. For these guys, being in the friend zone is like when you go to a party where and there’s no more alcohol left, just sober people playing Apples to Apples—you want to GTFO as quickly as possible. In order to spare the men in your life this turmoil (because men have it really hard these days), here’s how to tell if they guy who you describe as “like a brother to me” is actually more interested in getting in your pants.

1. He’s Always Free To Hang Out When You Want To Do Something

Even your besties aren’t always free when you are. If your guy friend is always available, he’s def bailing on other plans just so he can reply “nm what are you up to” when you ask him what he’s doing. It’s also safe to assume that he’s lied and said he’s hungry even though he just ate dinner. He also low-key missed his grandma’s funeral so that he could make your birthday party, and ended up having to Facetime into the wake while you were on the dance floor making out with a rando. 

2. When You Talk About Dating Other Bros He Thinks They’re All Assholes

To be fair, a lot of men are assholes, but most guys give each other the benefit of the doubt/don’t give enough of a fuck to shit talk someone they don’t know. It’s like a bro code. Dudes will always stand up for fellow dudes’ shitty logic, even if it means justifying punching through a window as a reasonable strategy for conflic resolution—unless, of course, he wants to date you. Then, suddenly, no dude is enough for you. They’re all too dumb, too shady, or too tiny-penised to deserve your attention. If you actually listened to his advice, you’d realize that the intelligent, honest, big-dicked man of your dreams is right in front of you. Unfortunately for him, you never will because why would anyone ever take their guy friend’s advice about dating? 

3. He Has Called You His “Fake Girlfriend” Or Introduced You As “Wifey” As A Joke

Guys have a hard enough time calling their real girlfriends their girlfriends, so the fact that he even wants to label you as anything other than a friend is his way of testing the waters to an actual relationship with you. Next thing you know he’ll be like, “Wouldn’t it be cute if you wore my Grandma’s old wedding ring?” and “Hahahaha what if you signed this marriage certificate?” 

4. You’ve Never Actually Met Any Of The Girls He’s Dated

He will mention going on dates sometimes, but you’ve never met any of these girls. Who are they? Even a brief look at his Instagram will show that his interactions with females are limited to tagging you in photos, liking your photos, commenting on your friends’ photos of you, and the occasional Russian sex bot. When some rando girl eventually does pop into his life, it’ll take about two days for her to realize who the real woman in his life is and commence hating you with a firey passion. She’ll spend the entire relationship being fake AF to your face and demanding to know why you’re his best friend on Snapchat behind closed doors. 


5. He Takes You Out For Dinner On Your Birthday

Anything other than buying you a shot at a birthday party all your friends are already at is a lot to begin with. But if he takes you out for a separate meal on your birthday, he’s either trying to date you or adopt you. Probably the former, all things considered. He’ll probably even jokingly refer to it as a “date” like five to 10 times before you realize what’s going on, pretend to have a birthday emergency, and tell him you’ll Venmo him for half the bill knowing full well he’ll never charge you. 

6. He Walks You To Your Car/Door/Subway Stop When You Say Goodbye

After you guys hang out, he makes a point to walk with you to the farthest point he can accompany you to, because he doesn’t want to say goodbye. Also he’s probably hoping he will finally make a move, but he won’t. He’ll just walk you to your door at which point you’ll tell him about the hot new guy who moved into your building, get distracted by your phone, and go inside without even so much as an awkward side hug. He’ll chill on your porch for another 5-10 minutes, debating running inside and confessing his love, before going home and masturbating to your Snap story instead. 

7. He Responds To Your Texts Right Away

This one is self explanatory. Your mom doesn’t even do that.

8. When You Go Out With With A Group Of Friends, He Never Hits On Other Girls

I mean, unless you count all those drinks he bought you. You try to point out girls for him to talk to, but he always seems to have a problem with them. They’re not pretty enough, they look bitchy, too blonde, too tall, too skinny, not you, etc…

9. He’s Always The First To Comment On Or Like A New Pic When You Post It

It’s almost like he has an alert set for your Instagram posts (he does). 

10. He Always Watches Your Snapchat And Instagram Stories

He’s hoping you’ll give him a clue to how he can get you to like him more. It’s like, he’s just hanging by his phone hoping you’ll post “First person to watch this gets to be my boyfriend!” but alas, it’s just another dog face selfie. 

11. He Remembers Shit About You That You Don’t Remember Telling Him

He remembers that every day in third grade you used to share your lunch with that little skinny squirrel, and that time you read your poem “I Wish I Was A Mermaid” to your entire fifth grade class and your hands were shaking. Also, he named his boat after you. 

Seth Cohen

12. He Says “You’re Cool” Or “You’re Great” Just Because

I mean, we know we are cool and great, perhaps even “grool,” but he’s spending time during his day thinking about you enough to warrant an unsolicited compliment text, and that means he sees you as more than a friend. Also he’s like, a little obsessed and there’s no way he wouldn’t be the type of boyfriend that wants to merge calendars to figure out exactly how to meet up at every available point in the day. It’s exactly this clingy obsession that will always prevent the two of you from being together, and will inspire his inevitable future career as a Men’s Rights Activist on YouTube. 

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