Relationships are complicated in and of themselves, but when it comes to turning a friendship into a romance, the transition can be especially tricky. With your feelings, and of course, a friendship at stake, dating a friend you've known for years can be the best — and most terrifying — thing ever. Needless to say, the deciding factor is whether or not your feelings are returned, and whether you gain a significant other or lose a close confidant. But while the future may be uncertain, experts say that there is a way to cross the line cautiously so as not to catch your crush off-guard and, at the very least, preserve your friendship if the attraction isn't mutual. Ahead, you'll hear from therapists who dish on the challenges and triumphs that can come with dating a friend, as well as one woman who tried it, herself spoiler: It didn't work out in the long run. The gurus also give their pro advice on how to decide whether to pursue a romance and the best ways to go about it.
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8 Reasons Why You Should Consider Dating Your Best Friend
If you are falling for your best friend and you are about to start a relationship, but you don't know if it will work out the way you hope, here are pros and cons that can occur in these kind of situations to help you out. Being involved in a romantic relationship with someone you have known for years and you have been friends ever since you were little, is something totally new for both of you. Suddenly the game changes and you don't know if this new relationship is going to work or not. There are many pros about dating your best friend, but there are also cons that you need to think of. Can this relationship work?
8 Reasons Why You Should Date Your Best Friend
Several years ago, I started dating my best friend. At the time, it made perfect sense. We were inseparable, we had so much in common, we were extremely close, and when we realized we had feelings for each other that surpassed being just friends, it seemed almost silly not to date each other.
Falling in love with and then subsequently dating your best friend is obviously a well-worn rom-com trope , but can it ever actually work out IRL? Sure, your significant other is supposed to be your best friend, but some buddies never pursue a romance out of fear that they'll break up and ruin their relationship in the process. Things can get tricky in a hurry. To see how friendships-turned-romances really play out, we asked women what actually happened when they dated their besties.