I’m in love with my best friend – how do I tell her?

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Dear IRL,

I’m in love with my best friend. We’ve known each other since high school, and over the years I realised I have feelings for her.

The problem is, I’ve confessed to her once before when we were 17. We’re 23 now, and my feelings haven’t changed – should I try again?

Unrequited lover

That’s not enough information there unrequited! To give a good answer, I’ll need to know how things are now. Is it still platonic between you two? Has she shown any signs that she feels the same way?

But if I had to guess, the reason you’re asking is because you’re not sure, and if you’re not sure it probably means she hasn’t given you any signs. 9 times out of 10, it’s because she doesn’t feel the same way.

If you feel that strongly about her, tell her, but prepare for the worst. Once you do confess things could get awkward, and you may need some time apart from each other. Possibly even indefinitely.

To be honest, I don’t think you have a choice, so you might as well get it over with. It could end up wonderfully for you two, or you could possibly lose her from your life. Either way, I don’t think you can continue being friends with her when you’ve developed feelings this strongly.

Wishing you all the best! Keep your head up, and update us on what happens if you can!

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