Nearly any time I mention another guy, my friend always sort of jokingly acts jealous, and I can't tell if it's real or not. We flirt a lot and he has told me directly how he's attracted to me, but also how he isn't stable for a relationship now, yet also doesn't like hooking up for sex only... So nothing is really happening between us aside from talking every day and flirting sometimes. He knows I was interested in him in the past but I have since dated someone and just recently stopped seeing the guy. Now any time I talk to or hang with another guy my friend says stuff like "hope you're happy," brief answers like "k"/"whatever" or just a lot of sad faces. However based on the context of the convo sometimes, and the nature of our relationship/friendship, it's hard to tell if it's pretend jealousy (being playful), straight forward/ honest jealousy, or him trying to present his jealousy as a joke so as to not seem like he's weird or over stepping his boundaries as a friend by acting that way. Thoughts?
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i have a feeling the jealousy is real, and he is trying to hide it so he doesn't overstep the friendship boundaries. in this instance i truly feel the nice guy is going to get over looked because he has respect and wants a relationship not just sex2