My girlfriend is the type to love having male friends and can't get along with most females. Since she grew up she has always been around males and loved sports. In the beginning of our relationship it was difficult for me to trust her around her male friends who she says are interested in her but I believe I've handled the situation well. I've told her that she's completely free to hang out with anyone and that I trust her 100%. However, I told her how it would feel for me if she makes it a habit of hanging out with guys 1 on 1 too much. She almost made that mistake once and I nearly ended the relationship there.
I allow my girlfriend complete freedom to do as she pleases with her friends. I allow her to hang out with all of her guy friends one on one if it's not a "date," like if she was going to a sports game with one of her friends. She's told me that she really likes a guy she met last year and they send mild flirty texts to one another all the time. She wishes to have more friends who would call or text her often, which I'm very happy with. I allow her to do all that, and I trust her 100%.
There was an incident in the past where someone she dated long ago did not contact her at all or even respond to her messages after the date. He just completely abandoned her after a date where she got him a free ticket for a sports game. This guy tried to make a move on my girl after a long time of no contact, and knew she was taken already. My girlfriend, being innocent, called me to let me know what was going on. She told me the guy was texting about kissing her during the event behind my back. My girlfriend and I had an argument about it, and she ended up crying because she didn't know how badly it made me feel. I truly believe that she loves me 100%. However, because of her innocence I can't help but feel like someone else is going to take advantage of her.
I allow her as much freedom as possible but am I being a careless boyfriend?
Most Helpful Girl
So she hangs out with guys who like her. She tells you she really likes a "friend" who she sends and receives flirty texts from.
The guy friends know what's up, she knows what's up, the only clueless one here is you.
You probably call yourself a nice guy, but honestly, you're not, you're just being a push over.2
Most Helpful Guy
>> I allow her as much freedom as possible but am I being a careless boyfriend?
Have to echo an existing answer. You do not "allow freedom" to an independent person. She's always going to have it. We cannot lock our lovers in a cage 24/7.
>> However, because of her innocence I can't help but feel like someone else is going to take advantage of her.
This is not respecting her independence very much. You're seeing her like some girl who is going to helplessly sleep with another guy coming onto her. If she cheats in this context, she's not a helpless victim. It's just as much her fault.
Trust ultimately boils down to trusting her not to do this no matter what the circumstances are. And that's about all you can do at the end of the day.
If you grow insecure and controlling, you might find she slips through your fingers, only to have your worst nightmares realized with her breaking up with you and then getting together with one of those guys.
All you can do is trust and keep building up your bond with your girl. She is unlikely to break that trust if she loves you and sees something in you that she sees in no other guy.0
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