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I was dating a guy for a brief amount of time. I knew after the first date that I wasn't attracted to him, but I continued to date him to really give it a chance & see if I would be proven wrong. I wasn't. He was SO nice, and treated me SO well, so I felt terrible for not feeling the same way, no matter how much I tried to be attracted to him. But, it just wasn't going to work out, so I had to come up with an excuse to end it. Because he was so nice; he treated me like a true gentleman should treat a woman, and because I could tell he really liked me, I felt it just wasn't right to break it off with him by telling him the truth that I was just not interested in him the same way he was interested in me, and that I would never be able to reciprocate his feelings.
So, I told him that a longtime friend of mine confessed his feelings for me, and that the feelings were mutual. I told him that I'd like to see where it would go with this friend. That part was the lie. However, I said (and genuinely meant it) that in no way was this his fault and that there's nothing for him to feel bad about or defeated about. It was all on me. I apologized to him, and told him I wish him all the best.
Even until the very end, he was so gracious about it and wished me well. I would've loved to remain friends with him, but I had to lie to him, and I wouldn't be able to tow him along knowing he had feelings for me.