Most Helpful Guy
I don't think you need to walk away and cut off contact forever. You may need to cut off contact for a period of time in order to put things into perspective but not forever. You said this person is a close friend.
I'm in the same boat you are. I have a friend who I have feelings for and she also has feelings for me. I'm single. I used to work with her. Our relationship has been and will be for however long she is married strictly plutonic. If she becomes single and I'm single that's a different story. I don't think it's likely to happen. She is basically the female version of me. We're so alike it's rediculious.
One day last year we were talking. I got divorced in 2015. I mentioned I was ready to start dating again and voiced my concerns about even being able to find decent girl. I asked her if any of her sisters (never met them) were like her and if they're single jokingly. This wasn't a vield attempt to make a pass on my friend, I just ment if they share her same personality, attitudes and outlooks. That opened Pandora's box and a conversation which I never expected to have.
Next thing I know she admits to me she found me very attractive when I first met her. I was stunned. I carry myself and behave confidently, but I don't in all honesty think I'm very attractive. We never flirt, we don't make eyes at each other, we don't even hug each other. I never even thought of her like that. I just thought of her as one of the guys. I'm also very good at picking up when girls are interested in my and I saw none of that.
That led to a series of long conversations over time in which I realized she is exactly the kind of girl, no the exact person I want to be with, and at the end of those long conversations over a long period of time we both admitted we had feelings for each other.
Here's what we're doing about it and I suggest you do likewise. We're doing nothing about it and don't have conversations of that nature anymore. We both discussed this part at length and both had the same opinion on the situation. That she's married. That I'm not willing to interfere in someone else's marriage. That I'm not willing to break up a family. That if I cared about her and I know this would not ultimately be in her and her children's best interest how could I? That it would be selfish and in fact wrong of us to take things any further than the open and honest conversations we had. She isn't willing to cheat or compromise her vows. I'm not willing for her to.1THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE
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Most Helpful Girl
You need to respect their marriage and walk away until you can practice enough self discipline to keep your hands off of that which doesn't belong to you!!! What makes you think that even if you were to succeed breaking up a marriage that you could trust him? After all, he cheated on his wife for you; why will he car about cheating on you for someone else! This just sounds like some stupid daytime soap where everyone in the cast has messed around with each other at least once or twice. I would be so pissed if some girl tried anything with my husband, I'm afraid I could t hold my temper and sock her a good one! This is just so wrong on so many levels.2THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE