Friendzoned for good or is there hope?

My ex cheated on me. I was crushed and decided to join a dating app just to find someone to chat with to help keep me distracted not healthy, I know. I found a guy who happened to coincidentally live down the same street as my ex. I didn't even know him before my ex so that was just by chance. When we met up for dinner, we both had the dating intention. After hanging out a few times, yes sex happened we decided that we were friends and friends only as I was fresh out of a relationship and didn't want to jump into anything new too soon. He truly has been my rock through everything because he was in the same boat before me. He hangs out with me at least 3-4 times a week. He introduced me to his children after specifically telling me The only time I'll introduce my children to anyone is if I know that I want to be with them. The other nights that he's not with me, he's out on dates lately with the same girl. He told the girl about me and clued her in on what our situation is. She appears to understand, but I'm not sure how much she actually likes the idea of it. However I've noticed that lately I get jealous of when he's with her because I feel like part of me is developing feelings for him, while the other part of me is sad that I don't have him to rely on for the night as my distraction, which sounds super selfish, but we discussed it and he totally knows what I'm going through because he also went through it so he knows I'm not using him. I do really like him and I love our friendship. All we do is laugh and make fun of each other. He even playfully grabs me and gives me little love taps. Which I asked him not to do if we're just friends because that gives me mixed signals. All he said last night was We are friends. I'm here for you and I care about you. And you never know what the future holds because we're not psychics. But as of today, we are just friends and that's the reality of the situation. Is there any way to get out of the friendzone with this guy?

Friendzoned for good or is there hope?
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