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How to turn down your BGF (without wrecking your friendship)


A guy in my class asked me out, but he is one of my close friends. How do I say no without wrecking our friendship?

 

His Answer: Henry, 15, told us “Just be kind and honest. Lying is the worst possible thing you could do and being rude about it just makes it harder to stay friends.”

 

Decoded: There is no need to come up with an elaborate lie about why you can’t go out, because sooner or later he will find out, and then you will feel even worse. Don’t get defensive either and act like a total brat because then you could even ruin the friendship.

 

Your Move: Let him down softly by telling him that you like things the way they are now and you think that a relationship may complicate them. Don’t completely cross him off as a friend though, keep him around and see how things go down the road. Maybe you will open up to the idea later on and then you know he will be there.

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by Ana D’Ambrogi | 2/1/2016
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