What to Do When You Hate Your BFF’s Boyfriend
We know that your BFF’s relationship with your S.O. is really important, but what happens when your number one gal pal introduces you to the new guy in her life and — as much as you try — you just can’t seem to get along? Your options seem pretty limited: Tell your bestie you’re not into this new guy and risk a tragic friend breakup… or hold back and hope that she sees what you’re seeing. It’s a tight rope to walk, which is why we brought in Nicole Zangara, licensed clinical social worker and author of Surviving Female Friendships: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly to give us her tips on navigating these rocky waters.
1. Length of relationship matters. First things first, how long your bestie and her boo have been dating can definitely dictate how much room you have for commentary. Nicole says, “If it’s in the early stages, then you’re okay to say something to your friend, but be very cautious with how you word it. Maybe he doesn’t treat your friend nicely or he seems like a flake. If it’s in the early stages, you have more of a right to point it out than if she’s been dating this guy for years.”
2. Get real with yourself. Sometimes you gotta ask yourself the hard questions and get really real. Start with asking yourself, “Why don’t I like this guy?” The answer might surprise you, notes Nicole. “Maybe you need to spend some time with him. Even if you’re not thrilled about it, some one-on-one time to connect with him may allow you to see another side to the guy.
3. Take a step back. This is your best friend we’re talking about. You have a vested interest, which means you also might have blinders on. Nicole suggests trying to see or at least understand what your best friend likes about this guy. “Does he make her happy? Does he respect her and truly love her? If you can see past your dislike and acknowledge how he makes your best friend happy, that may help lessen your feelings towards him,” Nicole says.