Friends for two years before dating
I was best friends with my boyfriend for 5 years before we decided to give it a go.
, when Billy Crystal’s character explains the age old riddle of male and female friendships.
Think of Sheryl Sandberg, who was friends with her late husband Dave for six years before they became romantically involved.
Then there’s Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, who met on the set of That 70s Show and started dating 14 years later.
“The purity of an initial friendship allows you to see someone’s character before it’s blurred by sexual intentions and wanting to ‘get’ something physical out of it,” dating expert Matthew Hussey told Certainly, no relationship can stand the test of time without the foundations of a strong friendship, agrees love and relationships author Daniel Jones.
The guy who slept with you and then stopped calling you for no reason?
If his last girlfriend texted him 4,000 times a day, you know not to text him 4,000 times a day and thus, only text him 3,999 times a day. One of the hardest parts about dating someone new is "oh my god, who even is this stranger?! He already knows some of your #issues and is fine with them.
“I think being honest and direct can save you a lot of grief and agonising,” he explains.
“I see a lot of stories where people never admit to their feelings and just keep hoping the other person will figure out how they feel, but that can turn into a kind of prolonged torture. Don't build it up with all kinds of weighty baggage that backs the other person into a corner.” That’s not to say that coming clean is easy, when friends begin dating each other, there’s naturally a lot more at stake.
“The most enduring romantic relationships - long-term marriages and partnerships - end up being much more about compatibility and companionship than sexuality,” he told us.