If you've ever realized you had feelings for a friend — or even straight up fallen in love with someone you're friends with, then this Reddit thread is for you. The people of Reddit are sharing their stories of falling for someone they know. And the truth is, it's a pretty mixed bag in terms of success. Some of them have very happy endings — like something straight out of a rom-com — while others are definitely less happy.
Because when you mix friendship and romantic feelings, it's really easy for things to get messy. Sometimes, it's really better off to stay friends— even if you really like the person. "The best way to tell if you are better off as friends is [asking yourself] how much you respect their values," life coach Kali Rogers tells Bustle. "We can be friends with a lot of people with varying values, but it's totally different when you start dating them." And so even if you have a lot of feelings for each other, that doesn't mean your compatible. And an even harsher truth is that just because you have romantic feelings for someone doesn't mean they have them for you — no matter how much they like you as a friend.
But this thread will show you that you are most definitely not alone. If you've suffered unrequited love, the internet is here to tell you that they have to. Here are some of the stories:
1This Very Happy Tale
I can't even with this.
2I'll Most Likely Never See Her Again
I warned you they weren't all happy.
3It Only Took Two Days
Sounds like a very long story indeed.
4Friend With Benefits Gets Complicated
They can be great — or they can be really, really messy.
5Helping Him Through A Breakup
When you're there for someone to lean on, things can get messy.
6A Positive Spin
I now want Queen at my wedding that I'm not planning.
It was about way more than improving your English.
8Talk About A Saga
Somewhere in a parallel universe Johnathan Taylor Thomas stars in the movie version of this epic love story.
A friend of a friend of a friend.
10This Lifetime Romance
12! 12! That s a love that blossomed young and kept growing strong.
Sometimes, we just have to come to terms with it.
From whirlwind romances to accepting fate, there are so any ways things can go when you fall for a friend. But if you've been there, just know that you are not alone.