A true friend would have responded, "Thank you for being honest. I don't feel the same way about you. Do you think we could still be friends despite this? Or would that be too painful to you?" This guy's response was cowardly, hurtful, and a betrayal. True friends don't drop someone just for what you said.
I was in love with my best guy friend from age 15 through 22. He absolutely knew it. He loved me as a friend but didn't feel romantic towards me. But he never let it interfere with our friendship, even when I did let my hurt over his unreturned feelings interfere (unfair of me but I was immature). Partly because of his true friendship, my high school and college years were amazing, and I have great memories.
I'm sorry that your friend could not be so open-minded. He's either young and can't handle this situation due to immaturity, or he's kinda cruel.
Some people find it difficult to deal with friendship when they know the other person is in love with them. It is an extremely awkward position to be in. Although he should have said something, rather than left you hanging, it's not wrong for him to feel that your love has affected & changed the relationship for the worse for him.
That's why I've been afraid to tell my best friend how I feel about her. I love her but at the same time she's the best friend I've ever had and I don't want to lose that.
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