(Closed) Opinion of Best Friend Dating an Ex Love Interest

posted 4 years ago in Family
Post # 2
4633 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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catgirl11 :  I dated a friend’s ex before (not a close friend, but still) and asked her how she felt before I agreed to go out with him.  I can’t think of an ex I would have a problem with a friend dating, so it wouldn’t bother me personally, but I do think it’s nice to at least give your friend a heads up.  Not sure what can be done about it at this point though.

Post # 3
10552 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

So, this is someone your sister didn’t even date? Is this fresh or something from like years ago? Either way, I don’t think there is much grounds to be upset. It would have been nice to have a heads up about it but I can see why she didn’t do that. Perhaps she thought it was just going to be a fun fling and she didn’t need to mention it and now its turning more serious, who knows. Either way, I would look at this seperately from anything thats happened in the past.

Post # 4
9520 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Why would the friend need to say something? This is just odd. Yes, you are right. This is very junior school 

Post # 5
5949 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

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catgirl11 :  Wouldn’t even show up on my radar….I get that in certain circumstances its not always nice to see that a former flame moved on – but you did too, right?

I think its also a little unreasonable to expect a friend to consult with you before pursuing a relationship with another consenting adult just because it didn’t work out between the two of you…

That doesn’t mean your friend’s feelings aren’t perfectly understandable….and if the woman in question has a less than stellar track record maybe its time to take 1- big steps back and let her do her from a safe distance.

Post # 7
202 posts
Helper bee

I can understand your sister being a little upset as it’s kind of a weird sitution to be in and it had to have been strange to find out on social media. I don’t think Sandra necessarily needed your sister’s permission to date this guy but I do think it would’ve been nice if she had given your sister a call and gave her a heads up. That being said, I don’t think it’s worth a huge confrontation over. 

For what it’s worth, I found myself completely smitten with a friend’s ex from high school whom we were all still close with. I knew I was going to end up dating this guy and figured my friend wouldn’t care since it had been so long ago but talked to her about it first. She was cool with it and appreciated our talk/that I was trying to take her feelings into account. That boyfriend is now my fiance. 

Post # 8
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Sorry, but I’m going to be tough on you.

1) It’s not “giving to our friendship selflessly” if you expect her to reciprocate.

2) There’s a million reasons she could have not told your sister she was dating him. It’s not her business anyways. Sandra is (presumably) an adult and gets to decide who she dates. She doesn’t need to ask permission from your sister. 

This all seems juvenile, but it’s not coming from her, it’s coming from the expectation that your sister somehow had dibs and deserved an explanation. 

Post # 9
1701 posts
Bumble bee

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catgirl11 :  

What exactly was the relationship with your sister and this guy? Were they a “couple”? Where they hooking up? Was it a one night stand (or a couple night stand)? Did she have a big crush on him and he wasn’t interested? Did she end things with him, or did he end things with her?

Post # 11
3883 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

You say the relationship between this man and your sister was pretty recent, but you don’t actually clarify that they were in a monogamous relationship. Were they just casually dating?

Also I don’t think anyone is obligated to get their relationship signed off on by outside parties or notify others. Once a relationship ends, it ends, and people are free to pursue whatever romantic interest they have. A heads up would have been an appreciated courtesy for sure, but I don’t think it’s required and agree that it’s not worth making a fuss over.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

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catgirl11 :  No, I am actually with you…as someone who has been both the shitty friend and the person in your sister’s position, I do think there is an unwritten respect between friends…personally, I think there are enough other people in the world to date, that it isn’t worth the hurt feelings between friends, but if you REALLY think this could be “the guy”, I think you owe it to your friend to discuss it…and recognize it could be the end of the friendship. I wish I could “do over” some of my poor dating decisions…99% of these “relationships” don’t work out – not worth the damage to the friendship! 



Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

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catgirl11 :  Sorry, but what good would that ‘heads up’ have done? Your sister would have been just as butthurt about it and now the reason to be mad at Sandra would be about rubbing the relationship in her face.

It’s not like your sister is separated but still married to the guy and Sandra secretly got involved with him before divorce papers were drawn up, or found out they eloped two weeks after her relationship with him ended. There is no “behind her back” here. She’s not entitled to be briefed daily on her friends’ love lives, and this context doesn’t qualify as some kind of overlapping romance.

Post # 14
54 posts
Worker bee

If my best friend started dating someone, I hope that I wouldn’t find out via social media, regardless of whether or not I had feelings for them in the past. I totally think it’s reasonable for your sister to be upset. The friend definitely didn’t need to ask for permission, but a heads up would have been the right thing to do. And I think it’s okay for you to be peeved about it, even though it’s not your business – you seem self aware enough to know that your resentment for her stems beyond this incident. Probably not worth it for your sister to bring it up (and definitely not for you), but I don’t think a “Hey, I’m super happy for you, X is a great dude, hope this is a rewarding & fulfilling relationship, but I wish I hadn’t found out via social media” would be completely remiss. I guess it could come off as passive aggressive, though.

Post # 15
133 posts
Blushing bee

I’m surprised by so many of the comments… I think it really comes down to how close Sandra is with your sister, and based on your story, they sound pretty close. The closer you are, the more reason you SHOULD give a heads up if you respect that friendship.

No one is saying that the Sandra needs to ASK her sister for permission. But a heads up would’ve been the right thing to do. I’m sure the sister would’ve rather heard it from her then social media. This isn’t a matter of asking for permission but rather just being considerate of your friend’s feelings… because you know… that’s kind of important in a friendship.


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