The world is divided into two groups of people: those who think it's OK to date a friend's ex and those who believe it's completely off-limits. When you and your friend are both in the "OK" camp, it can work if they date your ex, or you theirs. When you and your friend are both in the "off-limits" camp, it's great -- it simply doesn't happen, because you both agree it's not a good move. However, when you're in different camps, and a friend dates your ex or vice versa , this can lead to big trouble -- anything from awkward social interactions to permanent rifts within groups of friends. While many would say the ideal solution is to avoid run-ins completely, in many cases it's just not possible, especially when there are overlapping friends, locations, and events. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to be prepared.
So your friend just started dating your ex. Here's how to deal
Is It Ever Okay To Date Your Best Friend's Ex?
While it's natural to jump to conclusions and assume the worst if your partner is friends with their ex , it's important to keep in mind that many people remain friends after a breakup — in a perfectly healthy, mature, and respectable way. That's not to say, though, that all friendships are healthy, or that all exes remain in contact for the right reasons. So, if something doesn't feel right, be sure to speak up. Do they hang out with you? Do you feel respected? Are there clear and healthy boundaries?
7 Crucial Rules for Dating Your Friend's Ex
One of the main plot points of Friends is the struggle to find love. The following is a list of relationships the six main characters have had throughout the series, sorted by character. Barry Farber was engaged to Rachel in , but Rachel leaves him at the altar when she realizes she doesn't love him after finding herself more turned on by a gravy boat. Barry and Rachel briefly reconcile towards the end of season one after the former announces his engagement to Mindy Hunter. Barry and Rachel split up once again when Barry chooses to marry Mindy.
Whether or not you believe your situation is an exception, you should always talk to your friend before making any crucial decisions. Unless you value your relationship with a guy more than your friendship, respect that your friend may not be thrilled you want to start dating her ex. On the other hand, it may matter to your friend or even yourself, so tread carefully if that's the path you're choosing to take.