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I don't want to get trapped in the friend zone.
#1
So I met this guy online and we talked for about a day before I asked him to hangout and see a movie. The 1st time we hung out he bought our movie tickets online and he almost paid for dinner but I felt bad and paid half the bill. That first night we talked liked we knew each other for a long time. He goes on and tells me that he shouldn't even start a relationship with anyone because he recently got out of a 6yr relationship. (I believe that was August of 2015.)

After we met about 5 mins* after he texts me saying "I had a great time hanging out and sorry if that was an awkward goodbye, I can be awkward sometimes" (something along those lines.) He texted me 1st the next day and if I don't text him, he'll eventually text me. So we talk all week, I don't see him that following Friday, but I saw him this past Friday hung out at the pool had dinner.

While we were at the pool, he told me that him and ex talk on occasions. And that his ex told him that they are falling out because they have been separated for a long time. His ex lives in Australia now I think and I don't know for how long either or if permanent.

I really like him. Like the 1st guy I truly do like a lot where I can't stop thinking about him. I don't want to get stuck in the friend zone. But I don't know what to do!

Any advice that could help me on what the right thing to do is?
#2
Now I wasn't there so i can't read the subtext but it doesn't sound like you're in danger of entering the friend-zone.

I suggest you just try to relax and keep it cool. If he's not ready to date again then he's not ready and trying to push him will just end in tears.

If you feel able to you might want to wait until he starts talking about dating then just declare your interest once, then drop the subject. Let him pick you up if he wants to.
#3
It sounds like he could be still hung up on his ex a bit, which isn't all that surprising given the longevity of their relationship. It seems he is not ready for a full on relationship just yet, and he said as much from the start. But he does seem interested in you, so perhaps he just wants to take things slow and see where things lead. Spend more time with him, try not to think too far ahead. Tigerlover offers some good advice in his last paragraph, perhaps meet up a few more times, get to know him a bit more then maybe test the waters a bit, but don't push too hard. He has made his feeling on embarking on a relationship right now quite clear after all. Best of luck Smile
#4
To keep seeing him and getting to know him better is the only way to go, to see if something else can come out of it.

You will have to keep in mind that 6 years is a long time and you should be prepared, as he warned you himself, that it may not be in his plans to get into another relationship for the moment.
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#5
Time will tell. If and when he's ready to move on it will happen. Won't happen soon, so don't hold your breath. But, you never know. The others posting here are right. Just keep hanging out with him, take things slow and just enjoy your time together. have fun! Big Grin
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The solemn comfort of your grave
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#6
That's awesome you met someone you like. In order to totally respect him, you have to really take it as completely true that he's not ready to start a relationship. Maybe later, like this summer perhaps, he will have moved on from his ex and be able to think about dating. Check back in with him in July? You want him to be present and emotionally available. That is his call to make.

You're not thinking of this, but it bears stating anyway:
The reason you don't want to push someone into a relationship who isn't ready is that if you end up with that person, you're in a relationship with someone who's not ready to be in it. Obvious, but never underestimate the power of infatuation, or desire, or eros, or however you want to call it., to blind you to the truth. This causes more than your normal share of issues. Take people at their word on this one.
#7
Thank you everybody! I'm going to take your advice and hangout with him and take things slow. And see what happens and IF someone else comes along then I won't waste that opportunity because I learned I shouldn't put all my eggs in one basket.
#8
There's nothing you can really do except make clear you're interested and give him space and time(the "Fourth Dimension" approach, if you will...sorry, that was an awful joke...).

Also, don't expect him to choose to be with you once he is ready for a relationship.
Keep your options open, don't go out of your way to wait for him(I hope that makes sense).
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#9
I don't want to be the blunt knife here, but in reality (and personal experience) "Friendzoning" is typically a very hard thing to avoid. It might be different for everyone here, but gay guy or not the first step to any relationship is developing a strong friendship that may, or may not, develop into something more.

During this process, however, things can get rather complicated. Per say, you could enter the "friend zone". And that may be for a variety of reasons. They've gotten to know you enough that they'd rather have you as a friend, or they may have found someone else, or whatever. There's really no way to predict let alone prevent you from entering the "friend zone".

The best advice I can give you is to just keep being yourself. Do what you think you should do to get it across to this guy that you like him more than a friend, maybe take a risk or two, it's up to you. But ultimately he'll "come out" in his own time (I don't know if he's gay or not, I didn't quite pick that up in your first post), more so toward you in regards to "being together".

And if things don't go the way you want them to, at least you'll still have a good friend by your side. And, relationship or not, I think a good friendship is much better than any relationship. That's just my opinion, though.


I'm going to tell you a brief story, somewhat related to your problem... I hope I don't sound like an old codger, recalling stories and everything, but whatever you get out of this may help you (or anyone, for that matter) in some way.
That said, I'm gonna spoiler the whole thing in case it's hella irrelevant.

Spoiler:


^ However, the moral of that story is quite clear. Whether he was gay, or I was friendzoned, or whatever, I still told my crush the way I felt about him when I felt that the time was right. In your case, perhaps this is something you might feel about considering, but again that's up to you.

I'm not sure if you'll get anything beneficial out of that recap, but your question reminded me of it so I thought you may yet find some use out of it.

Other than that, just be yourself. "Go with the flow" and if you need to, just bite the bullet and tell him how you feel. There's no predicting how he's going to react, so that's something you'll just have to accept. The only way you'll know for sure is if you actually undertake that action.

And if he isn't interested the same way but he's still cool with everything, then just be thankful that you have him as a friend. There's much worse that could happen out of that scenario, but a continued friendship is something that I could live with.


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