Friendships broken up by romantic love

Same-sex best friendship is a hallmark of late childhood, for girls and boys alike. Opposite-sex romantic love is a hallmark of adolescence.

The 'break-up' of best friendships in favour of romantic love is a common theme in literature (including television/movies) about adolescence.

The typical 'trajectory' is 1) friendship is portrayed, strong, intimate; 2) the love interest on the part of one friend intrudes, making the other friend feel left out (the word 'jealous' is often used); 3) the original friends make up (whether or not the love interest continues), pledging that in future no love interest will disrupt their friendship ever again. (For boys/men, the phrase "BROs before HOs" is often part of the diaglogue.) ============================================================================


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