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How Do I Deal with Husband’s Female Best Friend?

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From a young woman in the U.S.:  My husband has a female best friend from last 9 years. She is married and have a baby of 5 months. She and her husband had a love marriage after dating for 8 years and it’s already 4 years of marriage now. On the other hands it just 4 months since we have got married and was in a long distance relationship for 1 year.

My Issue is that my husband and his female best friend do texting all the time. Even when we have our personal time like going out on dinner or on a trip, they chat all the time. I discussed this with my partner and he assured that there is nothing between them and just platonic friendship. However I feel that this is affecting our relationship as in my belief he discusses more with her rather than with me.

He told me that when she was going through her relationship issue , she use to discuss it with my husband. He also told that he does not feel comfortable discussing his friend life with me or anyone else. And this has been like from last 9-10 years. Even her husband knows that that they do texting most of the time. During the discussion he told me that they discuss about her new born baby, work life, normal stuff. I am really not sure how to react and deal with it. I know that there is nothing romantic going on between them but can’t stop thinking about it. Please help

How Do I Deal with Husband’s Female Best Friend?

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I understand why this is troubling to you. Your husband’s relationship with his friend is longer and maybe deeper in some ways than his relationship with you. Since you are sure there is nothing romantic going on between them, the friendship probably isn’t a threat to your marriage.

What is a threat to your marriage is your husband’s unwillingness to stop texting when the two of you are having personal time, like going out to dinner. That’s inappropriate at best. At worst, it indicates a kind of “addiction” to the texting rather than simply a habit of talking to his best friend. A habit can be compartmentalized. An addiction usually can’t be.

I suggest that you not challenge the existence of the relationship. Instead, ask him to consider how talking about everything all the time with his friend is preventing the two of you from sharing the experiences and memories that deepen a relationship. Reassure him that you think he can have both — a best friend and a wife — but there needs to be some boundaries around what he shares and when with each. There needs to be times when his attention is totally on you and his relationship with you, without a running commentary to his friend.

If the two of you can’t talk about this productively, I hope you will consider seeing a couples therapist for a few sessions. A therapist can provide a safe place to talk about difficult things and can offer some new perspectives that may help both you and your husband negotiate the situation with less stress.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2020). How Do I Deal with Husband’s Female Best Friend?. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 8, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2020/04/28/how-do-i-deal-with-husbands-female-best-friend/
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