Being in the friend zone is possibly one of the saddest things that can happen to anyone.
But how do you tell a guy that you're just not interested in having a romantic relationship with him without being rude?
Well, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.
We've figured out five ways to ease your burden of having to spill the beans.
1. Be Honest
Sure, you don't want to hurt his feelings, but not being honest will cause him more hurt in the long run.
It is important to tell him where he stands right from the beginning, so he doesn't misunderstand your intentions of wanting to be friends (refer to point number two).
2. Don't Play Games
We hate it when guys toy with our feelings and similarly, if you're not interested in this guy, then don't give him mixed signals that will make him think you are.
If you need to tone down your conversations, do so instead of flirting back.
3. Reject His Romantic Gestures
If a guy is courting you, he's bound to drop hints and ask you out on a date.
While you don't have to be rude, you can politely decline his romantic gestures.
If he wants to hang out, maybe pull a few good friends along so it wouldn't appear as if you're giving him hope to make any advancements.
4. Tell Him How Much You Value The Friendship
It's hard to sacrifice a friendship just because he's interested in you and you're not. Well, maybe it doesn't have to be that way.
Tell him how you treasure the friendship and see him as a “best friend” or a “brother,” and how even though you can't commit to a relationship with him, you would still like to have him as a friend and nothing more.
Should he feel the only way to get over you is through distancing yourselves, then let him know you'll understand.
5. Introduce Him To Other Girls
If you're not interested in him, try to get him interested in someone else to divert his attention off you.
Sure, at this point he may want you and only you, but since you're not interested in him, you never know what may happen by introducing your girlfriends to him.
Maybe sparks may fly and you'll find yourself out of this sticky situation sooner than expected.
With that said, being friend zoned is a pretty horrible feeling.
It takes a lot for someone to come out with their feelings, especially since they know they're putting an important friendship on the line.
So if you're going to friend zone someone, be nice and tactical about it. No one likes being dropped like a hot potato.
Hopefully some of the ways above will help you get through it.
If you have any other ways you think might work too, do share it with us in the comment section below.
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