As a general rule, we think it’s bad manners — not to mention bad taste — to date or sleep with a friend’s ex, a.k.a. “dating the floor model.” Why ruin a perfectly good friendship for a hook-up that, let’s face it, probably won’t last the season?
The ONLY way we think it’s acceptable to move in on a friend’s ex is to:
(a) wait until that friend has reached some kind of relationship closure;
(b) give the friend a heads up first so they’re not blindsided by the news; and
(c) only do this if you’re convinced that there’s some kind of deep love connection and that you’d be defying Cupid to ignore it.
Obviously the ex in question also bears the same responsibility, but whatever — we expect exes to act like assholes. That’s why they’re exes, after all.
By the way, before you swear up and down that this is Cupid-defying love: Make sure it’s not just a matter of the forbidden being all the more tempting, of obstacles standing in the way of love (or lust) –thereby making it all the more appealing? ¬†We get it, we really do — that’s the nature of the beast. But there’s Romeo and Juliet, and then there’s Gossip Girl.
Remember, dating is hard enough on the heart when you and your friends have each other’s back. But when you don’t? It’s soul-destroying.
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