I recently found out that one of my closer guy friend likes me, and all along I thought we were in a mutual friend zone kinda thing so I’ve gotten used to it when people ship me with him together.
The thing is I don’t like him back and I don’t want it to affect our friendship. He told my friend he was going to confess but held back because she talked him out of it (she knows I don’t feel that way towards him) and now I realise why he was so nice (over here I’m referring to the times where I felt like he was crossing the friend zone but shrugged it off thinking he was just being nice).
Usually when I find out that someone likes me, I’d kind of ignore that person or give less enthusiastic replies because I don’t want to lead him on. I feel like I have been doing that to him the past few days as well and this is not something I’m proud of but yeah.. Looking back, I realised there are a lot of things I wish I didn’t say in the past because that probably gave him the idea that there was a chance things would work out between us.
My question now is, how do I deal with him liking me without ignoring him yet not leading him on? And if he were to confess, what should I say (I haven’t rejected someone outright before) so as not to hurt his feelings too much?