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JUST good friends?

KATIE MARGARET HALL EXPLORES THE GREY AREA BETWEEN FRIENDSHIP AND ROMANCE

A couple of years ago I caught myself defending a friendship to my girlfriend of the time. I boldly claimed: “We’re just good friends!” in response to an assumption on my girlfriend’s part that something romantic or sexual must be going on. She needed to find a way to account for the intimacy that my friend and I had together, which she felt excluded from.

As I said those words, I could feel myself cringing. Questions raced through my mind. “Why am I describing this friendship as ‘just’ anything and demeaning it to less importance than the relationship? Why am I having to justify the nourishment that this friendship offers me?”

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We’ve got a treat this month for all you YouTube fans – an exclusive interview and photoshoot with the adorable (and super talented) Bria and Chrissy! In a revealing chat with DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon, the couple talk about how YouTube has affected their relationship, their upcoming wedding, and their long-running battle to change laws around revenge porn. There’s also a bonus for digital readers, who can access a special photo gallery from our LA shoot. Also in our love issue… #Kana get enough: We’re on the cobbles with Faye Brookes and Bhavna Limbachia, the stars behind Corrie couple Kate and Rana Masha Gessen: “The stories of women who make it out of Chechnya are terrifying and tragic” Deliciously queer: Food writer Ruby Tandoh tells us why she’s hungry for change The Voice star Jordan Gray on what it means to be a woman What happens in the grey area between friendship and romance? Katie Margaret Hall explores “frelationships” Forgotten women: Fascinating lesbians and bi women that history forgot Life in limbo: We meet a couple living on the organ donation waiting list Plus: Travel, dating and much more!

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