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I know this sounds petty even as I’m writing it. It’s like something you’d expect to hear in the schoolyard, or a deleted scene of Mean Girls. But. Ever since I got a boyfriend, I can’t help but feel like my friends are slowly phasing me out. We’ve been together just over a year, my boyfriend and I, and we’re pretty serious. Before we met, I had a close circle of friends. We’d all talk to each other every day in a WhatsApp group, we’d go to the pub together, we’d have dinner together. It felt great to be a part of a friendship group like that. But it’s recently come to light in the past few months that they now have a new WhatsApp group without me – God, this does sound petty, doesn’t it? – they keep going for nights out without inviting me, they’re planning trips away without me. I feel like I’ve been kicked to the curb and, when I watch their good times unfold on social media while I’m sat at home, I feel shit. I don’t know what changed. I don’t think it was me. And I don’t think it’s anything to do with them not liking my boyfriend – he’s genuinely well-loved by people who meet him. I just don’t know where it went wrong... Or how to broach it with them. From CR.

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