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Byline: Coleen Nolan

Dear Coleen, My boyfriend is very popular and outgoing and has lots of friends.

One of his best friends is female and it's really starting to bother me. When we first got together she was going out with somebody and I liked her.

I found her a bit flirty but I didn't want to come in as a newcomer and insist they stop hanging out.

However, we've now been together for three years and in that time she's broken up with her boyfriend.

She's become more flirty with my boyfriend and I want to say something but I'm not sure how to handle it.

She often texts him on a Saturday night when we're in bed together and at a wedding she got him up for a slow dance. Whenever I try to talk to him about it he brushes it off and tells me not to be silly. Am I overreacting? Coleen says..

There's a really fine line with male and female friends.

I think girls can have male friends, but some people disagree. I have male friends who will never be more than friends.

But if you have friends of the opposite sex, you need to be careful if your partner is uneasy with it. So your boyfriend should be a bit more sensitive when it comes to late-night texts and slow dances.

If she wants to be mates with him, she should become friends with you too. Could you invite her round when your boyfriend isn't there so the two of you can get to know each other better'?
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2012
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