If you think you’re done after impressing your man’s family, think again. In the words of Spice Girls, “If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends.” Yes, there’s still another boulder to move: his buddies.

In the same way that we confide in our girlfriends about relationship problems, men also do the same. And just like how we sometimes advise our friends to forget about a certain guy (“He’s not worth it”, “You deserve better”), his friends probably do the same.

So how do you get your boyfriend’s friends to like you so he doesn’t get caught in the middle and you won’t be stuck in awkward city every time you hang out together?

1. Be nice
Nothing irks friends more than seeing their BFF being taken advantage of, so be nice to your boyfriend such that he has nothing but good things to say about you. At the same time, while you can shower your boyfriend with attention, don’t pretend his friends don’t exist.

2. Make friends with them
Find common topics to talk about besides your boyfriend (so you don’t come across as a needy girlfriend who wants to know everything about her guy). This will help you get to know each other better. More importantly, don’t diss or make fun of their interests. Just because you don’t like football, it doesn’t mean the whole world shouldn’t.

3. Don’t be too clingy in front of them
Have you had friends who stick their face in their boyfriend’s for minutes while you’re having dinner with them? No? Good for you. Because we can tell you that it’s an extremely awkward situation. You want to tell them to stop, but you don’t want to interrupt their romantic moment, and you wonder why you even agreed to go out with them in the first place. Suddenly, your plate is the most interesting thing in the whole world.

4. Don’t flirt
Even if his friend makes the first move, don’t reciprocate because that might just be his way of testing you. Keep things friendly, but not flirty. Plus, you wouldn’t want to jeopardise your relationship for someone who can’t keep it in his pants.

5. Let them be
You need time out with your girlfriends, and so does your guy. If he wants to spend some time with his friends to watch a soccer game or just have “bro time” together, don’t insist on tagging along. You wouldn’t want his friends to do the same on your dates, would you?

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