It's no secret that falling in love is easy. In fact, some might argue that it's the simplest part of a relationship. The commitment, compatibility, and trust are what tend to be more difficult to manage, especially if the one you've fallen for happens to already be a close friend.
"Catching feelings for your BFF happens. The happily ever after party? That happens mostly in rom-coms," Darcy Sterling, Tinder's dating and relationship trends expert says, point blank. It's not impossible to transition from just friends to dating, however, Sterling recommends you do your due diligence before professing any feelings and risking the special friendship you already have. "It's important to realize that the minute you put your feelings out there, you cross the Rubicon," she says.
If you've already done some serious soul searching and decide that it's worth it to pursue a romantic relationship with a friend, Darcy points out that communication will be the key to the potentially awkward transitional period. Curious to learn exactly how Darcy would approach getting out of the friend zone? Ahead, she explains how to know the relationship is worth chasing after and how to move on once you've put your feelings out there—for better or for worse.
Ask yourself the real questions.
Look for signs of flirting.
Find a playful way to broach the subject.