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This scenario is probably familiar to most guys: Your boy and his girlfriend break up. You've always been attracted to her. You don't want to hurt his feelings...but hey, she's a free agent now, right?
It's an awkward situation, but it doesn't have to be. Here's a quick cheat sheet to dating a friend's former flame.
1. The Cool-Down Period
If your friend is truly in "new day, next hun" mode right after a breakup--and isn't carrying any emotional baggage from the split--well, what are you waiting for? GO!
Things aren't usually that simple, though. If he got his heart broken, you're gonna look like a real dick if you start dating his ex that week. Or even that month. Keep it in your pants 'til he's had some time to move on.
2. Check If He's OK With It
You don't need his permission to date her, but at least let him know what's up in advance so he doesn't feel like you stabbed him in the back. (That said, friends forbidding friends to date exes out of selfishness is a sucker move, so you might have to tell him to get over it.)
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3. Hook Him Up With Another Girl
There are few better ways to get over an old girlfriend than bagging a new chick. Go out, be a great wingman and help him get back on his feet ASAP. Someday he might even thank you for stealing his ex and helping him find The One... but probably not.
4. Don't Rub It In His Face
Refrain from bringing her up in conversation. And if he brings her up, change the subject. Do not, under any circumstances, talk about the crazy s*** she does in the bedroom. 'Cause he misses it enough already.
5. No Double Standards
If the relationship doesn't work out, and she gets back together with your friend, you're not exactly in a position to complain. are you?