The Universal Struggle Of Loathing Your Partner's Friends
It's not your fault they're the absolute worst.
Forced friendships have around a 10% success rate which is why it shouldn’t be too surprising that meeting your partner’s inner circle won’t necessarily result in you finding a set of lifelong pals.
Let's get checking out a bunch of guys trying on false eyelashes...
Being forced to find common ground with a bunch of strangers can be harder than it looks. Behold, the universal process of realising your boo is quite literally surrounded by idiots.
Hearing stories about them through your partner and trying not to fear the worst
Even if alarm bells have been going off in your head for weeks now, you do your best to convince yourself that bae has exaggerated just how hilarious (read: tragic) some of their closest pals are. How bad can one group of people be?
Pretending to be enthusiastic about the idea of meeting them
Everyone knows that clashing with an SO’s friends can be a dealbreaker in a relationship, which means it’s time to be welcoming, excited, and outwardly thrilled at the chance to meet some of the people they care about most in this world.
Actually being given a time and date to get to know them
Stage 3 is in motion. It’s too late to back out now.
Deciding almost immediately that you absolutely despise them
It takes less than 5 minutes to realise the situation is even worse than you first anticipated. Whether they’re offensive, grating, or just downright annoying af, being around them has confirmed that they’re exact opposite of the kind of people you usually enjoy hanging out with.
Trying to give them a second chance and remembering that opposites *do* attract
But hold up. There must be some redeeming qualities here. If your SO likes them, there's got to be something salvageable lurking beneath the surface. If all that glitters isn’t gold, is there a chance that these people could actually be concealing hidden virtues?
Concluding that they are actually terrible in every way
Nope. There's point beating around the bush. They’re 100% awful. No redeeming qualities whatsoever.
Lying through your teeth and telling your partner their pals are great
It’s time to put on an Oscar worthy performance about how much fun you had meeting their loved ones and how you’d love to pencil in a second meet-up, organise a weekly drinks session, and even plan a group holiday together. Wahoo!
Dropping a few subtle hints to your partner that you enjoy hanging out alone
But seriously, some distance is clearly needed here. That means making arrangements that are solely for two and encouraging your partner to hang out with their pals one-on-one.
Accepting that this is just your punishment for finding happiness
All in all, if this is the only major downside when it comes to being with your SO, you’re just going to have to count your lucky stars and remember that most people out there have bigger fish to fry. Let's face it, your own friends aren't exactly perfect.