Is it okay to be friends after a breakup? “Yes, it is possible to be friends with an ex right after the breakup, especially if you have had a strong foundation built on friendship before you became lovers,” Celia Schweyer, dating expert at Dating Scout, tells Elite Daily.
How long after breaking up can you be friends? Elliott, author of the book Getting Past Your Breakup. Her general recommendation is to wait at least six months before thinking about a friendship, though the amount of time may vary depending on the couple, the seriousness of the prior relationship and how it ended.
Can you be friends with your ex if you still love them? If you genuinely love spending time together and have a bunch of shared hobbies, interests, and mutual friends, that’s totally valid. Just make sure you’re not trying to substitute a platonic relationship for your romantic relationship just because it’s easier to still have them in your life that way.
Is being friends with an ex a good idea? But even if your relationship was generally healthy and simply didn’t work out, you might want to think twice before becoming pals. One 2000 study, for example, found that friendships between exes were more likely to have negative qualities, and less likely to have positive ones, than cross-sex platonic friendships.