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Girlfriend's jealousy might be justified

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: Around two years ago, after I had broken up with my girlfriend, I started going by myself to a live music venue. I started running into a woman I used to know. (Years ago, I had been interested in her, but she had a boyfriend, and I dropped it.)

She and I got along well. Her boyfriend was still in the picture, but he was never present. I developed feelings for her. Although nothing took place physically, we would meet up two or three times a week, and we texted constantly.

Long story short, after a few months of this, I realized that she had no intention of changing her situation and that the relationship with her would never be more than a friendship.

While this had been going on, another woman expressed interest in me. I began dating this other woman. We've now been together for 18 months. We frequent many of the same venues and encounter this other woman regularly.

For whatever reason (maybe feeling that she was my second choice), my girlfriend cannot get past it.

At first, she badgered me to give up the friendship and to only greet the first woman with "hello and goodbye." Now she tries to steer us away from venues where we are likely to encounter her. If by chance we run into this other woman, my girlfriend's demeanor changes.

I am at a loss here. I don't tell her who she can talk to or who she can be friends with. It's not like we are talking about a former girlfriend. Nothing happened. It was essentially a crush.

I've never had a problem being platonic friends with women I once had a romantic interest in. I understand that you can't tell a person how they're supposed to feel. How can this be resolved?

-- Confused

Dear Confused: You don't mention if you continue to maintain close and frequent contact with this first woman. I can understand why she is perceived as a threat -- not necessarily because of your behavior, but because of hers. According to you, she has had a boyfriend for many years, but has engaged in a lengthy private and emotional connection with you. She is a boundary-crosser.

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