DEAR DEIDRE: I WANT to dump my best pal. He has become negative and is bringing me down.
We’ve been friends since we were in the Scouts, and are now in our early twenties.
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He used to be a good laugh but has become a bit of a waste of space.
He just wants to smoke weed and drink.
His attitude to life is really negative and he puts me down when I achieve anything.
Being around him feels quite toxic.
I feel like I’ve outgrown him and he’s holding me back.
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I no longer want to hang around with him but don’t want to hurt his feelings.
How do I end our friendship? Do I just cut him off? Or do I say something to his face?
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DEIDRE SAYS: Not all friendships last. Sometimes people grow apart.
A toxic friendship isn’t worth having.
If you care about him, you could try talking to him and saying he seems unhappy, and you’d like to help.
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