How To End A Friendship Without Acting Like A Total Jerk

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Who says you can't have the last word?

Relationships are hard.

Whether it's your family, partner or friend, they are all the same...well, for the most part.

They all need love, loyalty, a shared hatred for the same people and of course, communication.

And while we might hate to admit it, part of growing up means those relationships change.

Change can include loss.

And we get it. It might hurt but we all get that some friendships end. We lose touch, we get interested in different things.

But what we CANNOT stand is when we are blindsided by the friendship breakup


Yes, some people are totally willing to ghost on a friend.

There are witches with capital B's that seemingly wake up one morning and decide, "I have nothing else to do today, I'm just going to cut off ALL ties to this girl who was my friend for years."

And that's it.

Suddenly, your texts and calls go unanswered. You're unfriended and unfollowed.

You're conveniently cropped out of all their pictures.

Their profile and cover photos change to include all of their friends...except for you. In the meantime, you're just left wondering what the heck just happened?


In case you were wondering, it's not just you.

In fact, the sad reality is that more people than you know have been ghosted by a friend.

And chances are, you didn't get to say your last piece because, well, you didn't know this was coming and even if you could've, the main thing you'd want to do is ask why. (Although you also would probably want to slip in a few choice words about how you're life is so much better without them.)

Seriously, to all the "friends" who have suddenly and cruelly cut all ties with someone you were once so close to, how could you?

I don't mean how could you do it because clearly there's something wrong with you if you just randomly cut out such amazing friends like us.

But how could you not have the guts to tell us WHY?


For all you know, we could've done something to change it. We could've talked it out and fixed our relationship to be the strongest it's ever been.

Would it really have been so damn hard to send a voicemail, a note, a text, even a carrier pigeon to tell us why?

Now let me get something straight: don't get this idea that without a reason we are full of self-loathing and self-pity.

Heck no.

We know we are badass women who any person would be lucky to be friends with (just ask our other true best friends).

But when you form such a close bond with someone, it hurts for even the strongest person.


Think about it — which breakup hurts less: the one where he tells you it won't work out because you've grown apart or the one where he ghosts you after 6 months of dating?

That's what I thought.

Yes, it will hurt to talk it through and cut ties. But in the end, we would thank you for it.

Because at least we would know and we would be able to move on from wasting all of our time cursing you out.

So if, for some ridiculous reason, you need to suddenly cut a friend out of your life: don't be a coward.

If it's something you feel so strongly about, tell us. Be honest. 

Invite us over, or come hang out for a little while. Talk it through. 

If it's super uncomfortable, you can even write it in a letter or send it in a message. 

And remember, most break-ups are really about YOU and not the person you're breaking up with, even with a friendship. 

Most people respond better to "I" statements instead of blaming statements like "You always do X" or "Everyone hates when you do Y."

So be honest, but do it knowing that it never pays to be cruel.

Stand by your reasons and tell us why or be willing to spend the rest of your life knowing you're a coward ... and making us wonder what we did to deserve being abandoned. 

Because if you choose to leave without a word, don't ever expect us to let you back in with open arms.