18 Signs Your 'Ride Or Die' Best Friend Is A Total Fake

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It’s great to have a best friend, a ride-or-die who is honest with you. Someone who shows that they truly care about you and know you can do better.

But when honesty turns into brutal, unnecessary criticisms, and you find yourself losing comfort with your friends, then they’re nothing but fake friends rather than your supporters.

What is a fake friend?

A fake friend is someone who pretends to be your friend by putting on a facade of sorts, but never actually has your best interests at heart. They are motivated by their own needs and desires with little to no thought towards yours.

Fake friends are insincere people who are most likely your "friend" to get something out of you. In other words, they lack genuine concern for your well-being.

A real friend is there to support and encourage you. They are there to add to your life, not deplete you. Fake friends are superficial and self-serving, while real friends are authentic, supportive, and caring.

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Here are 18 signs of a fake friend.

1. They are filled with envy instead of joy.

When you get engaged, their reaction is to complain about you posting too many photos of your ring on social media or how someone like you could possibly be engaged before them. They have such a hard time celebrating with you because they're too busy focusing on their own life and are wondering why they can’t have what you have.

2. They compete instead of encourage.

They're constantly trying to be ahead of you in everything: hairstyles, wardrobe, grades — even cleansing diets. They need to be “on top” with the idea that you could look up and follow like a puppy. They'll never encourage you to do better because they have to be ahead.

3. They use clothing shopping as a way to insult you.

Most of us are familiar with that moment when you come out of the H&M dressing room with a new outfit. You either get a shout of praise or a shake of the head. Either way, your friend is helping you look great.

But a fake friend is someone who gives passive-aggressive responses disguised as insults that make you regret shopping with them in the first place. If you can’t enjoy shopping with your friends, it’s time to cut them off.

4. Their misery loves your company.

It seems like every time you’re with them, the world seems darker. They have no concept of looking on the brighter side of things and will shut down any positivity, especially if it’s coming from you. Hanging out with them becomes the chore that you would rather procrastinate about.

5. They love to gossip.

Their lips might as well be sewers with the amount of smack that they talk about other people. Social media is their sanctuary for purging everything bad about the people they hate — and even like. They can turn anyone’s life story into a horror story.

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6. They talk behind your back, too.

In reality, if they do something with you, they probably do it with others. So if they are gossiping about poor Sandy and her bad hairdo, they may just be doing the same when you have a bad hair day yourself.

This is just a big red flag when it comes to fake friends. And that’s enough said because there’s no point in being friends with someone who can’t be constructive with you.

7. They are somewhat paranoid.

They always feel like someone is after them. They become a CIA agent the minute they get a friend request on Facebook or even a like on their Instagram photo. Suspicious might as well be their middle name.

8. They hold major grudges.

The chip never leaves their shoulder. If they’re mad at another friend in the group, you could forget ever going to a bar altogether. They'll always want you to choose sides (preferably theirs) and can never just "let it go".

Be careful with this one, because they can easily turn into your worst enemy on the spot should you mess up.

9. They do anything in their power to make you look bad.

With a fake friend, you have to be cautious around them. You can’t get too drunk around them because they'll either take photos of you to make you look bad online or will go on and on about how wasted you were (and not in a good way) over brunch in the morning.

A friend you can’t even get hilariously drunk with, and then have a fun hangover brunch with, is not a friend at all.

10. They make you feel like you can't be yourself around them.

You have to hide a small part of yourself, which is your true self, because you fear that they will tear you down. If you can't be yourself around your friend, there's no point in being friends, right?

Your friend should be able to make you feel comfortable to share your vulnerabilities with them. If you fear doing this, it's obvious you have a fake friend in your life.

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11. They hold everything you say against you.

Nothing sucks more than not being able to have no filter around a friend, because any can of worms could crack open. If you have to overthink everything you say or do around them, it's probably best to not be around them. Makes sense, doesn't it?

You don't want to have to constantly be filtering your actions, you should be able to let go and live life to the fullest with your ride or die. That's the whole point!

12. They never support you.

A fake friend will never be there for you to support your endeavors or congratulate you on your achievements. Instead, they will resent you for your success or talk you out of opportunities. They will make you doubt yourself, which no real friend would ever do.

13. They turn people against you.

One sad way you can tell if you have a fake friend is if they start turning those around you against you. Have they isolated you from other friends? Love interests? Family members? They may be a fake friend if they are doing this to you.

14. They constantly need your attention.

You have heard of the clingy girlfriend type, but have you heard of the clingy exclusive friendship?

Fake friends will not just expect your attention 24/7 — they will demand it. And god forbid you choose another friend over them. In fact, how can you have any other friends when you have them? This is a huge red flag waving right in front of your face.

15. They are energy vampires.

Fake friends will be overwhelming in your life. They will drain you emotionally, physically, and mentally. They will suck all the energy you have out of you because of how high maintenance they are.

Friends should be able to give you space to recharge and understand that you, too, have a life outside of them.

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16. They are liars.

A friend who lies is no friend at all. You don't want to have liars around you, as it makes for a hostile environment. Fake friends will lie to your face like it's nothing, and you don't want that in your life.

17. They don't defend you.

Just as they will talk behind your back, a fake friend will not be on your side. They will never put their neck out to defend you or help you in any way. A true friend would never allow someone to talk badly about you without you there. A fake friend would, even if you're standing right there.

18. They are master manipulators.

A fake friend will attempt to make you feel beyond guilty for anything you do wrong — even after you apologize. They will manipulate you to their heart's content to get what they want, not what you need.

The most common guilt trip with them is blaming you for... well, being you. They will also gaslight you into thinking you actually deserve to be blamed. You know that John Mulaney bit where he says he would probably apologize to a person who spilled soup in his lap? That's exactly what a fake friend will do to you.

How To Deal With Fake Friends

Dealing with fake friends can be challenging, but it's important to prioritize genuine relationships in your life. So, if you find yourself in a sticky situation with a "fake friend," there are a few things you can do.

You could cut them out of your life by reducing the contact you have with them. Stop replying to their texts, stop picking up their calls, and limit your time spent around them. They'll eventually get the hint and leave.

Another way you could deal with a fake friend is to set clear and firm boundaries. Don't give them any more chances to break them. And, above all, be sure you can recognize the signs so you can snip that relationship out of your life to focus on more genuine connections.

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Marie Cyprien is a writer, researcher, library assistant, and editor whose work has been featured on Black Enterprise, Guideposts, Puckermob, The Oklahoma Eagle, and more.

This article was originally published at PuckerMob. Reprinted with permission from the author.