No matter how much effort you put in, sometimes you just can’t get on board with the person that your friend is dating. Maybe they’re annoying, treat them badly or are just a bad person. Whatever the reason for your dislike, it can be tough on the friendship when you don’t approve of whom your friend is dating. Here are the Dos and Don’ts for navigating the situation and keeping your friendship in tact:
Be supportive. Even if you don’t like their partner, your job is to be a good friend and support them when they need it. Through their relationship’s good times and bad, you should be supportive and happy for them, whether you like their partner or not.
Help them come to their own conclusions. If they’re having relationship troubles your job is not to go on and on about what a loser their partner is. Your job is to listen and get them to talk about their partner. If they truly are a loser your friend will see it on their own sooner or later. Let them come to that conclusion on their own.
Avoid the subject. If you really can’t be supportive or don’t have anything positive to say, then try to avoid talking about it. Stick to more neutral topics so as not to put a strain on your friendship.