Sur­vive The Poi­son Friend

BFFs or fren­e­mies? Here’s how to spot the real friends from the snakes.

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She says she’s your bestie, but her snake ways say oth­er­wise. Kill the tox­i­c­ity once and for all


“A true friend will tell it like it is, no mat­ter t he sit­u­a­tion. For ex­am­ple, you’re shop­ping but you’re stuck with choices that make you look crap. For me, I’ d tell my bes tie that it’ s not lit and get things from the floor that make her look bomb. We look out for each other .” — Ying, 25, event plan­ner

“Me and ba eh ad­just bro­ken up af­ter a three-year re­la­tion­ship. That night it­self, my BFF was with me for a sob sesh and ice-cream. Just like her, a real best friend would grab your phone, delete him from your life then help you get your life to­gether. Bye, boy!” — Pat, 28, writer

“I got of­fered my dream job, and guess who was more ex­cited? My friend—she counted down t he days to my new job on her In sta Story, and tagged me every bit of the way. It didn’t stop t here, she even ar­ranged a con­grat­u­la­tory din­ner, drinks and party with my boyfriend. I was so # blessed. What a woman !”— Far a ,28, in­te­rior de­signer


“This hap­pened to me: we were on­line shop­ping to­gether at mine, and she kept push­ing me to get things I knew wouldn’t look good on me. Some peo­ple are too nice to say t hat some­thing doesn’t look right, a true friend would be hon­est, but this felt like she wanted me to look ridic, and that wasn’t right .” — Ain, 26, brand­ing ex­ec­u­tive

“Break- up cen­tral . Pop­u­la­tion: Me. My fren­emy found out and tex ted me for all t he deets. She then told everyone I knew that it was my fault, and not a few weeks later she was in his In sta Sto­ries. Go frick in’ fig­ure. I blocked her and him there and then .”— Lily ,27, so­cial me­dia man­ager

“I got pro­moted and was on a real ca­reer high. My ex- best friend laced all her con­grats with snark y com­ments: ‘ Oh, you’re not a strug­gling artist any­more. Fi­nally, you can join us for din­ners !’ Turns out that my job was bet­ter- pay­ing and had much more perks, and she couldn’t stand t hat other peo­ple could one- up her. Sad. So much sad­ness.” — Sher, 26, ar t di­rec­tor

Ssshe’s ready to bite

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