What to Do When Your Crush has a Girlfriend

By on January 26, 2015

If you happen to end up with a crush on someone who is already otherwise engaged it’s pretty frustrating. It can also be a difficult situation to handle. How do you deal with it? Below you will find some tips on how to best go about it to save your heart and his!

My Crush Has a Girlfriend

1. Focus On Yourself

He isn’t available at the moment, so rather than spending all your waking hours hanging out with him (when he isn’t with his girlfriend), social media stalking him, or dreaming about him, focus on doing things that will make you feel good. Exercise. Further your career. Give time to your friends. Finally take up that hobby you’ve been talking about. Plan a big trip. Make sure you focus on yourself first.

2. Keep Away from His Girlfriend, Unless You Are Already Friends

If you are not already friends with his girlfriend, try, if possible, to keep a distance. Chances are if they break up you don’t want to be her friend whilst hitting on him.

If you are already friends with his girlfriend you have to evaluate the situation as it is. Is it best to stay friends? Or should you back away, just a little, until the crush is over, or they’ve broken up? If you choose to back away do so nicely. Don’t just one day stop calling, but rather fill your schedule with other things and still see her sometimes. You don’t want to make her sad in the process.

If you are really good friends that have always been totally honest with each other, then you may be able to share how you feel, but this depends on your friendship and her personality.

3. Stay Friends with Him

You don’t want to eliminate the guy entirely from your life, you just want to make sure he’s no longer the focus of it. Should they one day break up and you still feel the same way you do now, you want to be able to call him.

4. If He’s Flirting With You, Then Put an End to It

If the guy I generally flirtatious and every girl he talks to thinks he is flirting with them, then chances are he means nothing with his flirting. If, on the other hand, you have the distinct impression he actually wants to be with you, you have to either tell him to end it with his girlfriend if he wants to continue flirting with you, or he has to stop flirting. If he’s flirting but you don’t think he means much by it, he just enjoys it, then don’t buy into it and don’t flirt back.

The thing is, it may be tempting to keep flirting with him, but he’s still with someone else. His main priority is not you. And if he dumps her for you after first spending weeks having an affair with you, how reliable is he? Don’t let it get to that. If he attempts more than flirting tell him he first has to sort his things out with his current girlfriend before he gets it going with you. If he can’t take responsibility in his relationship with her, he won’t take responsibility in his relationship with you.

5. Date Others

Get your social life busy and look around for other opportunities. Join the online dating scene if you want to (but keep it safe). When you first start out dating others it may not feel right as you have feelings for someone else, but let’s face it: if Mr Not Single was The One, he would love you back. You can’t sit around and wait for him. Go out. Have fun. See what happens. It might take some time till you fall for someone else, but at least look around.

6. Remember the Guy You Adored in First Grade

Chances are you’ve been in love before and it ended. Most of us have had more than one crush in our life time. This proves that at some point, when you are ready, you will move on.

7. Don’t Compare Yourself to His Girlfriend

Maybe she’s terrible. Maybe she’s gorgeous. It doesn’t matter. You are looking for someone who loves you for who you are. If he’s with someone who’s terrible it shows he has some issues. If he’s with someone great, then know that there will be someone who finds you great. Love is not about all those people who won’t fall in love with us. Love is about that one person who will. Your best chance of finding that person is living a fulfilled life where you enjoy yourself and find the beauty in being you. Some people spend their entire life thinking about getting rid of their wrinkles, when they could just be laughing. Focus on what it is you love and forget the rest.

If you try to be someone else you are always going to be second best compared to the original. Be the best you and people who love that kind of personality will be drawn to you like moths to a flame.

8. If He Tells You Stories of How Horrid His Girlfriend Is Then You Must…

If he says his girlfriend is crazy, he really wants to leave her, etc., etc. then listen and tell him that if she is so horrible then he is doing himself a disfavor being with her, as well as doing her a disfavor. She needs love as much as the next person. If he can’t provide it, he should step away, or learn to love her for who she is.

Don’t allow him to have a pity party – tell him to sort his life out. A lot of guys, especially married ones, tell you how terrible their lives are and expect you to add something great to it, without them leaving their partners. Well, you need something great too. You need someone dedicated to you, and not to their so-called crazy girlfriend.

If he tries something on tell him that once he’s sorted his life out, he can come back.

9. See Yourself as Number One

You are looking for the one person who sees you as great. Never think you are number two just because one out of billions of men doesn’t want to date you. Find your inner spark and go out there and be great.

10. Remember There Is a Tomorrow 

Unrequited love sucks. There’s really no other way to put it. Instead of despairing though, remember the old cliche that after rain comes sunshine. It’s not just a cliche – it’s true. Watch The Holiday and learn what the women in that movie learnt – there’s better than second best. There is number one.

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1507760_10152392614860079_8379465670289960282_n copy 2By Maria Montgomery – Maria is a freelance writer, director and social entrepreneur. She’s also the spokesperson for The Little Angels Community Center and an avid blogger. You can find her somewhere between Cape Town, London and L.A., where you will most likely find her in the hills, looking out over the city she loves. @OhMyMontgomery


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    April 25, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    okay so there is this boy in college whom I have been crushing on..and I tried to chat with him but he didn’t seem interested and I always used to check him out on social media but today I got to know that he has a girlfriend and that was kinda disheartening and earlier I had created a fake Instagram account and conveyed my feelings to him keeping myself anonymous..
    well I don’t know why his girlfriend stares at me in college! could he be that they know who it was?
    after being in a heartbreaking relationship with my ex i made myself strong and a year later i start to crush on a guy and after some months got to know his taken…this was the worst…

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      April 27, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      You are aware that he is in a relationship. Do not attempt to maintain a romantic relationship with him. It is beneficial for you to continue to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. If his relationship naturally ends and he reaches out to you in the future, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings at that time. Have a great day, Niya!

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    November 30, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I have liked this boy for about 5 months now and I found out that he had a girlfriend 2 months ago but I still like him even though I have tried to stop liking him. I am his friend so I talk to him often. He is actually my first crush. I find him funny, handsome, nice, and we have a lot in common. My friends and I think he can do better than his current girlfriend, and they know her better than I do. In class he looks and talks to me quite a bit. He also enjoys scaring me. When he scares me he either, pats my head, lightly grabs my shoulder, or when I am talking to one of my other friends he gets his face really close to mine. What should I do?

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      December 2, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      He is currently in a relationship. Do not attempt to nourish a romantic relationship with him at this time. The two of you are friends, so continue to strengthen your friendship. Share your kindness and compassion with him. If his current relationship ends, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings with him at that time. Have a great day, Cassie!

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    November 4, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    In my school near my locker there is a boy who looks so much like the boy of my dream. He’s just too perfect,his personality is so cute. It’s my kind of boy. He’s just too nice to me. I talk to him sometimes and I felt so good, but he already has a girlfriend. I can not get him out of my head and I do not want to have a crush on him because he already have a girlfriend, put everytime I talk to him I can not stop me. Some people tell me waits, he may break with her girlfriend because she lives at 40minutes by car from our city. Others tell me go see him and tell him what you feel, but no thats not a good idea because he has a girlfriend and I would just look like a bitch and a girl I know tells me I hope that you do not have a crush on him if yes stop to have a crush on him because that is nasty, but it is not me who decide my feelings and she doesn’t want me to be happy this girl. What should I do?

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      November 4, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      You are aware that he is in a relationship. You mentioned your concerns about harming their relationship. Determine what you want for your future without him. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Selena!

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    September 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm


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      September 8, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      You should not share your feelings with him at this time. You are are aware that he is in a relationship. If his relationship naturally ends, then reach out to him at that time. For now, simply share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Anamika!

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      Izzy Goulart

      April 2, 2020 at 10:50 am

      Tell him if you feel the need , like if you cant hold it in anymore. If you confess tell him subtlety and make sure that your clear on if they say no you can still be friends.

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        April 2, 2020 at 6:51 pm

        Thank you for sharing your supportive comment. We always appreciate when our readers help the other members of our community by sharing their insights and experiences.

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    September 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm


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      September 8, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      You should not share your feelings with him at this time. You are are aware that he is in a relationship. If his relationship naturally ends, then reach out to him at that time. For now, simply share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. Have a great day, Anamika!

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    June 22, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I have a crush who already has a girlfriend to be honest he knew that im hving a crsush towards him and he always put stories in instagram and he goes out with his girlfriend every weekend and it makes me so sad i knw its not good but i dont knw how to over come this bec he is so nice to me and i couldnt admit that he has a girlfriend bec he always says that she is fighting with him and he is here to breakup but nxt day mrng he was like no we r not breaking our reltionship.i was like then why r u telling this to me.he confuses me a lot what am i supposed to do bec this is my first crush?

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      June 22, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Your crush has a girlfriend. Your actions are causing him to become confused and uncertain. He likely feels a strong social and emotional connection with you, but is aware that he is in a relationship. Allow your desire to establish a relationship with him to fade. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with him. Have a great day, Alice!

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    May 29, 2018 at 6:02 am

    I have a crush who has girlfriend. But he flirts with me. I love him so much but when i found out he is chatting with her girlfrien on social media, it hurts me a lot. What should I do? Should I stop loving him or..should i hope????. Till now, he shows me that he is interested in me.

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      May 30, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      He is in a relationship. Do not attempt to nourish a relationship with him. Continue to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. He should not flirt with you or attempt to develop a romantic relationship with you. If his relationship ends and he reaches out to you, then share your thoughts and feelings with him. Have a great day, Su!

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    April 11, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I started to like a boy in my grade about two months ago and I didn’t tell my friends about him because I thought they would judge me but when I was about to tell one of my friends that I have a crush on this guy, she told me that her older sister likes him so I didn’t say anything about me also liking him. They soon started talking and I would just hate myself after seeing them together. Today I just found out that they are dating, this really broke my heart. I really want to get over him since it is very difficult for me to get closer to him.

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      April 11, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      Allow thoughts of this person to fade. Allow your emotional energy to be directed elsewhere Allow thoughts of him to influence you to take positive action. If his relationship naturally ends and he reaches out to you, then speak directly and honestly with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Laurence!

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    April 4, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Well my crush is a senior in my school and I’m a fresh man and he’s dating the school’s slut who is a junior. please help me i dont know what to do. xxx

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      April 4, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      He is in a relationship. He is not able to nourish a relationship with you at this time. Focus your emotional energy elsewhere. Determine what you want for your future without him. Develop your social relationships and focus on your education at this time. Have a great day, Noor!

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    January 23, 2018 at 1:37 am

    He is one of my relatives and I’ve heard my uncle talking of me and him together but he is 5-6 older and the really doesn’t matter. Actually the problem is that he doesn’t pay attention to me or maybe he finds me a child.Yesterday I went in his sister’s wedding so well dressed but he didn’t even look at me and god he looked so good. This really depresses me .

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      January 23, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Allow thoughts of him to fade. He has showed that he is not interested in developing a relationship with you at this time. You commented on an article about what to do if your crush has a girlfriend. If he is in a relationship, then do not attempt to establish a relationship with him. Have a great day, Priya!

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    February 28, 2017 at 6:30 am

    There was something wrong with this article if your crush has a girlfriend obviously a friendship can’t happen when a guy has a girlfriend I want nothing to do with him anymore even if he is my crush

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      February 28, 2017 at 10:54 am

      A friendship can certainly happen with someone who is dating someone else. There is nothing preventing a friendship from flourishing. If you don’t want anything to do with him, then put him out of your mind and allow yourself to move forward. Best of luck, Lauren!

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      April 12, 2017 at 10:39 am

      I’m the kind of girl where if my crush has a girlfriend I end the friendship that’s why I said it can’t happen because I won’t let it happen I’ve had to end friendships a lot when I was younger and it looks like I’m going to have to do it again

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        April 13, 2017 at 8:40 am

        Feel free to make any decisions that you want to make. However, you may find that you can continue to have a healthy friendship with someone that you are interested in while they are in another relationship. If their relationship naturally ends, then you can attempt to develop a relationship with your crush at that time. Have a great day, Lauren!

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    February 15, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Well, there is this guy in my school whom I am attracted to but… he loves another girl and she is one of my bestie. He knows my feelings, he even spends time with me, sits beside me and chats with me. According to him I am his best friend but, he loves her. I can’t get over him. What should I do?

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      February 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Get over him. He is in love your one of your friends. There is no reason to seek to harm their relationship out of selfish reasons. Support their relationship as a friend should. Take this time to look inward and determine how you can take positive and kind action in the future. Have a great day, Rose!

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    December 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

    We became friends in our first year of high school and I started liking him a few months in. Ever since, he’s the only guy I’ve ever thought about, but a few months ago he told me he can’t be with because he found out he had a chance with one of HIS best friends, (didn’t tell me who), but he still kept flirting with me . Now that girl is in college, and he’s still a sophomore in some of my classes, and I found out he’s dating her. I’ve moved on to another guy from a different school, but this still makes me angry because she seems like such a downgrade from what he could be dating (honestly not me, he doesn’t really care about me).

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      December 12, 2016 at 9:47 am

      That is an unfortunate situation to be in. There is nothing that you can really do about it now though. As long as he is dating her, you will not get to have your chance. Hopefully, his relationship will end sooner rather than later and you will finally get to be with your crush. Best of luck, Nicole!

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    Black CARRIE

    July 10, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Well from the first day I met my work crush there was a instant attraction, like lightening shall I say. We've known each other less than three months but he started staring at me and saying nice things. Some sexual which I dismiss but the nice things I enjoyed. Him helping me and teasing me. Then he started to give me long stares, make me laugh and touch my shoulders. I was in heaven… he also stood very close to me on several occasions and smiled. He didn't act like this with other girls, even his voice changed. So I was shy and started to try to open up more, then he went cold. Apparently I got clingy on that day for he changed, then the next week he started helping me again. Fast forward a couple weeks later, I overheard him talking about his girlfriend… I literally ran out of there but stopped myself and went back to work. I was devestated, angry, disappointed and confused, thinking why and how didn't I noticed this. Same day for he knows I like him, starts annoying me like cat calling, growling, being too close, making jokes while I tried to ignore him. I'm just so pissed for he's probably laughing at me now. Like what was up with the sad goodbyes, stares, the closeness and the way he speaks to me. I just feel horrible for if I knew he had a girl I wouldn't have tried to talk to him. He definitely didn't act like this with others, heck maybe I was a easy target. I just feel upset for how he handled it instead of ignoring me, he made fun of my feelings for him. Also he's my manager. I tried to ignore him but he just kept my whole shift trying to get under my skin. I hate that even know I'm attracted to him…. it just burns my soul. I just can't believe he acted like that, almost wanting me to crack under pressure… I almost did but I gained control. It just I fell for him. It's just sickening to my stomach. How can someone be in a committed relationship and yet lie…. This month he changed…. I'm just so disgusted with myself. He didn't show the signs…. I didn't see the signs…. This hurts extremely, I haven't even cried yet but I just know my heart hurts.

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      July 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Speak with him directly about your desire for him to no longer speak with you in anything other than a professional manner. Tell him to no longer touch you or make animal sounds at you, and that you will begin speaking to your boss if he chooses to not respect your wishes. Get over the betrayal that you felt, as you should be concerned about his girlfriend and how he is treating her. Tell her about what happened, if you feel so inclined. Move along from him, and take this as a lesson to not get swept up in shallow ideas like attractiveness. Find someone who is good to you and who respects you, and realize that the way someone looks is unimportant.

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    July 10, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Well I’ve known my work crush for a short time now under three months. From the first day I saw him

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      July 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      If you are interested in developing a relationship with your work crush, then do so. Be careful regarding work relationships as they can have a detrimental effect on your career if the relationship turns south. Speak with him directly, after work, about your feelings and see if he shares those opinions. Perhaps ask him out for coffee when you see him next.

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    July 6, 2016 at 1:11 am

    For me is more complicated. Im in a relationship, and I started to fall in love with a friend of ours. and he has a girlfriend. I love my boyfriend, but I just…cant get x out of my mind, and he loves his girlfriend… I’m crying. I don’t know what to do

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      July 6, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      You need to stop thinking about cheating on your boyfriend. You also need to not think about harming a relationship because of your personal desire to be with someone. Both of these are selfish thoughts that will lead to harmful actions. If you make the decision to continue to think about people other than your boyfriend, then you need to make the respectful and adult decision to break up with him and protect him from the harm that your choices will bring him. Better yet, honestly speak with him directly about the feelings that you are having him now so he can make a decision for himself.

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      April 1, 2019 at 11:37 pm

      Well I tried being friends with my crush he was a very good friend for a very long time until he got into a serious relationship then he started putting his girlfriend first all the time every day all day he never put any effort into the friendship after that so eventually I ended up ending the friendship with him probably for good because now I know that the minute a guy gets into a serious relationship he acts like a jerk to his friends not his family but his friends I’ve got a new friend now actually and that friendship is going much better my new friend has more respect for me then Dominic did

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    June 29, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    I’ve fancied this boy for ages now but he’s going out with this girl but he told me in person and text message that for he wasent going out with her he would go out with me but isn’t that cheating but if I tell the girl and then he knows it was me he wouldn’t wanna date me and I just don’t know what to do right now

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      June 30, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      If he is currently dating someone else, then you do not want to be the cause for the harm that she would experience because of his infidelity. The most important thing that you can do is not to entertain his cheating. If he continues to do so, then you should show her the messages so she knows the truth. You do not want to be the reason why someone gets hurt.

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    June 6, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Just found that the person might be taken (at least a couple of months ago).
    Can’t say he’s a crush, but there did seem to have a possibility for us, but the communications failed. Now I feel like a loser, cuz I’m again the only one who stuck ;( And I doubt if it’s worth keeping a faith for a bright future.
    P.S. Thanks for the advice on carsharing/hitchhiking before, I chose the public transportation in the end and got helped by local kind people.

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      June 6, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      🙁 I was really hoping that things would work out. Oh, well. I guess there other fish in the sea, right? It will take time, but you will heal and move on eventually. Good luck, LHH! Thanks for the update!

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        June 7, 2016 at 6:21 pm

        Thank you SO much for the words :] I decided to “get myself back” first, cuz there may not be the fish for me, but at least I can enjoy my own life then, right?

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          June 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm

          That sounds like a good plan. Hopefully, everything ends up working out. Good luck, LHH!

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