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Have You Ever Dated the Same Person as Your Friend?

Last night on How I Met Your Mother, we saw the rare benefits that can come from dating a friend's ex. On the episode, Barney (played by Neil Patrick Harris) looks to his best friend Ted for tips on how to date his new girlfriend Robin. If you don't follow the show, I'll fill you in. Robin and Ted dated for a while, broke up, and remained friends. Now, Robin is dating Barney.

To help out his friend, Ted gives Barney a lesson in Robin 101. Conveniently, Ted is a college professor, so he and Barney meet in his classroom where Ted spills the beans on everything, from Robin's surprising erogenous zones to a crucial list of five things never to do in front of Robin. Needless to say, Robin is not thrilled when she finds out about these lessons.

While watching the episode I couldn't help but think that the characters make the potentially awkward situation of dating your friend's ex seem pretty fun and easy. Have you ever had a lover in common with your friend?

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Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 7 years
ewwww nope!!
biarose biarose 7 years
Yeah, but I was like 14 or 15!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I share three exes with a friend. It's not a huge deal, we know our friendship is worth more than any guy.
vmruby vmruby 7 years
Yes only once and we've been together for 12 years, married for 10, and we have a beautiful 8 year old daughter together and I could not be happier......
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
A couple of my friends have in the past dated guys after me. I don't usually care, and they usually ask first. It's not a big deal to me. If it were a guy I'd been with for a really long time I might take issue, but that's never come up.
kulikuli kulikuli 7 years
No, i have a no friends policy... u can't have dated any of my friends to talk to me, it's way to weird, it'd be like kissing my friend, no thanks. Thankfully most of us like different guys anyways.
weffie weffie 7 years
Not "dated" but my bestie and I have 2 in common on our lists of hookups... they were years apart and we're all friends so it's no big deal, but i'm sure it sounds really trashy when we laugh at the fact that she did the guy who I lost my virginity to and I did the first guy that knocked her up! Good thing neither of us take ourselves very seriously :)
karlotta karlotta 7 years
I did. That ended really well for all parties involved!
esmerb esmerb 7 years
No! All my female friends and I have really different taste in men (thank goodness)!
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
No, but like GlowingMoon some ex's of friends did try to date me, and then go ahead and talk to their ex about hooking them up with me. It was really awkward, and definitely not a recipe to keep friends.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
no, i'm not really cool with that
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No. However, I was pursued by a friend's ex, and it was awkward. I was never interested in him, and declined his advances. However, sadly, my friend resented ME, and that took a toll on our friendship.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I haven't... I don't think we have the same taste in guys. Besides that, I think I'd be uncomfortable with it, unless the relationship had been over for a significant period of time.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Yeah. My hub's ex was a friend of mine who actually 'pushed' for us to get together.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
All my friends have always told me my boyfreinds were ugly, or stupid... Well, unworthy to be with. So how could they date them? :P
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