My best friend met the love of her life – and I can’t cope

A woman feels bereft because her friend has less time for her. Mariella says stamping her foot because she’s getting less attention is not the way forward

I’m 32 and struggling with unwanted changes to a much valued friendship. Over the past two years I’ve been rather left behind with a friend who met the love of her life, got married and fully embraced her friendships with her husband’s friends. We spent less and less time together and when we did, she seemed disengaged. It rather broke my heart as I consider her one of my closest confidantes. I suppose at first I dealt with it very badly, getting emotional and confronting her about her “neglect” of our friendship. I would still love to get our friendship back on track. I just don’t know how. Her priority is her husband and the new family they will likely create and I know I can’t turn the clock back. I’m surprised to find teenage feelings resurfacing at my age! But I don’t know how to move on from something I feel so sad about.

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