Every so often, I find myself at the other end of a phone call from a friend who’s caught her partner cheating. I’ve asked myself a million times why my friends and sometimes even old acquaintances seem to crawl out of the woodworks to seek me out for relationship advice. Whatever the reason, I feel like I’ve become a pro at listening to my friends talk about their deepest, darkest relationship issues. If you find yourself in a similar situation, you should know how to talk to a friend who’s been cheated on, because it's certainly a complicated issue.
The first thing to remember is that you can’t fix their situation, but you can offer support for as long as they need it. In an interview with Romper, relationship counselor and psychologist Elisabeth Graham explains that it takes time for someone who has been cheated on to process their emotions, and depending on the person and their relationship, the healing process can vary. She also notes that there is no prescribed way to resolve issues like this, so you won't find a fix-it-all solution to help.
When you love your friends, you will do anything to see them happy, but when it comes to their partner, things can be extra sensitive. Here are some subtle ways to approach the situation.