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Dear Playboy Advisor: How Soon is Too Soon to Date a Friend's Ex?
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Dear Playboy Advisor: How Soon is Too Soon to Date a Friend’s Ex?

Q:How soon is too soon to start dating a friend’s ex? Here’s the story: A year ago, my buddy was sleeping with a girl he really liked. They never made it official, though, because she didn’t like him in that way. (She pretty much broke his heart.) Now, a year later, the woman is sliding into my DMs on Instagram, and she lives only two blocks away. I liked her then and I like her now, so I want to pursue something. By the way, my buddy goes on a new Tinder date every other week, so I think he’s over her.—J.G., Phoenix, Arizona A:Here’s what I know about men: It’s never too soon and it’s never too late to date your buddy’s ex, because either way he’s going to be ticked off. Blame evolution and men’s deeply ingrained biological drive to dominate when competing for a mate. It boils down to “You’re not going to piss on my tree.” That’s the bad news. The good news is that culturally, men are indoctrinated with the “bro code” from the time they’re children. Growing up, they’re…

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