Q: My boyfriend and I are both in the same class. We love each other very much and this is our second year dating. We are now in matric. However, when we are at school we hardly talk to each other and he has become close with my friends. I think they are trying to separate us. I’m super worried. What should I do?
A: It is easy to put the blame for this on your friends instead of your boyfriend. He is the one who has made a commitment to you. What does his behaviour say about his love and respect for you? It sounds like you and he need to have an honest conversation about what is going on. Do you both want the same things from the relationship? Why is it different out of school than it is in school? Honest communication is needed here if this relationship is going to survive.