When two people first fall in love, it will usually take a little while for outside interferences to begin to creep in between the two of you, but sometimes there can be interferences right from the start. One of the biggest problems that can cause either delayed or immediate friction between some couples can be other friendships.
No one who you are in a relationship with should have the right to keep you from having friends outside of the relationship that the two of you have together. The big problem that will often arise from this is usually not that you have other friends, but the amount of space they take up in your life.
It is very true that some partners in a relationship can be very possessive of you and will think that they are the only one entitled to your attention. A relationship with someone that is this controlling can make for a terrible life.
Everyone needs friendships outside of a love relationship and this is a problem that will have to be corrected because if it is not one or both of you will be continually miserable. This is in the instance that your partner is being unreasonable. That is not always the case.
Sometimes there actually can be a problem that the other friends are creating in your love life. You must understand that a partner you are in love with expects to be first in your life as an overall understanding.
If you continuously place your friendships with others first, you can only expect a partner who tries to be reasonable about your other friendships to become frustrated. There is a lot of difference between a friend and a lover and it is your responsibility to know where to draw the line.
In normal relationships where couples have mutual respect for each other’s personal space, other friendships will not be a problem. If you are having problems because of other friends, look at the situation carefully and be honest with each other about the situation.
Are they being too selfish with you or are you spending more time with others than with your lover? There must be a way to compromise and it usually takes two to accomplish this. If your relationship is what it should be, then the two of you should be able to have friends and each other at the same time.