Bri Springs, Mike & Bryan Discuss the Age-Old Question: Can Men and Women Be 'Just Friends'?
“The Bachelor” Season 25 star Bri Springs joined Mike Johnson and Bryan Abasolo on the latest episode of “Talking It Out,” during which the trio discussed the age-old question: Can men and women be “just friends”?
The conversation came in the wake of recent comments made by TV host Steve Harvey, who strongly believes that it’s impossible to maintain a platonic relationship with someone of the opposite sex.
“I actually gotta disagree with him on that,” said Bryan, adding that he and wife Rachel Lindsay each have thriving friendships with members of the opposite sex that are “100 percent platonic.”
However, the handsome chiropractor — who recently relocated from his native Miami to live with Rachel in Los Angeles — noted that he believes each party involved in the friendship needs to agree to never take it to an intimate level.
“I do think it’s rare and both people need to be on the same page. It’s more of a situation where I feel like I value that relationship so much on a friendship level and they do the same, that if we were ever to take it to that place and it didn’t work out, that would be the end of the relationship,” Bryan explained. “You can’t go there, be romantic, be sexual with somebody and then, if you’re not compatible relationship-wise, take it back and be besties and hang out and tell each other all your secrets.”
He added, “I just don’t think it will happen that way. I think it will dissolve the relationship and you guys will go your separate ways.”
For her part, Bri seemed to agree that men and women can be “just friends” — but disagreed with Brian’s assertion that an opposite-sex friendship can’t survive a casual hookup.
“Dang, I kind of disagree with you,” she said, providing examples from her own experience. “I’m just thinking about some of my guy friends. I have some guy friends who I have been physical with before and we’re still friends. We hooked up, we’re still friends, and it’s like nothing ever happened. In my mind, I feel like guys can do it all the time, so why can’t women do it?”
Meanwhile, Mike called Steve Harvey’s opinion “complete blasphemy.”
The franchise alum elaborated, “I have gorgeous friends. Think about Bachelor Nation. A lot of these women are my friends and I’ve never touched them. They can spend the night. I can spend the night at their crib, and nothing would ever occur. It’s just a level of respect that I have for them and the level of relationship that we have.”
Mike then tried driving his point home by describing his personal progress in accepting the LGBTQIA+ community.
“With that being said, I remember when I was ignorant and thinking back to people in the LGBT community, thinking like, ‘Bro, I can’t go to certain places because they’re all going to like me because I’m a guy,’” he recounted. “That’s completely ignorant to say. People in the LGBT community can be friends with [the same sex] and not want to hook up with them. So, for Steve to say that, that’s just blasphemy.”
Listen to this week’s edition of “Talking It Out with Mike & Bryan” below.
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