I'm a female and a junior in high school right now. In freshman year I started liking my best friend Ben. Things have been intensifying over the past two years and I always thought Ben was flirting with me. He would touch me, play with my hair, and hint at things like kissing me and dating. Then, 2 weeks ago, Ben was asked on a date by another girl. He called me for advice and, though it killed me, told him to go for it. He told me he didn't want to and it was very complicated. I asked him why and jokingly asked him if he was gay. He surprisingly answered with an "I think I might be." What do I do so as not to ruin our friendship? Why did I like him so much? Why did he flirt with me? And most of all, why didn't he tell me sooner? I could have gotten over him a lot easier if he had told me last year. I mean, we are BEST FRIENDS and I would die without him. The only problem is, him being my best friend, I have no one else to talk to about this. I'm the only one he's come out to.