Hello, I am Rafael. Thanks for asking your question - I'm here to support you. (Information posted here is not private or confidential but public).
I am very sorry to know bout this very sad and frustrating situation.
Do you know why these different people have been telling her that?
Do these people dislike you or had problems with you; are jealous, just immature or with bad intentions?
But they are well aware of how this has been undermining your friendship, so why they kept it that way?
I see, chronologically young people too?
Have you confronted them and be direct about the issue and discuss with her everything about it?
If these people are immature to the point of doing that, how could your good friend believe them, even more when you were good friends?
So how do you know she thinks you want to date her?
i think that if you are good friends and you truly want to protect and take good care of this friendship, you need to be totally honest and open towards her, otherwise your friendship could not be totally healthy and really close, and fulfilling, but it would be this vulnerable to misunderstanding, fears, doubts, what other people say about it and more.
Obviously this friends of you are not that good or at least very immature, but you have a good friendship with her, then you should be open and honest towards her, otherwise it could never be a really good, healthy and mature friendship, and would get deeply undermined because of such vulnerabilities with scenarios like this.
If what you want is to keep and take good care of this friendship, you need to talk to her about it and clarify things, being %100 honest and open, direct and clear.
You're very welcome.
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