How do I tell basically my best friend that, I don't want to date him without hurting him? I feel like I am being forced into saying yes to him because he is being deployed to Italy in 3 days! Ahhhh help!?
Answer on How to tell a good friend you don't want to date them?
Just be honest with him. Tell him that he's your best friend and you respect your friendship. Tell him you'd be dishonest if you said you wanted to date, and you care for him too much for that. It would be fair to give him false hope, knowing how you really feel.