I know it's wrong but I'm in love with my neice
DEAR DEIDRE: I’VE developed romantic feelings for my niece. I know it’s wrong, even though she is not a blood relative, but I can’t help it.
I’m 49 and she’s 27. She’s my brother’s stepdaughter and we’ve always got on well as friends.
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She has always messaged me and confided in me about problems she’s had with her parents or boyfriends.
I think she sees me as a kindly, cool uncle, someone she can trust.
But as she’s grown up and into a stunning woman, I’ve started noticing how attractive she is.
I’ll admit I have had sexual fantasies about her but I know she doesn’t feel the same.
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The problem is, I can’t stop thinking about her. If I send a friendly text and she doesn’t reply, I feel sad and annoyed.
I’m unhappily married, bored and lonely. Her messages gives me a boost.
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DEIDRE SAYS: Not only are you over 20 years older than this woman, she is also your brother’s daughter, and she trusts you as a friend.
As you know, nothing can ever happen between you. And if anyone finds out your true feelings, you risk blowing your whole family apart.
Please see a counsellor. My support pack on Counselling will tell you more.
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Don’t contact your niece again – delete her number if it helps – and try to keep your distance until you can overcome these feelings.
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