Friendships are often built on shared experiences, mutual support, and the ability to grow together. However, when creative pursuits come into play, conflicts can arise, especially when ideas seem to overlap.
In a Reddit post, a person asked if she was wrong for breaking up with her “Influencer Bestie” who accused her of copying her content.
Best Friends Since Childhood
The Original Poster (OP) and her best friend met in middle school when they were 11 years old, and since then they have been inseparable.
They’ve had disagreements and friendship splits, but they always managed to come back to each other. They’ve spent the last 2.5 years without fighting.
They Decided to Start Content Creation
In 2020, following a breakup, OP embarked on her social media and fashion content creation journey.
Her friend also showed interest in pursuing social media content creation.
So they both encouraged and supported each other.
Her Friend Found More Success
Initially, OP’s friend focused on food content, experiencing more significant growth and success than OP. She even began a series on eating alone that was very successful.
Being independent was a topic that they frequently discussed because it was an aspirational one.
She Started a Travel Alone Series
So a few months later, OP started traveling alone, going to festivals by herself, and checking out clubs on her own.
OP was motivated by this to begin her own series about being a “loner.”
As OP’s series developed, she covered a variety of subjects, including advice for traveling alone, taking pleasure in activities alone, and improving connection with oneself.
She Did a Video on Food
OP only did one video about dining alone, and she even asked her best friend if she should add it to her series or treat it like a standalone review of a restaurant.
She suggested that she use it in her series to build her brand.
Her Friend Advised Her
Aside from that, OP never paid attention to “dining alone” or restaurant-related videos explicitly.
And OP never regarded it as copying her friend because OP believed her ideas were unique.
Things Took a Turn
But things took a turn when nearly 8 months later, OP’s friend said she wished they had talked about OP’s series since she thought it was too similar to hers.
She swears she doesn’t want OP to stop, but OP got the impression she does.
She Was Surprised
OP was surprised because she didn’t really believe she was copying her friend.
In fact, OP constantly nudges her friend to do things that OP believes to be good.
Furthermore, despite beginning her career as a content creator after OP, she has had far more success. So OP doesn’t see why her content became a problem for her friend.
She Doesn’t Understand Why Her Friend Is Mad
OP says that since they have been great friends for almost 17 years, she truly considers her achievement to be a reflection of her friend’s.
She finds it difficult to comprehend why her friend doesn’t have the same viewpoint.
Readers Sided With Her
So she took to Reddit to ask if she was in the wrong for thinking of breaking up with her friend. Several Redditors said that OP is not wrong here and that it doesn’t sound like a great friendship if OP feels like her friend doesn’t support her.
Ultimately, in any creative field, similarities in ideas and content are bound to arise.
So what is your opinion? Is OP’s friend right or wrong in this situation?
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