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'Lizzie' adoration just phase

I have this friend who goes to my school, and she is obsessed with Lizzie McGuire. She buys clothes and accessories from the show. She made over herself and her sister to look like Lizzie. She dyed her hair and cut it. She hangs pictures everywhere. It's kinda lesbian and weird. I was just wondering if there is something wrong with her.

Honestly? Your friend totally reminds me of myself when I was going through my Madonna phase in junior high school. I had the hairstyle and the clothes (including a different pair of fingerless gloves for every day of the week), and my walls were covered (literally covered with pictures of that woman). To the best of my knowledge, there was nothing seriously wrong with me — I just really thought Madonna was cool. So, I think you need to ask yourself why you're having such an extreme reaction to your friend's new hobby. Do you feel like she's been ignoring you since she's gotten into Lizzie? If so, talk to her about it — she might not even realize that she's making you feel bad. Another possibility (and the one I'm putting my bet on): Maybe your friendship wasn't on such solid footing to begin with, and this Lizzie thing is just pushing you over the edge. Because the truth is, if you guys were really great friends, you'd probably just playfully tease her about it (the way I tease my best friend Nicole about her Justin Timberlake infatuation) and then move on. The fact that you're so unforgiving about her funny quirk tells me that maybe the friendship has run its course. But even if that's the case, don't trash her. Bottom line? There's probably nothing wrong with your friend. But there might be something wrong with your friendship. No one says you guys need to be friends forever. Just be civilized about how you treat each other.


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