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GENDER FRIENDER: Six in ten women say they have a male best pal — for Jennifer Lawrence it’s fellow actor Bradley Cooper

  • Platonic friendship works for Hollywood stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence – and now six in ten modern women say their best friend is male

It works for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence – and now SIX in ten modern women say their best friend is MALE.

A nationwide study suggests the famous When Harry Met Sally quote, “men and women can’t truly be friends because the sex part gets in the way”, may not apply to modern (straight) females, with 60 per cent insisting they prefer the company of men to women.

But when it comes to the question of whether (heterosexual) guys and girls can be platonic pals, the reality is it is not plain sailing for those in relationships.

More than one in ten (13 per cent) say their husband or partner is not impressed by their male friendship, causing regular arguments and bust-ups.

A further 16 per cent said their other half doesn’t like it one bit, but tries to brush it under the carpet.

However, a more secure 37 per cent said their platonic friendship was no issue, as they have complete trust in their relationship or marriage.

According to the report, the average British female has EIGHT friends in her social circle, with the majority (59 per cent) saying the group is mixed rather than single sex.

And more than one in ten (11 per cent) of the females polled said they like hanging out with guys better, simply because they TRUST their male friends MORE than their female ones.

But regardless of gender, the report looked into what makes the perfect friendship in the modern age.

It found women’s true best friends know an average of TWO secrets about them that their other half doesn’t.

And 31 per cent admit they physically pine after their best chum if they haven’t seen them in a while and 31 percent feel sure they have a telepathic connection to their best friend.

The main signs of a true best friend in the modern age were that you don’t have to see them all the time to be close (58 per cent), while 39 per cent said not holding a grudge was a true testament to friendship – and 37 per cent felt a true BBF should always tell you if you are being an idiot.

But sadly, the average British female only catches up with her best friends a mere eleven times a year.

More than a third (39 per cent) wish they had more regular catch ups with their real friends, while one in five say they feel lonely when they don’t see their friends.

Reasons for not seeing enough of our real friends emerged as living too far away from them (41 per cent), going in different directions (16 per cent), starting a family when your friend hasn’t yet (11 per cent) and a few have even fallen out over Brexit (3 per cent).

Prezzo who commissioned the research of 2,000 women, to launch their fizz and friends offer on the 8th December (with 25 per cent off Prosecco) commented: “We wanted to look into what modern friendships are like and how the dynamic changed over the generations.

“The thing that struck us most about the findings is that we do not see our true best friends nearly enough.”

When asked how many of their friends they truly rely on, the average female said there were only FOUR people in their friendship circle who they could really trust.

Meanwhile 7 per cent of women admit they have a “frenemy” – someone in their social group they secretly DESPISE.

A quarter are convinced that their frenemy talks about them behind their back.

Meanwhile 15 per cent said they make them feel bad about themselves.