Daily Mirror agony aunt Coleen Nolan gives advice to a guy whose friend is pestering him to accompany him while he has a Prince Albert piercing done
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II’m a single man in my 40s and my mate, who has a girlfriend, has asked me to come along with him to a tattoo/piercing salon so he can have a Prince Albert put into his penis.
I thought this was odd – why would he ask me to accompany him instead of his girlfriend? I know they’ve had their problems, but still.
I’ve tried to ignore it or change the subject and talk about the weather or football, but he keeps bringing it up in conversation – he even talks about it in front of family and friends. He won’t give up.
He’s a good pal, but the thought of it is disturbing me – I’ve even been having nightmares of him with his Prince Albert and, in those dreams, I’m in the process of having one myself!
I’ve never had a piercing and never intend to, but maybe he’s trying to encourage me to have one? I don’t even know what the point of the piercing is.
I’ve helped out this mate in many ways before, but this is becoming a difficult situation and feels like a bridge too far in terms of our friendship. I’m confused. Can you help?
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Coleen Nolan is the Mirror’s resident agony aunt
Well, having no personal experience of a Prince Albert, I can’t tell you about the pros and cons, but it certainly sounds painful.
Look, you need to just shut the conversation down with: “Mate, I’m happy for you that you want
this piercing, but I can’t think of anything less I’d rather do than watch you have it done.
“So it’s a ‘no’ from me and I’m not going to change my mind.”
I don’t know why he would ask you to accompany him either, but it’s possible there could be a subtext to all of this.
Could he actually be attracted to you sexually and the piercing is a way of bringing this to your attention and gauging your interest?
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Do you have feelings for him beyond friendship or could he have misinterpreted signs that you do?
But the bottom line is, if this is something you really don’t want to do, then you need to be very clear and direct about it.
Tell him that if he continues to go on about it, then you don’t want to spend time in his company because it’s making your feel uncomfortable.
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