From plucking each others’ eyebrows to crying at reality TV, one man shares a baffled insight into what it’s like living with his girlfriend and her best friend…
Whether it’s the guy who insists on hoarding out-of-date mayonnaise or the early bird who just loves to blare out power anthems at 7am, living with flatmates is a lesson in diplomacy.
Everyone has their personal quirks, and seeing them unfold is something akin to an anthropological exercise. Other people’s habits are both alarming and fascinating, and the ultimate crossover comes when we learn to not only tolerate, but hold real affection for them.
Which is perhaps why musician Craig Shapes struck a chord recently, when he shared the many lessons he’s picked up since moving in with his girlfriend and her best friend last year.
Craig took to Twitter to reveal the pearls of wisdom he’s gleaned from living with his two flatmates, in a series of brilliantly baffled insights.
A muse on female friendship and the inanities of living together, the missive quickly amassed over 70,000 likes.
Last year, I moved in with my girlfriend and her best mate. They’re both girls. Some of the shit I’ve seen is EYE OPENING mate (a thread)— Craig Shapes (@craigshapes) March 28, 2018
While some of Craig’s findings play to gender stereotypes (clearly, not all women are Instagram stalkers or have “massive dramas” over washing their hair), others really do capture the random quirks of friendship and flatmates - women or no.
For example, Craig is floored by the level of “weird-smelling candles” in his flat (“I don’t even know what rhubarb and custard actually smells like?!?”) and has become a reality TV convert (“I know everything about all of these people I’ll never meet.”)
Here are a few of our favourite insights:
7. If my eyebrows aren’t “fleeky”, they literally don’t talk to me until I agree to let one of the girls pluck them. It’s mad. Girls love plucking someone else’s eyebrows. No idea why!!— Craig Shapes (@craigshapes) March 28, 2018
11. Sometimes I sit on the sofa and just watch those two, sometimes they just look and break out in to dance or something. I literally have no idea what’s going on, there doesn’t even have to be any music playing— Craig Shapes (@craigshapes) March 28, 2018
15. There is so much hair everywhere mate, it’s mad. Especially around the shower, just little clumps of hair. Am used to it now tho— Craig Shapes (@craigshapes) March 28, 2018
One more tho... they’re both currently crying at DIY SOS. And crying at something on the telly is completely normal. 😂— Craig Shapes (@craigshapes) March 28, 2018
Clearly, the trials and tribulations of living with two best friends is worth it, as Craig concludes: “All I’d say tho is that you don’t know true loyalty until you’ve lived with girls.
“And the house is full of laughter every day. Love them.”
Photos: Getty and Twitter/CraigShapes