It sounds like he’s trying to push me away unconsciously or consciously so that he can get with her. The thing is SHE KNOWS I like her because my friend let it slip that I liked her. The issue isn’t that people are gaming you, the issue is that you’re jealous and you’re trying to rationalize why you “lost”. But let’s not pretend that this is all the result of Player-1 trying to edge you out and steal everything you’ve ever wanted. Player-1 has been more of a friend to you than you’re willing to acknowledge.