If a girl recently pretended that she had a boyfriend then you might be wondering why and what it might mean about the way that she feels about you.

This post will show you a number of reasons why she might have done it and why other girls might pretend to have a boyfriend in the future.

So, what does it mean when a girl pretends to have a boyfriend? It would be a sign that she is not interested in you especially if she shows other signs of disinterest in her body language. She might also say it to see if you have a girlfriend, to see how you react, she didn’t like someone you were with or to seem more popular.

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Since there are a number of reasons why she might pretend to have a boyfriend it would be helpful to consider the body language that she shows around you and the context of how she said it.

Why a girl will pretend to have a boyfriend

Each of the different reasons why she pretended to have a boyfriend will likely come with a number of clues in her body language and in the way that she did it.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a girl will pretend to have a boyfriend, the signs to look for and the things to consider.

She is not attracted to you

The reason that she pretended to have a boyfriend could be that she was showing that she was not attracted to you.

This would be more likely if she said it when you were showing interest in her, if she said it specifically to you and if she was showing signs of disinterest in you.

If she was not attracted to you then it would be likely that she would have been showing signs of disinterest in you.

These signs could have included:

  • Squinting at you
  • Crossing the arms
  • Facing away from you
  • Pointing her feet away from you
  • Looking at her friends
  • Distancing herself from you
  • Giving you short answers
  • Tightening her lips while you are talking
  • Showing false smiles where she only smiles at the mouth

She is attracted to you

It could be the case that she pretended to have a boyfriend because she was actually attracted to you.

The reason that she might have been pretending to have a boyfriend despite being attracted to you could have been that she wanted to see if you also have a boyfriend or possibly to see how you would react.

If she did pretend to have a boyfriend despite being attracted to you then she would likely have shown signs of being attracted to you in her body language.

These signs could have included:

  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Having more dilated pupils than usual
  • Touching you a lot
  • Standing closer to you than she does with other people
  • Brushing her hair to the side while she was around you
  • Stroking her hair while talking to you
  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Talking to you with a higher-pitched voice than she does with other people
  • Adjusting her appearance when she sees you
  • Laughing and looking to see if you’re also laughing

She doesn’t like someone that you’re with

It could have been the case that she does like you but she didn’t like someone that you were with and she said that she had a boyfriend because she was showing a lack of interest in him.

This would be more likely if she shows signs of attraction when she is around you and if she shows signs of disinterest when she is around him.

She wants to seem more popular

It could have been the case that she said it because she wanted to seem more popular.

This would be more likely if she said it while you were with other people and if she said it more generally. It would also be more likely if she says other similar things a lot as well such as if she talks about other guys hitting on her a lot.

You were showing too much interest

The reason that she said that she had a boyfriend could have been that you were showing too much interest in her too soon.

This would be more likely if she said it when you were only meeting her for the first time and if she said it after you had been showing interest yourself.

Consider when and where she told you that she has a boyfriend

The timing and location of when and where she told you that she had a boyfriend would likely be a useful thing to consider.

If she told you that she had a boyfriend while you were not with other men guys then it would be more likely that she was showing disinterest in you especially if she was showing other signs of it in her body language.

If she said it while you were both around other people then it would be more likely that she said it because she didn’t like someone that you were with or because she was trying to seem more popular. However, she could have been showing disinterest in you or attraction if she said it directly to you. It would help to consider how her body language was different around you compared to when she was with other people.

Consider how she reacts to seeing you

Considering the way that she reacts to seeing you would likely help in understanding why she said that she has a boyfriend.

If she reacts to seeing you by noticeably changing her body language and behavior then it would make it more likely that she has good or bad feelings about you depending on how she changes it.

If she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Adjusting her appearance
  • Brushing her hair to the side
  • Positioning herself to be nearer to you
  • Holding eye contact with you
  • Straightening her posture, smiling and uncrossing her arms

Then it would be more likely that she is actually attracted to you.

Whereas, if she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Crossing her arms
  • Squinting
  • Tensing her jaw
  • Tightening her lips
  • Pointing her feet away from you
  • Avoiding eye contact

Then it would be more likely that she said it because she isn’t interested in you.

Think about how she interacts with her other friends

It would also help to compare how she interacts with you with how she interacts with her other friends.

If she shows the same body language around you as she does with her other friends and she often says it to other people as well then it would be more likely that she says it a lot naturally.

Whereas, if she shows more negative body language around you and she doesn’t say it much to other people then it would be more likely that she pretended to have a boyfriend due to a lack of interest.

Look for a cluster of signs

When considering what her body language could have been suggesting it would be helpful to consider multiple aspects of her body language at the same time.

The reason for that is that single body language signs will usually have multiple possible meanings making them unreliable on their own.

Whereas, multiple body language signs that all suggest the same thing would be more likely to be there for that reason.

If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people's true intentions.

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