This situation might sound really immature but I honestly don't know what to do because this is really the first time I've ever experienced such a typical high school problem involving bitching and rumours and all that bullshit.... if that put you off reading this I understand. It's got a bit of a prologue as well.
So about a month ago I went to my year 12 school ball. I went without a date, and ended up sitting at a table next to another girls date, who happened to be a massive blink fan... and we spent most of the night talking about music and all that kinda stuff. Soundwave festival was coming up in a few days and as AVA were playing, we knew Tom would be in our city on that Sunday. So, being the fanatics that we are, we went to the airport to meet Tom Delonge (which was one of the most amazing moments ever). We had spent about 4 hours sitting in the airport getting to know each other, and got along really well. That night, without me knowing, the guy broke up with his girlfriend (they'd been going out for 17 months), but it had nothing to do with me, they'd been having problems for a while. The next day was Soundwave, and we spent the whole day hanging out right up til the end when AVA played. He kept putting his hands on my waist.. (which I at first thought was due to there being hardly any room to move right at the front of the crowd, but there are other places to put your hands. I could just be making something out of nothing there), and I kinda got the impression he liked me to some degree.. just because of the way he kept looking at me. I just got a vibe.
A few Fridays later, I was home alone and bored after work, so he offered to come over and just hang out, and we just chilled, watched a movie, went on a maccas run and talked for a bit. The next Monday at school, I was in maths sitting next to a girl who I considered as a friend, and I was talking to her about this guy and my thoughts about him etc... (she never showed any sign of knowing the guy or his ex at all). In the past week, she'd been using my iPhone in maths to play Draw Something... well that's what I thought she was doing.
Anyway, last night the guy texts me saying there was a rumour going around my school that me and him had hooked up or 'fucked' as he put it. At first I thought he was joking but it turned out this girl from maths was actually really good friends with his ex, and went and told her everything about me hanging out with him.. and she had been going through my text messages with him when I thought she was playing the game. There was some blatant flirting going on, but nothing that would even suggest that we'd done anything like that. So she just went and jumped to conclusions and told his ex that we had hooked up, when we were still only getting to really know each other. So now this ex hates my guts, and his too, which I didn't understand considering he'd told me they had broken up. Turns out they were 'on a break'.. which is a different thing I guess. But the ex thinks we had gotten together whilst they were still going out, and now in every one of my classes there are people I don't even associate with talking about how this guy cheated on his girlfriend with me.
We were meant to hang out tonight, but now he says we have to keep our friendship a secret.. and he has stopped replying to my texts, yet he said he still really wants to stay friends.
Now I don't know whether I'm supposed to cut this guy off just to prevent any further drama occurring (which I'd be really disappointed about because I get along really well with this guy and I'd still like to be friends with him even if we can't be anything more than that) or if I should agree to this secret thing.. which could have bad outcomes or just be really complicated and stressful.
This all sounds fucking stupid I know, but I don't know how to deal with it. I was hoping that someone who has already experienced high school could give me some advice as to how to act in such a situation.
Thanks for reading.