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Climbing lie will leave me hanging

Northern Ireland's number one agony aunt Fiona answers your problems

Dear Fiona, I have been going out with a boy for three months and, although we get on really well, there is just one problem.

He is a really keen climber and wants us to go on holiday together to climb up some mountains in France.

I’ve been on the climbing wall in the gym while he’s been doing other things so I don’t think he realises how rubbish I am, or that I’m petrified of heights!

I’d love to do it, but I’m just so nervous about telling him what I’m really like.

When I met him I said I’d done “lots” of climbs in order to impress him but now I wish I’d never lied to him and I don’t know what to do for the best.

KE, Belfast

Dear KE,

There’s nothing wrong with not knowing how to climb — huge numbers of people have never climbed anything more taxing than stairs!

The real problem is the lie you’ve told so the best thing to do is to come clean and tell him.

Hopefully, once he realises that you did it because you were keen on making a good impression on him he will forgive you.

As for your fear of heights, admit that too because the last thing you want to do is freeze when you’re half way up a mountain.

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