My friend keeps putting me down because I'm from Romford and I'm fed up

DEAR DEIDRE: ALTHOUGH I am proud of my hometown, I am so wound up by my friend, who keeps on poking fun at it.

I’m from Romford in Essex and he takes every opportunity to mention it if he wants to argue with me or put me down.

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He’ll say “That’s rich, coming from someone from Romford,” or “So shallow – just what I’d expect from an Essex boy.”

We have known each other for three years and went on a few dates, but nothing came of them. I am 25 and he is 24.

I don’t like everything about Essex – I certainly don’t like the way it’s ­portrayed in a reality TV show – but I’m proud of where I come from and who I am now.

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Why does he keep doing this and how can I make him stop?

I’m not sure I can stay mates if he carries on.

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DEIDRE SAYS:  He is probably insecure and jealous, or he may have unresolved romantic feelings following your failed dating attempts.

You need to talk to him and tell him how this is making you feel.

Ask him to be honest about his feelings too. Then clear the air so you can move forward.

Read my support pack, Standing Up For Yourself for advice on how best to do this.

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