Every day we’ll be featuring the beloved “Strawberry Letter” franchise that is so popular on The Steve Harvey Morning Show heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice.

Today’s topic: Thugs and Gentlemen

Dear SHMS, I wish I could get my love life as together as my career. I dated my high school sweetheart for 4yrs on and off. He even proposed to me when I was 19. No one on my side of the family was happy I said yes because he is 3 years older than me and he can’t keep a job, he didn’t graduate high school, and he is in and out of jail. 2yrs ago he went to jail again and while I was in school I took my friendship with one of my classmates to the next level. We have been a couple for a little over a year now and we are both in love. I told my ex in jail that I found somebody else but I still wanted to be friends. Now he is out of jail and I made the mistake of seeing him. I wasn’t intimate with him in anyway, even though I wanted to so bad. My feelings have me all messed up. My ex still wants to marry me but he said we can be best friends since I’m in a relationship. When I talk to my boyfriend about marriage he says he is too young to think about that now. Oh, my boyfriend is younger than me. I know my ex needs to get his life together before we get married. But, should I go back with him and be by his side while he gets it together since I know he wants to get married or stay with my boyfriend who has it together (job, car, own place, and school) and hope marriage comes one day?

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