Women only consider three friends completely trustworthy and reliable

London, Apr 16 (ANI): For women, only three of their friends are completely trustworthy and reliable, a new British poll has found.

The survey of more than 3,000 people found that despite a circle of 22 friends on average, people in the UK have close relationships only with few of them.

Three-quarters of best friends are revealed as family members, with mothers topping the list at 39 per cent, followed by sisters at 23 per cent, while one in 10 people nominated their spouse.

The study showed that a typical close friendship lasts 18 years, with most best friends meeting at school, work or university.

However, the study also found that people lose touch with around 24 friends over the years, simply drifting apart.

“It is only the really strong friendships which continue despite life’s interruptions, and of course family members are often the most reliable and trustworthy people to turn tom” the Daily Express quoted Shefali Mattani of Nivea, which commissioned the survey, as saying.

Two-thirds of those questioned said a busy lifestyle meant they saw friends less and less, although a third were happy to confide in their pals over the Internet.

“There really is nothing like making the effort to meet face-to-face. That is why we are urging people to take time out, really think about the relationships they have, and celebrate close family ties and friendships,” said Mattani.

Unsurprisingly, 84 per cent of people questioned claimed that relationships with family and friends were the most important things in their life. (ANI)

Michael Phelps on bong pics: It was a bad mistake

Washington, Mar 13 (ANI): Olympic golden boy Michael Phelps has for the first time opened up about his controversial marijuana pics, insisting that the episode was a ‘bad mistake’.

In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, the 23-year-old swimming sensation admitted to making a mistake and exercising “awful judgment” by partying among pot smokers in November last year.

“I had no idea really what to do,” E! Online quoted Phelps as referring to the moment when he learned that a photograph of him holding a bong surfaced in a British tabloid on January 31.

“I knew that I’d made a mistake and made a bad judgment.

“And…I know that when you do make a mistake…you’re responsible for all of the consequences. And I was willing to, you know, accept the fact that I did make a mistake,” he added.

US Swimming has suspended Phelps for three months, and he has also lost his Kellogg’s endorsement deal.

He said that the hardest part of the ordeal was knowing he had hurt and disappointed, not only his fans, but the people closest to him, as well.

Talking about the house party at the University of South Carolina, where he was snapped smoking a bong, Phelps said he knew most of the guests at the party and there were only six or seven people there altogether.

“It was just a small group and we were just sitting around and celebrating,” he said.

“People think, you know, it’s funny at times” to take an impromptu cell phone picture. I’ll say that there are a lot of people out there who want to take advantage of any situation they have…I trusted my friends who were there, who they were.

“And clearly they weren’t [trustworthy] people…Sometimes you learn the hard way,” he added. (ANI)