How to help a friend without looking like I'm making a move onto him?

Arlinnae Arlinnae
I have a friend with whom I had a short fling. It did not last long, not di it get very intense when he broke things off, and we remained friends. To this day I find him very attractive (which he knows) but not dating material any more (probably did not notice that.)

Right now he is absolutely depressed about his ex-girlfirend (not me) leaving him. He still loves her, but she loves someone else.
I knowthat there is little you can say that makes any difference, and most words are empty. But I want to let him know, that I am there if he needs me, and I want to share his 'helplessness' in the situation to make it just a little easier to bear.
How do I tell tell him without making him think I am making a move on him? Are there any gestures I could do to help?

Thanks for all help!
01/18/2013
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js250 js250
Just tel him you are his friend and if he needs to talk or let his feelings out--you will be there to listen.
01/19/2013
hmb12 hmb12
I had the same situation with a friend before, we both were there for each other when one of us had a broken heart. You just let them know they deserve more (something my guy friend did many times for me) and just go out together and have some fun. Stress relief. Be there when he has nobody to hang out with. No dinner and a movie dates, but just going and doing something together that will cheer you up is so fun. Luckily, I was the one that broke it off, so I didn't have weird feelings, but sometimes it was heard for my friend to get over it. Now he is getting married and I have a long term relationship so all is well. If you truly are good friends then it won't be awkward at all.

On the other hand, there are those people that say they are friends with their exes but really just can't handle it. I trust that you aren't that type since he has already dated since your relationship.
01/19/2013
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