One of my best friends is my first boyfriend. His name is Ivan, not the most exclusive Russian name :)
We met many years ago when we were schoolchildren. I was 16 and he was 14. Our relationship was naive and innocent, so we broke up as friends.
Now we communicate despite the fact that we live in different cities. We share our experiences and thoughts about life and work. Over the years I have realized that the friendship format is much better for us than a bf-gf relationship.