Et tu, Brute?
I mean, it is may be 1000th time when I see this question here, but normally it is not Germans who ask it:))))
As for "more freinds of ... gender", I think more or less in equal proportion. I have no idea honestly. By "friends" i mean 'close friends', a few, but I'm not uin the mood to count them now.
Do you believe in... music? In any event you can jus sing a song and there is music.
So you are free to have male friends if you want.
Human relationships and human feelings to each other is soemthing real, mysterious, spiritual and very diverse. Honestly, my feelings to each person and my relations with each person are something unique. When I love someone 'love' stands for this person. My feeling is identical to the object to some extent:)
But notions like 'friendship' - I'm not sure they describe 'reality'. They might be inventions, made to 'approximate it' (a spectre of relationships classified this way) or they might be 'art': something new, a new structure added to reality of feelings. Whole life of ours might be 'art'. I'm into this art:)