I have had , what I thought was a very personal friendship with an employee (young gay male) as He, as with all Ns is very engaging and funny and talked about how I meant the world to him and I trusted him and enjoyed his company immensely. I always struggled a bit with the fact that our conversations were a lot about him but attributed it to his age he would message me daily and we built what I thought was a friendship. - at this point he thinks we are still good friends. We work in a school. I am the principal he a teacher. The day summer started he disappeared. The very rare Texts he sent were short and conversation ending. It was clear he did not have any interest in communicating much over the summer. He was invited to my cottage with his partner over the summer and cancelled the night before. When told him I was upset and was concerned that his attention was just using me he of course denied it and said he has had the same argument with all his friends (all of which he has had for a few years) he says his friends all call him an a*^hole because they think he does not care about him. He assures them he does and everyone is happy except me. I'm not buying it.
Looking at his behavior now with fresh eyes I see his narcissism clearly
My question. What do I do. He thinks we are still great even though he has pretty much stopped messaging me. He told me I mean the world to him and hope our friendship will continue to strengthen BUT. I am his boss. I don't trust him anymore I am hurt but want to be professional so hard to cut him out of my life. He is a master manipulator and I don't want him turning on me.
I still miss the friendship I thought we had so not sure September will bring.