It highly depends on your past. How did the relationship form? What kind of things were discussed between the man and the woman? I believe in some cases it can, but it would really depend on how the two would interact with each other over time. If over the years the man and woman didn't do more than just make friendly flirtatious remarks with each other and probably just discussed their ideal mate as they would with any other friend, then I could see them being just friends. After all, close friends in particular often share sensitive secrets. If, however, the man and woman find themselves constantly talking about how they feel good around each other and find themselves being uncontrollably affectionate with one another, then I'd say something more is developing. When that happens, it can be real hard if not impossible to go back to way things were before those romantic feelings evolve...especially if the romance for whatever reasons comes to an abrupt end.