Can a gay guy fall in love with a girl he is really close to?

I have a guy friend for the past year. We are so close that we spend almost all our time together. He has told me I'm his best friend apart from his Mother. We share the same interests & have a great bond and he even said this to me. Now we share the same apartment. Just a little while ago he confided to... show more I have a guy friend for the past year. We are so close that we spend almost all our time together. He has told me I'm his best friend apart from his Mother. We share the same interests & have a great bond and he even said this to me. Now we share the same apartment. Just a little while ago he confided to me (really embarassed) that he is gay & that he has tried with girls & with guys but he thinks relationships are difficult & he is a free spirit. The thing is, I am the same (except I am not attracted to women, only men). Whenever I talk of travelling, he wants to come with me. Is it possible he could fall in love with me? He keeps telling me I'm beautiful.
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