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14 February 2012, 11:31
Two-thirds (66%) of men in the North East are in or have had a "bromance'' - a close platonic relationship with someone of the same sex.
A study's shown the extent to which men in Britain embraced the phenomenon.
It was also revealed that nearly half (48%) of men say their "bromance'' causes problems with other people in their life and nearly a quarter (23%) of men's partners are jealous of their "bromance''.
The amount in the region in such a relationship is higher than the UK average of just over half (55%).
Lads in Liverpool are the most likely to have been involved in a bromance than anywhere else in the UK (70%). Liverpool is closely followed by lads in Newcastle (65%), Edinburgh (64%) and Southampton (63%) with lads in London and Nottingham joint fifth with 62%.
Inspired by characters in film and TV, the recent remakes of Sherlock Holmes starring British actors such as Jude Law and Benedict Cumberbatch have caused the Baker Street duo to top the list of the UK's favourite bromances of all time.
Classics such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid also feature along with more modern duos such as: Joey and Chandler (Friends); Harry Potter and Ron Weasley (Harry Potter); Saturday night TV favourites Ant and Dec and Gavin and Smithy (Gavin and Stacey).
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson top men's list of favourite "bromances''.
It seems romantic relationships, marriage and co-habiting play a key part in the death of a bromance.
More than double the amount of single British men (28%) are in a bromance, but this figure drops significantly for people that are married or co-habiting (10% and 15% respectively).