How does chloe really feel about Adrien? Elaborate C:
A very important aspect of Chloe’s personality ( and this does rely a little on my own personal headcanons for her ) is the fact that she’s never received real love. And because of this, Chloe doesn’t know how to love in return. I’m not saying that Mayor Bourgeois doesn’t love his daughter. It’s OBVIOUS that he does. A lot, too ! But the kind of love that he has always given her has never been what she needs. Ever since she was born, Chloe Bourgeois has been the absolute apple of her father’s eye. Everything that she has ever wanted or needed has been presented to her without question or complaint. She is spoiled ROTTEN. In the one where Kim is akumatized, we see quite a clear example of just how much she is allowed to get away with, specifically concerning her father’s money. She orders a ridiculous 24 carat gold photo frame, charged to Daddykins, to match her gold toilet. I am well aware that Chloe is the daughter of the mayor of Paris and is an heiress as well but that kind of money is no joke. Due to his busy job, the Mayor has never been able to be around for her. Whatever happened to Chloe’s mother, we don’t know yet so let’s just go with the fact that it was her father who solely raised her. In his eyes, not being able to be there and to teach her how to grow and to be able to spend quality time with her, the best alternative was to give her everything she desired. He never put a leash on her, so to speak. He never held her back. He gave her everything she demanded. Ever since she was born, this is the only kind of love that Chloe has ever experienced.
Even Sabrina is the same with her. Never any complaints. Chloe can be a despicable person to Sabrina sometimes but she keeps on coming back. She keeps giving her love and doing her assignments and she continues to act as though she’s her personal assistant. In short, Sabrina has never been the kind to say no to Chloe either. Chloe has grown up thinking that love and being loved is about someone giving you everything that you want and practically everything else that love isn’t. I’m not saying that Adrien has ever done this to her ( look at Kung Food when he defends Mari ) but he REPRESENTS this. Adrien is beautiful, rich, popular and kind to her. He’s pretty much the dream guy so his personality + the way he treats her + the fact that Chloe doesn’t know love = It’s so obvious why she thinks she loves him.
But she doesn’t. Not romantically, at least. Adrien is a very IMPORTANT person to her. She loves him and she cares about him but she’s not in love with him. Adrien is the first person in pretty much her whole life who has ever treated her with anything close to a proper love. It’s still not enough and it’s still not perfect but Chloe has led a very distant life from all of her relationships, seemingly placed up on the highest pedestal. Adrien doesn’t do this with her. He’s kind but I think that he doesn’t give her everything she wants. Obviously he’s grown a lot since becoming Chat Noir and we haven’t seen the way they interacted before that really, but he still said no when it mattered. That’s addicting to her. To have someone treat her like a person, to have someone not hold her in such a high regard is like a forbidden fruit to her. She’s never tasted something like this before. There’s no wonder why she would instantly love it and want to hold onto it. If Adrien had been just another one of those kinds of people who viewed her as some being meant to be cherished, then she would have definitely loved his money and his looks and all of that but she wouldn’t be so deeply obsessed with him.
I think two of the defining moments in their real relationship are showcased in Origins Part One and the Christmas Special. Both times, we see Chloe deeply caring about Adrien and it isn’t in the way we’ve all come to expect. She keeps secrets for him and probably plays an active role in helping Adrien attend public school without his father knowing ( which is one of my favourite things in the series ) and appears genuinely disappointed and upset for him when he doesn’t show. She also really smiles, so genuinely, when Adrien is found safe and at home and she gives up her present-filled Christmas with her father to spend it with him and their classmates. This is REAL. These scenes are the most accurate depictions of their true relationship, of the way that Chloe actually feels about him. It’s of friendship and of love and its that side of Chloe that we barely ever get to see because she never really has any cause to show it. And because most of the time, she doesn’t know HOW to show it. These moments where Chloe doesn’t have her walls up and isn’t being treated like a princess are the best. It’s in these moments where you can finally see the true way that Chloe feels about Adrien. Everything else written above and before are the reasons why we don’t get to see this all the time from her.