There are different types of friendships:
Close personal friends will stick up for each other in front of others, answer questions honestly (in a kind way), help each other when there is a need, support each other emotionally through difficult times, and enjoy spending time together. Most people, whether neurotypical or who experience Autism, only have a few friends who meet this definition of a close personal friend.
Personal friendships are less intense, and are generally built on one or more shared interests. Personal friends share their thoughts and feelings as well as experiences. Some people who experience Autism tend to be very open, honest, and willing to share themselves with others – traits personal and close personal friends will value.