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While talking with my wife recently, the friendship level pop-up in the dialogue box shows we have level "13/12":
13/12 friendship
This seems peculiar, since only 12 hearts out of a maximum of 12 show in the social tab:
12 hearts in social tab
Furthermore, on the wiki (here and here), the maximum friendship level is stated to be 12 for a spouse. From the second link (emphasis mine):

Once a villager has been married, they will move into the farmhouse. They will have a maximum of 12 hearts instead of 10 [...]

How is this possible that the friendship level is above 12, which appears to be the maximum?

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    Asking for developer information is off-topic. In game explanation, we can do, or some sort of bug explanation, but wanting dev info makes it fall squarely into developer intent.
    – Frank
    Sep 3, 2016 at 14:37
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    I realise asking for information only the developers would know is off-topic. What I mean is is there any information on this that we do know, ie not developer intent.
    – MC ΔT
    Sep 3, 2016 at 14:42
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    Asking directly for developer information is the same thing as developer intent; it requires the developer to have said something in order to answer the question. Focus on the issue itself, instead of how you want answerers to answer it.
    – Frank
    Sep 3, 2016 at 14:43
  • Alright. If I edit out "Is there any information from on this (from the developers perhaps)?" would the question be more squarely on-topic?
    – MC ΔT
    Sep 3, 2016 at 14:45
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    Perhaps changing the last paragraph to something like, "How is this possible?", would make it much better, in my opinion.
    – Frank
    Sep 3, 2016 at 14:46

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This is in fact intended.

As DanmakuGrazer said, by increasing your relationship with your spouse, it will eventually reach 13 hearts. When this happens, the relationship becomes "capped" like every other relationship: it won't naturally decay. (It can still decrease due to actions such as the character witnessing you digging through trash, or if you give gifts to bachelor/ettes while married.)

Getting your spouse's relationship to 13 is a requirement for

getting a stardrop. More accurately, once your spouse is at 13.5/12 hearts, you'll receive the stardrop. (H/T @Pathoschild.)

In fact, in the past, instead of being represented as 13/12, this would be shown

as a stardrop icon.

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    Based on the code, that happens the moment you reach 13.5 hearts internally. There's no probability involved. :) Oct 26, 2016 at 18:06
  • @Pathoschild Huh, I didn't know that. Thanks!
    – Schism
    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:53
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As the developer, ConcernedApe, has not spoken on this matter, we have no way of knowing whether it's intended or a bug.


Now that the question has been changed, I'm afraid the answer is still pretty boring: it just happens. Keep giving gifts and paying attention to your spouse, and friendship will (always?) reach 13 hearts out of 12.

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