I DIVORCED HIS LYING ***!!!
So is this their MO (they always avoid the question) if so then this person is not worthy of your questions.
Why ask someone anything if they like to avoid giving you the flat out truth.
call them on it, then let them know you will avoid asking them anything because of their behavior.
People like to be liked, they want to be listened to, and they rather give advice than take it.
A real friend is all of the above plus likes to get advice.
Twist around their curved answer.
I draw my own conclusions and vividly distort the question to reality
I get frustrated & irritated.
You really can't change people. I found myself in a relationship in my past with someone like that, they would also lie, manipulate, argue just to argue so they could feel like they "won" instead of being genuine & trying to truly communicate. I got the hell away from him, broke off our engagement & found a much better fit with my husband.