I was recently promoted to team leader, and I have several colleagues that I'm close, and some I would consider friends. I have two colleagues that I would like to distance myself from for various reasons.
A while back one of them was monitoring my cycling runs via an app we were sharing and he was reporting to my manager that instead of working I was cycling. Another one is extremely racist and misogynistic, to the point that, even if I wasn't the target,I felt so disgusted that I had to report him to HR.
Both are mostly tolerated by the rest of the team. However, since I'm now the team lead, they both try to connect with me in various ways and they have pointed out that I'm friends with other colleagues but not with them.
How do I tactfully tell them that I'm not interested on interacting with them outside work?
To clarify, I would like to tell them to stop trying. I'm pretty sure that they know by now that I don't want to interact with them, but they continue to ask or find creative ways to butt in, creating awkward or sensitive situations.
I have been coworkers with some of the colleagues that I'm close/friends with through several companies. One of them was my lead at least twice. I didn't play any favorites.