How to tell a girl I like her?

So I'm a sophomore in high school and I'm friends with this girl named Jess. She's bisexual and made me realize that I am too. (It's hard to explain) anyways I've liked her since October and I've tried hinting that I like her but I don't want to ruin our friendship and make it awkward. But deep down I know that she probably doesn't like me. And if she confirms that I will be crushed and will probably fall into a pit of despair. (Not even joking 😂) I love her, I really do. I just don't know how to tell her because we also joke around about flirting and dating. Ugh anyone have any ideas? Thanks! 💙💞💙