About a month after my ex broke up with me in Feb, he texts me his new cell number. He wanted to remain friends because he didn't want to "burn any bridges" and he still cared for me and said if I needed anything he would be there. Whatever. I even told him after he broke up with me that once a guy breaks up with me I'm gone, I won't stick around. He couldn't handle that so he pretty much charmed his way, and I fell for it, hook, line and sinker. When I saw his text I was trying so hard not to contact him. Like the vulnerable person I was, I said OK. Since then, we had hung out a few times, but because the physical attraction was still strong, we couldn't maintain a platonic friendship. The last time I saw him was at a cook-off 6 mos ago, and as soon as saw me, it was obvious he missed me. But after that, I never heard from him. Because I was having such a hard time with the break up, I couldn't let go. I continued to initiate contact(bad idea, I know). He would only respond at times, and other times, it was like I didn't even exist.
Why would he even give me his number if he's only gonna hurt me more by playing these mind games? I'm angry at myself for not being stronger then and sticking to my guns, but I wasn't, and now I'm paying the price by appearing to him like this pathetic ex girlfriend, which I'm not. Are guys really that heartless to do something like that? What the hell is going through his mind?
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Hey now girls do this too. I dated someone who texted her new number to her ex after we been dating for almost a year. So imagine how frustrated I was, when I bought her a new phone with a new number. Kinda did it to see who she would be willing to give it out too. Man, did that blow up in my face.
Any how, the way I see it is that he still might care but not enough to work on a real friendship with you. I think he would be more upset with himself not being able to leave a door open for you and have you call him and get a message like, "this number is no longer in use".
I can't speak for why he acts the way he does but I do know that I wouldn't refuse s*x with an ex with no strings attached (besides from one girl, only because I still kinda care and that could set me back).
Remember that he knows you better then anyone else on this site and that he could be doing this just to see if you would use the number. This way the ball is basically in his court. You have the number, so now you have a choice whether or not to use it is up to you.