I told him "I love you".. and he didn't say it back..
My boyfriend and I have been dating/seeing each other for a year now. Everything has been extremely slow moving in our relationship. We just finally officially decided to be 'boyfriend/girlfriend' in August. He was hurt pretty badly by his ex who he dated for six whole years and she left him for another guy unexpectedly. She is engaged now.
He is 26 years old and I am 22. I felt like things were going really well so we were in bed the one night cuddling and I whispered it to him. It was dead silent after I said it and then I felt like an idiot. I started crying after the silence of about 5 minutes went by when I realized he wasn't saying it back. We have a great relationship and everything has been going awesome, so I thought for sure he was waiting on me to say it first. it crushed me when he didn't say it back. Now it bothers me.
He made it clear that he cares about me A LOT. He just said it's hard for him to say that to and that he needs time. What does this mean? I really feel like he loves me but maybe is scared to say it or scared to express his feelings. He is not one to show any emotion. Help someone explain what I need to do or how I should treat this situation. It hurt a lot but I'm willing to be patient with him because he is worth the wait.
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