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Your ex sounds like a piece of shit.
That is total bullshit, when romantically involved I never tell anyone I love him unless it's IN LOVE. That just causes confusion.
My motto is it's better to be in love and happy then be heart broken than lonely forever and miserable.
You cannot hold onto love. It simply is. Just because someone leaves or it didn't work out doesn't mean the love wasn't real. You can fall in love many times and have a few soulmates. It's whether your crosses pass each other or run parallel.