What is the real reason exes stay friends? Is there something else behind this?

He ended it, after three solid years, but loves me and doesn't wanna completely lose me so wants me to stay his friend. why is it that the guy always wants to be "friends" with the ex? Is there a motive to this? I ask this because he is friends with everyone he has casually dated or had a loving relationship with. If I stay his friend, I feel like I'm just gonna be one of the other girls that he knows will always love him. If I disappear from his life will he take it as I really didn't love him? I love him with all my heart but don't know how to love him without me as his girlfriend. I don't know if I could be his friend, I don't see it happening... not anytime soon. What will he think of me if I just walk away from him completely? He walked away from me!

What is the real reason exes stay friends? Is there something else behind this?
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