Most Helpful Guy
You said it yourself, you "could never look at him as just a friend".
Why torture yourself? ... Just let him know that you want him as someone to kiss and be with him romantically. If he doesn't want that, then walk away and never look back.
He'll eventually contact you, because he'll miss you an your presence.
The human mind works like that.
Most Helpful Girl
I think what you're feeling is natural and to be expected. I do think that distancing is a good idea for now... until you get over him and you two get to an amicable place where you can try and be like what you once were.