How do you talk to your partner when they're upset about something you've done?

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Long story short, my SO went through phone and saw text thread from someone from the past. The conversation was strictly business. I consoled this person regarding an investment that my boyfriend and I were looking to do together. He knows all about business and realty. Was mentioned previously that I'm happily in a relationship but SO can't get over that I had a "past" with this. Stupid move. He gave me an option of letting him see the conversation or the relationship was over. I patiently explained to him that the conversation was strictly businesss and was previously mentioned that I was in a relationship. He ended it anyway, after the fact that he felt upset that I consoled a person from the past. He told me to leave his home and I left, but I wanted to explain and now I'm concerned that he'd want nothing to do with me anymore :(
How do you talk to your partner when they're upset about something you've done?
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