I'm scared that 'a break' may just be a breakup?

My boyfriend [M18] recently suggested a break as we are coming up to exams and the stress is causing him some mental health issues (he has to do very well in these exams to pass the year). I [F19] would gladly help him through these but he insists that he can work through them by himself as he has done before and he doesn't want to take any of his own issues out on me and we can give our relationship another shot after exams are over (in a month). He then proceeded to tell me he loves me for the first time and recounted the first time we met and how it made him feel. He also kept saying how I deserve better than him and I could find someone better in this break. I have no interest in anyone but him as he is the best thing that has ever happened to me but I am so scared that he will not want me back after the break as this is how my last relationship ended. He is a much better person than my ex and other than his insecurities and stress levels we have no other problems. I know he cares about me from the little things he does without realising but I'm so worried that he'll leave me for my own benefit when really all I want is to be with him. We will also be spending 3 months apart in the summer as we live in different countries away from uni so I worry that he'll think there's no point in getting back together with me. Do we actually have any hope?
I'm scared that 'a break' may just be a breakup?
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