Does a break mean break up?

My long distance boyfriend of 18 months has asked us to go on a break for 3 weeks because he is unhappy and wants to get his life together.

He wants to ring me in 3 weeks so we can talk about what we want to do.

I really don't want to break up and I still love him. He said he loves me and it's just circumstances and he wishes we lived in the same city. I don't know if I should believe him or not.

Is he just trying to break up with me gently? Or can breaks actually work?
Does a break mean break up?
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