I have heard that guys can only be friends with their ex's to keep them around in case... but is it possible for guys to want to be just purely friends with an ex?
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Well here is a two part answer:
Yes they can, if the break was mutual and not messy sometimes it is possible. But this is almost never the case.
Why can't ex's just be friends?
As it goes most people still harbor feelings for people they were in relationships with, and they find it very difficult to leave their feelings behind when their old love is seeing other people. Many people also take such breaks very personal and try to pin the blame solely on the other person and that often leads to toxic feelings towards the other person.
In short unless both parties are mature enough to put their old feelings aside it is close to impossible to just be friends with an ex.0