Why can't he just let me go?

There is a guy at work who I thought liked me, turns out, he doesn't, but I really like him. I am very upset because he led me on for months. He said he knew I liked him, but was avoiding saying anything to me because he did not want to hurt me. Needless to say, he did, and he says that he feels awful. I sent him a message saying that yeah, I'm still hurt but I'll get over it. He replied back by saying he still really wants to be friends with me and wants to speak with me in person and is not interested in giving me the silent treatment.

Why? Why can't he just let me go?
Why can't he just let me go?
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