What do you all think?
I know these mixed messages very well when I see them and don't seem them as "wishful thinking" because a first grader could very well see them too.
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It's possible to like someone a lot but still struggle with feelings for someone else. I think this is what is happening here. Maybe he's still in love with his ex and is finding it difficult to be in a relationship again for now. Timing can fix this. However if he naturally just doesn't feel that romantic connection then unfortunately time likely won't fix it. It's very much possible to also really adore someone as a friend but as only that.. Don't interpret his actions for more if he has already made it clear that he only sees you as a best friend.