Most Helpful Guy
First off, don't lie because that would just make it worse. Instead, just tell him it exactly like you just did.
"I'm sorry, I really want to date you but I can't because of X reason, is it okay if I ask you out when I'm available?" Or "I'm sorry but no."
It's crueler to string someone along than to just put it out there straight, & no matter what you say, if you say no, it's going to hit the guy just as hard or soft as he was always going to react.5THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE
Most Helpful Girl
"I'm sorry but I just don't see you that way. I hope we can stay friends"
It's blunt and to the point so you're not going to give him wrong ideas.
"I'm sorry but I can't date right now for x reason. If you're willing to take things slow or wait for me then I'd love to give things a try though."0THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE