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I'd Interpret it as him thinking he'd like to keep his options with you open, and that he does like you.
Based on what you posted, I find it a big negative that he didn't discuss with you what was bothering him. Although it's true you had not been seeing each other for a long time, he should not have kept you in the dark and just pulled back. Personally, I would move on.1THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE