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Sounds delusional or maybe he is just playing the "say what you think they want to hear" game. It is usually meaningless. People will say things like this only to dump you shortly after. Just say "that is nice my love" and take no further notice of it.
He's trying to make you feel good. He actually can live without you and has for years before you so it's just something women like to hear and he wants you to feel special.