If a guy says “I want to hurt you as less as possible”, what does he really mean?

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I am dating a guy who claims that he really likes me and is trying to make it work, but then has said a few times that he doesn’t want me to get hurt if he can’t see us together. I really like him, and know that he feels the same about me. I just don’t know what to think of this. He struggles accepting that I am inexperienced and younger than him. Not by a lot, just a few years. He is 27, I am 20. Is he planning on hurting me? “I want to hurt you as less as possible”. That hurts because it makes me think that he doesn’t want to see us together.

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If a guy says “I want to hurt you as less as possible”, what does he really mean?
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