Why did he respond like that?

Hey. So I'm really close friends with my guy friend right? Like I've known him for about two years now and I asked him out once before, he said no. He said he didn't want to date his friends ex girlfriend which I understand. However, he still takes my boyfriend and I out to movies, dinner, and we hang out quite often, we flirt occasionally, buy each other gifts, etc. At one point, his friends thought we were dating when we weren't lol

The other day I looked at him and said; "hey, I love you". He looked shocked and took him a hot minute to say anything. His response was; "that's fucking gay". Lmao I'm trying to figure out what he meant by that 😂 I know he's just joking around but wondering why that was his first reaction.

Anyone know why he said that?
Why did he respond like that?
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