I did ghosting to a man that I still love, but maybe was the right thing?

I met this guy in college, the library did an artist convention (so de students can show their talents) and he did an amazing portrait and a lot of beautiful draws, i saw that he put his user of IG like a signature and i follow him and he follow me back. later we met in person and become friends, that year i was with my ex and he whit his ex, everything good. my ex and i break up and his relationship break up later (his girlfriend went to another country). we was single and sad and I don't know, we spend time together and one day i thought "maybe i'm in love?", but nevermind he knows another girl and had dates and i though (okay, its just me in this) so we did our lives separated. like a year later i noticed that his relationships finished very soon (and had a lot of new vices) but was his life so a i dont said nothing. one day he told me that he was in love of me in college (i was shocked) and that he still believe that he is in love. i said that i don't understand (i mean, he had like 5 girlfriend in half year) so i was mad (for hide this and for the poor girls too). he apologize and told me that we can still being friends, i accepted. he begin to make portraits of me and a lot of beautiful creations and i though that maybe his feelings become in something more pure and he did that for the appreciation, but again i was feeling something more and everything was complicated so i decide disapear. i know it was very immature but I don't know, i just like to know the opinion of other mens about this bc im very confused?
I did ghosting to a man that I still love, but maybe was the right thing?
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