Why would a guy say a woman deserves better but not want to break up?

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My boyfriend is a sweet guy who I know is head over heels (as am I) but is a bit of an ass sometimes and his communication is really 💩. To his credit, he does try to change certain damaging behaviors (we both do) but he will fall into old habits before progressing again.

He has problems on all fronts and I suspect he didn't get an exam he just wrote but he hasn't said anything to me. He confides in me a lot.

We got into it over some callous thing he did and his social media habits. He said I deserve better which I took as the classic "it's not you it's me" and figured he's been lining up someone because that's usually the case. I said let's end it then to which he replied "I cannot leave this relationship". 🤔.

Why would he say this if he doesn't want to end it?

Why would a guy say a woman deserves better but not want to break up?
Why would a guy say a woman deserves better but not want to break up?
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