Let’s be honest. Relationships are tricky. They’re especially icky when honesty isn’t the best policy. And they’re at their worst when the one who’s fallen out of love is trying to exit the relationship with having to deal with your tears, emotions, or questions.

To survive the rush of emotions, let’s break down what his breakup excuse REALLY means. (And yes, women use these excuses, too. If you’re a guy wondering “Why?” the following breakup excuses and translations may not help you heal your heart but will offer a little bit of peace, love, and understanding.)

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