My ex is upset that I’ve started dating again

Dear Annie: I was with my last partner for two years, until January of this year. I love him, even though it didn’t work out.

The reason why is because he repeatedly shut me out of emotional or physical intimacy, and he would not communicate his feelings. He didn’t want to break up but said he understood why I preferred to remain friends.

This worked fine when I wasn’t dating, but now that I have begun dating again, he is visibly upset. I feel guilty dating and shouldn’t. He sat on the sidelines for two years. Why am I holding out hope he will come around or let me go in his heart?

— Stuck Hoping

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