Yes, it hurts. There’s no way a break-up doesn’t hurt unless the two people in a relationship decide at the exact same time that it’s over and that there is something or somebody else waiting just around the corner. I know that it’s natural to want to know “why,” but when someone breaks up with you, it’s rare that you know the whole reason. He was obviously trying to make it easier on you by saying it was the “distance,” and he “still loved you” and whatever else he could come up with. Chances are he was simply attracted to someone else, or wanted the freedom to go out with other girls, and he figured that eventually you’d get the point and that would be that. He was irritated that you didn’t accept the break-up and kept pushing him into telling you he liked someone else better. So now you know, and you can quit asking him, and you can also realize that some day the shoe will be on the other foot. You’ll be going out with someone for a while who likes you a lot, and gradually you’ll realize he likes you more than you like him, and that you want to go out with other guys. And you’ll agonize how best to tell him, and you probably won’t tell him the whole truth. Almost everyone is going to experience the agony of being rejected in one way or the other. It’s part of life. Pick yourself up and get interested in the whole rest of your life.