18 Signs He Will Never Come Back (And 5 Signs He Will)

signs he will never come back

Going through a breakup is never a simple or easy process. Whether you’re the one who got dumped or you’re the one who initiated the split, it’s going to involve pain.

And as you adapt to this huge life change, you may wish things were different.

You may even want your ex back.

If you do, the question becomes: does he want you back too?

While many couples get back together after a breakup — and the relationship goes from strength to strength — unfortunately, sometimes a break up is permanent.

In this article, I’m going to tell you the 18 clear cut clear signs that he will never come back. Then I’ll share 5 main signs that he wants to get back together.

By the end, you’ll know whether getting back with your ex is a live possibility, or whether it’s time to move on and find someone new.

We have a lot to get through!

1. He won’t make eye contact

It may not be the first thing you think of when trying to figure out if he wants you back or not, but it’s a pretty good tell. If he’s avoiding eye contact with you, he’s avoiding a very personal connection, one that you used to share a lot of.

He maybe isn’t being truthful when spending time with you. He’s afraid to tell you how he truly feels, or reveal it to you when he looks into your eyes. It’s a pretty clear sign that maybe he doesn’t want you back.

2. He’s in a committed relationship

After a breakup, seeing other people is healthy. It helps to reestablish your own identity, and highlight that the person you were with isn’t the only type of person out there.

However, if your ex has been seeing someone regularly and is in a committed relationship with them, it’s a clear sign that he’s never coming back to you.

3. He returned your stuff

One of the things that makes a breakup so hard is realizing how much of your life you shared with him. Clothes, personal items, things like this inevitably get swapped when you’re in a relationship.

They’re reminders of the life that you used to share before you separated. If he tries to give you your stuff back, it’s a clear sign that he doesn’t want any reminders of you in his life anymore, and he’s ready to move on for good.

4. He suggests you move on

If your ex suggests that you move on, he’s trying to tell you that he’s never coming back.

It may be a hard pill to swallow or the last thing you want him to say, but it’s one of the biggest signs he won’t be back.

It’s hard, I know. But it takes time, so you need to have patience with yourself. 

You know why it can be difficult? Because your inner life compass is damaged. In other words, you’re not sure what you want to do with life anymore. 

And it makes sense, because you spent so much of your life with another human being that it’s hard to imagine your future without them in it.

The best thing to do now is to try and find yourself again — to reset that life compass.

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5. He doesn’t want to hang out

Maybe you and your ex gave each other space for a while, a month or two, and you think it’s time to try and spend a little time together. This is a normal desire and if the breakup was for the most part mutual, it can be healthy, too.

But if he never wants to hang out with you, it’s a good sign he’s not coming back. If he doesn’t want to spend any time with you, his interests likely lie elsewhere and he’s moving on from you.

He’s moving on from the relationship you had and never looking back.

6. He avoids your friends

It’s likely you shared a friend group before you started dating, or maybe you made friends together. In either case, if your ex is trying to avoid your friends or the friends you shared as a couple, he’s probably never coming back.

It’s a clear sign, especially if he’s avoiding a friend group you two shared while you were together. He’s moving on with his life and making sure you aren’t part of it.

7. He’s in a committed relationship

After a breakup, seeing other people is healthy. It helps to reestablish your own identity, and highlight that the person you were with isn’t the only type of person out there.

However, if your ex has been seeing someone regularly and is in a committed relationship with them, it’s a clear sign that he’s never coming back to you.

8. He doesn’t make an effort

Maybe you’ve been trying to reach out to your ex to grab lunch and catch up. Maybe you’ve invited him to a few places, or have just been trying to text him to keep some form of communication open between the two of you.

If you are the only one doing this, it’s likely he’s never coming back.

Ask yourself, is he showing any signs of reciprocation? If he’s not making an effort, he’s showing no signs that he’s interested in re-establishing a relationship with you.

If you see that he’s not making an effort anymore but can’t quite figure out why, that means there’s a problem in the relationship that you’re not seeing.

In that case, maybe this Self Love quiz can help. 

Created by renowned shaman Ruda Iande, this quiz asks you questions about the relationship — how your partner makes you feel and how you feel about them. 

By the end of it, you will see what went wrong and how to fix it. 

So if you want to know why he doesn’t make an effort anymore, maybe this quiz can help.

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9. He’s sleeping around

Seeing other people after a breakup can be a healthy and good thing to do. But if your ex is sleeping around with a lot of people, it’s a big sign that he’s not coming back.

If he’s sleeping around with other people, it’s a good indicator that he didn’t take the intimacy you shared very seriously, or it was never important to him in the first place.

In this case, he’s never coming back.

10. He chooses to spend time with other people

Reestablishing autonomy is a huge part of healing from a breakup.

But if your ex is consistently choosing to spend time with other people instead of you, or if he consistently flakes on you, this is a big sign he’s never coming back.

This behavior shows that you aren’t an important part of his life anymore. Having a romantic relationship with you again is the last thing on his list and the furthest thing from his mind.

11. He proposes friendship

Friendship between exes is a pretty common thing, especially if the breakup was mutual. But if friendship was your ex’s idea, he probably has zero interest in being romantic with you again.

If you really want your old relationship with him back, it’s up to you to decide if friendship would be healthy or if it would just be too difficult.

If he wants to be friends with you, it’s because he’s never coming back.

12. His body language is off

What’s your ex’s body language like when you’re with him? Does he show signs of interest? Or does he seem uncomfortable?

You’ll be able to tell almost immediately if his body language is off. Don’t ignore it in the hopes of having a relationship with him again.

If he twiddles his thumbs, seems nervous, breaks eye contact, or shies away from any of your gestures, it’s a big warning sign. He’s probably not interested in a relationship, and he’s not coming back.

13. He’s no longer there for you

When a man genuinely cares for a woman, she becomes his top priority.

He’ll keep you safe when you’re crossing a busy road. Check-in on you when you’re feeling sick. Or just put his arm around you when you feel vulnerable.

Little things, sure. But they indicate a genuine desire to protect you from harm and earn your respect.

If he no longer does these things for you, then this is a pretty obvious sign he’s not coming back.

14. He removes you from social media

The hard line of a breakup has been blurred by the connectivity of our world.

Even after a breakup, you still have a window into your ex’s life while you’re still connected on social media. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can end up being a sign your ex doesn’t want you back.

If he stops following you, it’s because he doesn’t want to be reminded of you anymore. If he blocks you from his social media, it’s an even stronger sign that he’s never coming back and it’s time to move on.

15. He never texts you back

Texting is one of those things that really doesn’t take much effort.

People are busy, forgetful, and it’s not unusual to forget to respond to someone. It’s okay if it takes a long time for someone to reply.

However, if your ex never finds the time to respond to your messages, it’s a worrying sign. If your texts always go unanswered and you’re always texting first, it’s time to move on.

He’s never coming back.

16. He’s unapologetic about why you broke up

If your ex’s behavior was the cause of the breakup, did he apologize?

If he never said sorry for what he did, it’s a pretty clear sign he doesn’t want you back. Showing remorse is a sign that he still cares about you and cares about your feelings.

If he doesn’t care about your feelings, he’s probably never coming back. If he’s not sorry for what he did to hurt you and your relationship, then it’s probably a good idea to move on anyway because he doesn’t deserve you.

Why do I have this feeling that he’s going to come back to me?

Relationships are full of intense feelings.

Strong love, strong devotion, loyalty, and a deep sense of attachment are all normal things to feel.

When that is taken away at the end of a relationship, it’s hard to find where those feelings should go; it’s hard to know how to feel about the person you broke up with.

After all, he may be pushing you away because he loves you, but he doesn’t know how to deal with those emotions.

Digesting these feelings and coping with the changes is different for everybody, so make sure to give yourself the time and space you need to heal.

A common feeling many people have after a breakup is the feeling that their ex is going to come back to them.

Why is that?

The common phrase “if you love something set it free. If it comes back it’s yours. If not, it was never meant to be,” has a lot of merit.

According to Psychology Today, giving somebody you love the freedom to choose is vital in a healthy relationship. When it comes to a breakup, the same principle applies.

In this case, giving your ex plenty of space away from the responsibility of a relationship gives them an opportunity. They have the ability to choose to come back to you. If they decide they want you again, it could end up with the two of you re-establishing a relationship.

Even if you saw one or two of the signs above, all is not lost. Here are the 5 clear cut five signs that he actually wants you back.

1. He makes sure you’re okay

If your ex checks in on you fairly regularly to see how you’re doing, it’s a good sign he still cares about you.

If he worries about you and wants to make sure you’re okay, he still has feelings about you.

2. He makes an effort to keep a connection

Most breakups lead to all communication ceasing and the connection being fully broken. If your ex makes an effort to try to keep a connection between you, it’s a sign he might want you back.

Again, it shows that he cares about you still, and wants you in his life in some capacity. There might be potential for him to take you back.

3. He respects your space

If it’s space that you need and one of the reasons you two broke up, and he respects that space, it’s a good thing.

While it may not be the biggest indicator that he wants you back, it is a strong indicator that he cares about your feelings and is able to respect your wishes. If you’re ready to try again, he’s demonstrated that he has the ability to respect you.

4. He talks about the times when you were dating

It’s pretty often in a breakup that the memories you shared are soured by bad blood. It’s hard to remember the good times through the grief. Maybe he doesn’t want to remember them at all so he could move on from you entirely.

But if he talks about memories of your relationship fondly, or brings them up from time to time, it’s a strong indicator that he still thinks about you a lot.

It’s a strong sign that he still has an interest in you and he might want you back.

5. He says he’s not ready to date again

There are a lot of personal factors that go into whether or not somebody resumes dating soon after a split. If your ex is hesitant to start dating again and expresses that to you, it’s probably because he still has feelings.

His feelings for you might still be too strong to think about other people. He might not want to be with anybody else besides you.

If you hear him say he’s not ready to date other girls, it’s a sign he might just want you back.

Summing it up

Life after a breakup can be a confusing and difficult time. Dealing with the loss and processing the life change takes time, and it takes healing.

Be patient with yourself.

Moving on and growing from the ashes of an ended relationship might just be the best thing to happen to you.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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