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Why Would An Ex Boyfriend Want To Meet Up?

It happened. You never thought it would, but it did.

Your ex boyfriend reached out to you and he wants to meet up.

You’re excited, but also hesitant. He took your heart, threw it to the ground, stomped on it, and then took a sledgehammer to crush the remaining pieces to dust. Why would he want to meet up?

Well, there is the obvious – you have things you need to exchange, or other business that needs to be tied up. But what if that stuff has already been taken care of? Why would an ex want to meet up?

Let’s explore some possible reasons!

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He misses you

Honestly, this is probably the most likely.

If your ex wants to meet up to “catch up” it’s likely that he has felt an emptiness in his life since you exited it, and simply wants to meet up to see you, talk with you, be with you.

You are in a prime position if this is the case. Missing you is the first step to getting him back.

I know how stressful the first meet up can be. I basically had a panic attack on the way to mine and had to do some breathing exercises with my head between my knees to keep myself from hyperventilating. The most important thing to remember is that you have the power. He asked to meet up with you, which means that you hold all the cards going into this meeting.

So go in there, and crush it.

He wants to flaunt his new life without you

It’s a sad but true fact that there are winners and losers in break ups – or at least, that’s how both parties perceive it. The winner takes the breakup and uses it as a tool to make themselves and their life better. The loser is stuck in a rut, having a hard time moving on.

One of my favorite examples of this is in season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In As You Were, Buffy’s second boyfriend, Riley Finn, returns to Sunnydale on a mission and recruits Buffy. On the way to catch and kill the demon, they have the following exchange in the car:

Riley: I hear ya. Got some, uh, big stories to tell you, too, if we even get half a second.

Buffy: Did you die?

Riley: No.

Buffy: I’m gonna win.

Humorous, sure, but the point still stands that whoever accomplished the most or has the best story (like dying) over the course of the breakup automatically “wins” the breakup.

The person who does the dumping is usually in a better place to be the winner, because they saw the opportunity for change coming well in advance. The person who was blindsided by the breakup usually has a harder time recovering.

It’s possible that your ex thinks that they are the winner of the breakup. Maybe they have a new woman they are dating (or maybe they got married, like Riley), maybe they got a new job, or lost a lot of weight/built up a lot of muscle.

This is why it is absolutely imperative that you utilize No Contact appropriately and are the best Ungettable Girl you can be at the time of the meet up. We’ll go into more detail on how to conduct yourself when you finally do meet up later in this article.

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He is curious about you

This is kind of tied to the above, but also not. Sure, maybe he wants to compare where you are at, but maybe he also wants to know if you’re seeing anyone else.

My ex was certainly curious about that. He asked me about it point blank not even an hour into our first meet up. I was casual, said that I was “talking” to some people, but nothing serious. He seemed relieved to hear that. I did not ask the same question back to him, because Ungettable Girls don’t care who their ex boyfriend may or may not be seeing.

As much as a guy may want to breakup, he wants to know that it impacts you in some way. He wants to see evidence of the hole he left in your life. He may not want to be with you, but he wants to know that you want to be with him.

Human beings are messed up like that. We girls are guilty of it, too.

Okay, so it’s possible that your ex wants to meet up because they want the ego boost of seeing how desolate and alone you are, and how empty your life is without them.

So imagine the shock that they will have when you walk is looking absolutely amazing, and regale him with how fantastic your life without him is.

He will be stunned.

And your success will only succeed in making him want you more.

He wants to gauge how you feel about him

This is kinda-sorta related to the above points, but in a more serious way. It could be that your ex has realized what an idiot he is for letting a woman like you go, and wants to gauge where you are at in regards to your feelings about him.

This meeting could be a test run, of sorts, to see if the two of you mesh as well as you used to, to see if you’re seeing anyone new, and to gauge how interested you are in rekindling a relationship with him.

Now, there’s not really an easy way to tell if this is the case going in (unless he is super direct and says it – unlikely), and he’ll likely keep his cards close to his chest through the meeting. You may get subtle hints though: reminiscing about your past relationship, commenting on how good you look, and how well you’re doing, admitting and owning up to past mistakes are a couple of prime examples.

You can’t really know if this is his mindset going in, so the best thing to do is get into total Ungettable Girl mode and blow his mind with how fantastic you look, and how great your life is going.

Again, if he already wants you back, seeing how stunning and successful you are will only solidify his feelings that he made a mistake in letting you go.

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The meet up

Chris has a great article about what you should do when the time comes to meet up with your ex, and it is covered in detail in Ex Boyfriend Recovery Pro, so I definitely recommend you check that out.

My advice, though, is to remain as collected and confident as possible through the meeting. Keep your emotions in check, and don’t let your ex know where your mind is at any time. Mystery is a wonderful tool that you can use, and it will drive you crazy.

I should mention that if you are in No Contact that you should absolutely, under no circumstances break it to meet up with your ex. Remember, the only reason that you should break No Contact is if he says the words “I want to get back together.” (Unless, of course, your situation falls into one of the “Limited No Contact” categories).

So it’s time to meet up. I would say that the main points to keep in mind fall under two umbrellas: Physical and Mental. These tips include a mix of what I’ve learned from Ex Boyfriend Recovery, advice from the facebook group, and my own personal insights.


Physical tips for the meet up include:

  • Wear red – Ex Boyfriend Recovery Pro mentions that red is a great attention-getting color. It exudes sex and confidence. Wearing red will draw all of the attention to you, and hopefully will also make you feel more confident.
  • Wear something flattering and that you feel good in – It is important that you feel confident going in. So if you’re not a dress girl, go with pants and a flattering top. Just be sure what you wear isn’t over the top. The key to successful jealousy is that it is subtle.
  • Smell great – Smell is the most powerful scent when it comes to memory. If there was a scent you wore when you were dating your ex that he liked a lot, be sure to spritz some of it on before leaving the house. He may not realize it, but when he smells it, positive memories related to the scent will come rushing back into his mind.
  • Good, confident posture – I have awful posture and it makes me look less confident than I am. Try to work on your posture before you enter the venue where you are meeting your ex, and remind yourself periodically thorough the meeting. I’ve found a good tool for this is to listen to some music that makes you feel powerful as you head to the meetup. I recommend “Red High Heels” – the lyrics “I’m about to show you just how missing me feels” put me in exactly the right, confident mindset for the meeting with my ex.
  • Don’t overdo the makeup or hair too much from what you would normally do – As stated above, successful jealousy is subtle. You don’t want him to know what you’re doing. You want your Ungettable Girl qualities to come off as absolutely effortless. If you tend to wear natural makeup, don’t go overboard for the meetup. You don’t want to look like a totally different person from the girl he dated – just a slightly improved version.


Mental/Emotional tips for the meet up include:

  • Confidence – Listen to music to help you get into the confident, Ungettable Girl mindset. It is very important that you come off as confident and collected. What breakup? Oh that? That’s old news – SO three weeks ago.
  • Don’t go overboard using the jealousy tool – It’s easy to slip into trying to make your ex jealous by talking about all the people you’re seeing and how in demand you are. Trust me, my ex falls into it every time we hang out, and it’s hilarious to watch the look on his face when I change the subject, totally unfazed. Subtle jealousy is okay, but don’t go overboard – remember, you’re just living your life for you, not to make him think or feel anything.
  • Keep your emotions in check – It’s possible that your ex may something that upsets you. If this happens, keep the smile plastered on your face and breathe steadily. He must not see you lose your cool. If the conversation starts going in a direction that you don’t want it to go in, or that upsets you, excuse yourself to the bathroom and when you come back, reset the conversations. It is also important to not drink too much, so that you have total control.
  • Keep the meeting short – The key to the first meet up is to leave him wanting more. Leave the meeting on a high note, and then bolt. If you leave him with positive emotions, he’ll be thinking of you nonstop and will want to set a date for another meeting sooner rather than later.
  • Know that he wants you – More than anything the key to a successful meet up is to have in the back of your head at all times that your ex is desperate for you. Ingrain in into your being so that it is not even a question. Write out a mantra for yourself and repeat it in your head whenever you feel your confidence waver.

My final tip is this: After every meet up with my ex, I write down all the details I can remember as soon as I leave (which I then post to the private support group for my friend’s opinions). Writing down the details when they are fresh help, because then you can go back and dissect the behavior of both you and your ex, and get a sense of where his mind is.

“You are a hell of a woman”

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter why your ex boyfriend wants to meet up with you, what matters is what you do once you get there. His reasons likely are one of the above, if not a mixture. If you’ve implemented No Contact correctly, and are feeling like the best Ungettable Girl you can be, go for the meetup, and blow him away with your accomplishments.

In the same episode of Buffy, after killing the demon, Riley and Buffy are discussing where she is at in her life and how she is unhappy with it (to be fair, the girl just came back from the dead – give her a break).

And Riley says to her something to her that is true about life and breakups, and it’s exactly the right mentality to have when considering meeting up with your ex:

“And so you’re not in the greatest place right now […] The wheel never stops turning, Buffy. You’re up, you’re down… It doesn’t change what you are. You are a hell of a woman.”

Know it. Live it. Be it.


Written by EBR Teamate

Chris Seiter

13 responses to “Why Would An Ex Boyfriend Want To Meet Up?”

  1. ginnygenie says:

    Hi amor, I just recently broke up with my ex less than two months ago. We dated for eight months and everything was sweet at first although there’s a few fights here and there. In the end, he ended the relationship although I tried to talk it through with him, telling him we can work on it together. Still, he said no. He told me he doesn’t know how to love anymore and wants to be single. He sent me up to my house and we hugged for quite some time and I kissed him for the last time. He was in tears. Ever since we broke up our texts became lesser and he was not as enthusiastic in replying me as before. Sometimes he don’t even reply or reply very slowly and starts to like some relationship posts on facebook that not keeping someone who is not worth it blah blah blah but he still stalks my instagram story every time. He asked me out after breaking up less than a week. I asked him what was his purpose he said lets go out as a friend. So I tried the NC rule until on the 11th day I was in needed of help and he was there for me and actually went all the way just to help me. I wasn’t sure he was just being polite or what and we catch up with each other through text for 2 days and he went missing on me again.

    • EBR Team Member: Amor says:

      Hi Ginny,
      Restart nc.. Stick to at least 30 days
      Be active in improving yourself during and after nc while slowly building rapport

    • ginnygenie says:

      Hi Amor,
      Thanks for replying me! Howver, he starts talking to me for the past few days again and we’ve been texting everyday since then just that he’s slow to replying sometimes. Do you suggest I ignore him and starts NC again? :/

    • EBR Team Member: Amor says:

      Yup..tell him being friends for now is not workable for you and thank him for everything and then restart nc

  2. Jess says:

    Hi my ex broke up with me in April it was a 4 months relationship. His reason was no deep emotions and spark with me after we went away for a short trip together. Also during the trip he felt there were too much emotional ups and downs when I asked him questions. Because I noticed things he said was not adding up and he hid all of his tagged photo in Instagram after I tagged him in one our dinner photo (just food not our face) he is 46 and I’m 33. He seem to dismiss women in their 40s base on shallow reason so that made me insecure about his intention with me and asked why he dislike women his age and his answer was evasive and made me feel even more untrusting towards him.

    2 days After the break up I sent him one email to express regrets and that I’m going to see psychologist for trust issues and wish we met at different timing.

    He responded that he likes me and we could have continued a comfortable relationship but deep down he knows it’s not gonna be forever. He said I’m a really attractive young woman who is full of energy, passion and integrity and he really wants me to take good care of myself. I replied to thank him for his honesty and that he inspired me to go to therapy and he hasn’t replied.

    Since then he view all of my Instagram stories he even got his best friend to view it sometimes. He also like each and every post of mine.

    I’ve been returning likes as usual but haven’t contacted him. After one month I reached out to ask him advise to break the ice. Then validate him by agreeing and praising him. However when I switch to personal topics like how you been? How’s your trip? If he is still surfing? He would ignore me.

    I tried this couple of times over a month. Then I stopped viewing his stories 3 weeks ago even when he viewed mind. After that he stopped posting stories. He also stopped posting photos for 2 months. All he does is liking my photos but doesn’t want to talk. He also seem to be using Instagram as his hunting place he is following lots of girls my age or younger who are local, they are not models just girls with small follower pools. He would try to get their attention by routinely liking their photos. None of them follows him back and he eventually unfollowed some.

    I have also temporarily disabled my Instagram for 3 weeks. I’m not sure when will I activate it again. Reason I’m doing this is because him not wanting to talk but liking eveything is really annoying. Also it gives him the permission to look into my life without talking.

    Why is he doing this? Also why he stopped posting stories just because I stopped viewing? Also him stopped posting photos for 2 months is unlike him.

    How should I move forward from here? If I send him another ice breaker doesn’t seem like it’s going to work?


    • EBR Team Member: Amor says:

      Hi Jess,

      Restart the count of nc, don’t like his posts if he does again be active in improving yourself and go back in being active in posting too.. Maybe he’s just posting before as a nod back to your posts for attention to feel validated

    • Jess says:

      Thanks Amber. Already half way to NC. Yes he does need lots of validation as he loves following local young women and keep on liking their post to get attention. He would unfollow them if they start posting pics of their boyfriends.

      He stopped logging into dating site for almost a month. Not sure if he found someone or he is just taking a break as it’s not giving the result he wants.

      This week he only follow girls but not liking their post. I will reactive my account when NC is completed right it just look like I deleted my account or been blocking him.

      Once I reactIvate my account and get back into posting, should I keep on ignoring his likes and don’t send him anymore messages? As he was cold before and only seem to be seeking attention? Thanks

    • EBR Team Member: Amor says:

      Dont react because nor reply because you’re still in nc

  3. sesilia says:

    I met my ex boyfriend last week and this week once because he asked me for help to fix his bracelet. so start to fixing and end up he asked me to make a new one for him. because I couldn’t refuse when someone ask for help (and he know this too) so I ended up make a new one for him. this Monday I asked to meet him just to check if the bracelet fits his srm or not. He looked so happy, he told me It’s the first time someone make a hand made stuff for him. and then he told me he will come back to his hometown end of the month. It’s ok, I can finish it before he comeback. he want it to wear it everyday. so I think at least our relationship not so akward anymore.he even joke around and ask me if I want him to bringme to his home town. which my replied was yeah I want to go because I need holiday. (meant to be a joke) but then he posted a photo on Instagram after 3 days and the caption said that he is very happy that he is going back to his hometown that he miss so much. but he will miss the summer festival here, but It’s ok since he don’t have girlfriend. he is really confusing me. he want to be friends or what? can u help me? thank you.

    • sesilia says:

      I forgot to mention he asked me to met him first and check the bracelet. the first time we met after a month his word are “why u use make up today?” i always wear make up so I feel weird. why he asked me that.

    • EBR Team Member: Amor says:

      He’s friendly but that doesn’t mean he wants to be back together

    • sesilia says:

      Hi, Amor thank you for reply.
      so what should I do to get him back?
      or I can’t get any hope to come back together?

    • EBR Team Member: Amor says:

      do you want to try the no contact rule? If yes, do at least 30 days.

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