What does it really mean when an ex says "let's stay friends"? Ladies thoughts please??

When my ex ended our relationship she said let's stay friends. What does this really mean? I know in certain circumstances people who break up do remain friends e.g. a married couple with kids, those who are together very young and grow apart. Staying friends seems to me to be the exception rather than... show more When my ex ended our relationship she said let's stay friends. What does this really mean?

I know in certain circumstances people who break up do remain friends e.g. a married couple with kids, those who are together very young and grow apart.

Staying friends seems to me to be the exception rather than the rule though!?? My ex ended our relationship and said she wanted to stay friends?

Why do woment say that? Is part of it not wanting to let go consciously or sub-consciously??

How do I best respond to her suggestions of "friendship" if I really want her back?

I know that if I am needy she will pull away?
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