15 reasons a Leo man pulls away (and what to do about it)

I know how frustrating it is when you start to fall in love and have that person suddenly pull away.

A few years ago I was dating a Leo and we’d been going out for about 6 months when suddenly he started to withdraw. Not only was I confused, but I was hurt by his actions and started to doubt myself.

I wish I had someone to help me out and tell me some of the reasons he was pulling away.

Luckily, you have me. I’m going to share with you what I learned from my experience – the 16 most common reasons a Leo man pulls away and what you can do to get him to come back.

Let’s jump right in:

1) He’s not ready for commitment

Leo men are all about being in charge.

They like being the head of the household and they like being the main source of income.

They thrive on power and control, which is why they often get really attached to the idea of being in a relationship with someone. They like the notion of being able to take care of someone, but they have a hard time letting go of their independence.

If he pulls away from you, it’s possible that he’s not ready to commit to you yet. It’s also possible that he’s not ready for you to be so deeply entrenched in his life.

My advice is to give him some time. Don’t pressure him, let him come to the retaliation that he wants to commit to you on his own.

And if after a significant amount of time he still isn’t ready to commit, then maybe he has serious commitment issues and you should start thinking about moving on.

2) You make him feel trapped

Like most men, Leo men live to feel free, so if you begin to make him feel trapped — if you begin to smother him — it’s possible that he will start to pull away from you.

If you notice that he’s becoming more distant from you, take note of what you’re doing and if it’s possible that you’re making him feel trapped.

You need to relax a little and let him go out with his friends and do his thing. Don’t force him to be with you 24/7, it’s not healthy for either of you.

In order for a relationship to be successful, you need to have other things in your life besides each other – activities, friends, work, hobbies…

Let him do his thing and you go and do something for yourself, trust me, it will do wonders for your relationship and he’ll most certainly stop pulling away.

3) He doesn’t feel emotionally connected to you yet

Leo men are very loyal and loving, but they’re not always so quick to open up and get emotionally committed,

If you’ve been seeing each other for a short period of time, he might need some space to breathe so that he can figure out whether he has feelings for you.

He could also be trying to give you some space so that you can figure out if you have feelings for him.

You see, for some people it’s easier than for others. Some people fall in love at first sight, others need to get to know the other person over a period of a few months in order to let their guards down.

My advice is to be patient. Be your lovely self and if it’s meant to be, he’ll get there soon enough.

4) He can sense that you want more from him than he’s ready to give

It’s possible that you begin to show him that you want more from him than he’s ready to give.

If you want him to be more involved in your life or you want him to meet your family members, friends, or co-workers, it’s possible that he feels that things are moving way too fast.

He might be afraid of becoming too involved in your life.

At this point in the relationship, he’s enjoying getting to know you. He doesn’t want to meet your family or introduce you to his, in his mind it’s way too soon.

Now, you may not think it’s too soon and you’re probably eager to introduce him to your loved ones and you may even be planning your wedding in your head – but try not to get ahead of yourself.

Take it slow, don’t scare him away like I scared my Leo away.

5) He’s testing to see if you’re the right woman for him

Leo men have high standards and they don’t let just any woman into their hearts.

If a Leo man has been seeing you for a while, but then he starts to pull away, he could be testing to see if you’re the right woman for him.

It’s possible that he’s trying to see how you react to him pulling away and to see if you’re capable of handling a more distant relationship with him.

6) He wants to be free and have his own independence

Leo men thrive on freedom, so if you start to smother him and make him feel trapped, it’s possible that he wants to be free again.

If you begin to put pressure on him to be with you all the time or if you begin to make him feel like he has to be with you, he might want to be free of your hold on him.

If you’ve been seeing a Leo man and he suddenly starts to pull away from you, try to understand why he’s doing it. If you’ve given him a reason to pull away, then it’s up to you to figure out how to change things so that he comes back to you.

I know that feeling of desperation where you’ll do anything to cling on to your man but in my experience, the more you cling, the more he’ll pull away. He needs to feel that he’s with you because he wants to be with you, not because you’ve guilted him into staying in a relationship with you.

7) He needs time to think

Maybe your Leo man just needs a little space and time to think about his feelings for you and whether he wants to get serious with you.

He might not be entirely sure about his feelings for you, and he might not want to end up leading you on.

If you’re really into him and want to date him, it’s important for you to not push the issue. He might just need some time to sort out his feelings.

8) He’s still processing his ex

I’ll admit, this one can be tricky.

There’s no “rule” that men have to get over their ex immediately after the breakup. In fact, it’s more common to take some time to process the breakup, especially if it was a messy breakup or if there were unresolved feelings between the two.

If your Leo man recently broke up with an ex, he might be feeling confused about his feelings and whether he wants to be with her again or not.

When a Leo man is in this state of mind, he might not be ready to be in a relationship or let another woman into his life. He might be feeling insecure and might want some time alone to process his feelings and figure out what he wants.

9) He wants to be sure that you’re not going to hurt him

Guys may act all tough but even they get insecure sometimes. Maybe your Leo man has had some bad luck in his past relationships and now he’s scared of getting hurt again.

If he’s started to fall in love with you, chances are he’s pulling away because he doesn’t want you to break his heart.

If you love this guy, you need to reassure him of your feelings and let him know that you’d never do anything to intentionally hurt him. You are both on this journey together and you’re taking as big a risk as he is.

10) He doesn’t find you as attractive as he thought

Well, attraction is a funny thing.

It’s often very strong in the beginning, only to fade away after a while.

Now, when you first met your Leo man, things might have been going well: he was probably thinking about how awesome and beautiful you are

But when the relationship progressed, he started to get “bored” with you because you were no longer new or exciting.

This doesn’t mean that he doesn’t like you anymore. It’s just that he’s become used to you – especially if you’ve been going out for a while – and is no longer as excited to see you anymore.

The attraction that was there in the beginning is no longer as strong.

To make things worse, he might be comparing you to other women that he sees who seem different and more exciting than you do

Don’t panic! This happens to a lot of men and women. There’s something exciting about being with someone new. But this doesn’t mean that he has to leave you for someone else.

What you need to do to keep him interested is spice things up a bit. Change your routine. Have a make-over. Try something new in the bedroom. Show him a side of yourself that he’s never seen before.

The bottom line is that if you want him to stop pulling away and feel attracted to you once again, you need to make him feel like he’s discovering something new about you – like there are parts of you that were hidden until now. This will excite him and have him wanting more.

11) He doesn’t see a future with you

Leo men are very big on the future and what they want to achieve in life. They’re often on a mission and they’re very focused on the things that matter to them.

Now, if he starts to pull away, maybe it’s because after getting to know you he doesn’t feel that you two are compatible and he doesn’t see a future with you.

It’s also possible that he’s worried that he’s not ready to have a child with you or start a family with you.

Or if he’s in his 40s or 50s and you’re in your 20s, it’s possible that he doesn’t see a future with you due to the age gap. It’s also possible that if he has children from a previous relationship, he might not be ready for you to be a part of their lives.

Whatever his reason may be, he just doesn’t think you’re the one for him.

12) He needs his own space

The thing about Leo men is that they need their own space.

If he feels like he’s being smothered by you and that you’re trying to control him or put him in a cage, he might want to pull away from you.

Some Leo men also like having their own space just so they can reflect, be alone, and do what they want without being bothered by a clingy partner.

I’d recommend some time apart. Take a trip with some friends or pretend you’re busy for a few days. Give him a chance to miss you.

Once he sees how lonely and boring life is without you, he’ll be eager to spend some quality time with you.

13) He doesn’t feel any chemistry

There’s a difference between physical chemistry and romantic chemistry.

Physical chemistry can develop when two people spend time together and “click” – i.e., they just have a natural chemistry between them.

Romantic chemistry, on the other hand, is when two people feel like they can connect on a deeper level and have a stronger, more intense connection.

When you first met your Leo man, there might have been a lot of physical chemistry between the two of you. But as time goes by and you spend more time together, there might not be as much chemistry as there was at first.

Your Leo man might feel like there’s no romantic chemistry between the two of you, and if he’s looking for a serious relationship, physical chemistry might not cut it.

I can’t guarantee anything, but you could try engaging with him on an emotional and intellectual level. Try doing some stuff together that he’s really into or read some of his favorite books and bring them up when you’re together.

In short: Try and see if you can find something to bond over that isn’t sex.

14) He has trust issues

Sometimes, certain people have trust issues and don’t allow other people in easily.

This could be because they’ve been hurt a lot in the past, or it could be a result of a few negative experiences.

Regardless of the cause, if your Leo man doesn’t trust you, it might be the reason he is pulling away from you.

There are two things you can do here:

  • First, show him that you are trustworthy and that you’ve got his back. He needs to know that you’re there for him no matter what.
  • Second, talk to him about his past. See if you can identify where his trust issues come from. Talking about it could help him deal with the problem and have more faith in you going forward.

15) You have different life goals

This is a classic sign of incompatibility, but it can also apply to different levels of interest between you and your Leo man.

It might be that you have a different idea of what you want out of life compared to what your Leo man does.

For example, when I was dating my Leo man, I was ready to settle down, get married, and have kids. He on the other hand wasn’t interested in marriage at all.

The thing is if you have very different life goals, it’s no wonder your Leo man is pulling away. In that case, you should also ask yourself if you really see a future with this man or if you’re wasting your time.

Final thoughts…

Relationships are never easy and when someone you care for suddenly starts to pull away, it can be a very confusing and disconcerting experience.

Leo men are known for being a bit of a challenge, but if you understand the reason for him pulling away, it will be much easier to get him back in your arms.

To reconnect with a Leo man, show him appreciation and make sure he feels valued. If he’s pulling away, he might need more attention or feel like he’s not being seen.

Talk openly about your feelings and give him some space to miss you. Keep things positive and plan fun activities together. Understanding and patience are key.

By respecting his independence and showing him love, you can bring him back closer to you.

Remember, a little understanding and care can go a long way in strengthening your relationship.

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