Our expert says:
What you describe sounds a perfectly possible scenario, and he may well need and deserve the time and space to deal with what sounds like a serious and troubling family problem. And for him to decide that a sexual relattionship is more than he could handle at this stage, is believable, and probably wise for both of you. Maybe you should agree to being a friend ( if you want to ), and carry on with your life. By the time he has sorted things out in his life, either you'll still be available and will still want him as a friend, or you may be fully occupied elsewhere.
And to the second question, yes, it is possible, though probably not commonplace.
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