I’m not trying to belittle the importance of your past relationship or this article, but I think your ex was straight up lying.
I firmly believe that when somebody suggests dating others, for whatever reason, it means they already have somebody else in mind.
I was fed this line before, only to see her quickly jump to another dude. And yes, I’ve used this line before.
Anyway this isn’t the point of the article.
Good on you Tiffany for going through this journey. Everything happens to create the best version of yourself. And mad props for working on yourself in China all the way too.