My therapist said 8-12 months, just fyi."I need time and space" or "I need to work on myself" are just catch phrases to cover for a low self-esteem and often depression in the relationship. Right now he sees you as causing his problems, because that way he doesn't need to take responsibility for his emotions, and so he pushes you away to fix himself.
There's not really anything you can do to change his mind, but what has work wonders for others is to agree, pull away, and act happy. The better off you are the more he'll want to be around you.
Around 2-3 months on average of NO CONTACT.
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