DEAR DEIDRE: SECRETLY I was saving up to buy an engagement ring for my girlfriend but she has just split up with me, saying she needs space.

She always wanted to get married and have kids.

I never thought I did but being with her has gradually changed my mind.

I am 34, she is 30 and we had been together for four years. She broke up with me over the phone.

I tried to explain that I have changed and want to commit to family life but she still said she needs space.

Should I try harder to show her that she means the world to me?

DEIDRE SAYS: If you love her enough to marry her, 100 per cent you should tell her how your love for her has altered your views on marriage and babies.

Spell out that you want the chance to build a future with her and explain about the ring.

If she still says no, at least you will know you tried your best.

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