This metaphor perfectly nails the way children are so eager to believe the lies of alienating parents. They miss their absent parent, giving the alienator the perfect opportunity to feed them full of lies to fill the void, and the child eventually begins
Never go back! And if what broke you tries reaching out to you again, ignore them. A valuable lesson for everyone to know. If they broke you to begin with then he didn't love to fight and be better for both of you.