A constant sort point in male-female relationships has to do with "the truth." To many men, truth is an absolute.
There's a joke circulating about this now - one of many. Here it is:
I hate to belabor the obvious on this one. It's a joke because we all know this.
A woman is standing nude looking in the bedroom mirror. She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, 'I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.'
He quickly replies, "Well you have perfect eyesight."
IF you don't have tact, and if you confuse "honesty" with "the truth", as if you owned the truth ... please take some EQ training.
If you are a kind and decent person and a person needs reassurance, give it. It's the higher path.
The "truth" is a relative thing, subject to one's subjectivity. Kindness matters more in human relationships.