And yes, he backs off when asked to, but he is still in her presence and thus hope remains. Especially since SHE keeps sending him such mixed messages.... The whole situation is unhealthy, and I suspect GL wishes us to see that. IMO. If I remember correctly and tell me if I am wrong, He is with her all the time because he is there to protect her after her assasination attempt. She sends him mixed messages because she herself is falling in love with him,she feels a strong attraction for him(if you read the book you should know).But, she tells him to back-off because she feels her duties come first and she has no time to waste on her personal life.I disagree the situation is not "Unhealthy", but, is "Healthy".What George Lucas wanted us to see is the relationship between anakin and padme,how it develops ,Anakin and Obi-Wan, Anakin and Palpatine. After all, we have to remember he is still a young boy who grew up without his mom,whom he missed terribly.A boy who has had a thing for padme since he was 9 yrs. old. He,at that age,found her beautiful and smart hence the phrase/question "Are you an angel"(when anankin first sees Padme).Padme, you could say, took the role of his protector,after he left Tatooine.So, he has a connection with her. He knew at that age he was going to marry her, he told her himself.When he saw her again,he did not want to loose her and obviously she was not the only thing he thought of in the last ten years, He also thought of his mother,and how much he missed her and loved her.I think Anakins relationship with Padme is one of beauty and based on love,respect.