Don't be obsessed with what others think about you. In the end, their opinions don't matter.
First you're up, then you're down, and now it looks like you may be on an upswing again.
A partnership doesn't mean you're joined at the hip. You can do your own thing without divulging every detail. It keeps people guessing.
It's when you feel pulled in so many directions that you want to postpone making decisions.