This is devastating revelation to accept and deal with it. Rejection hurts beyond words and there’s nothing you can do about it in terms of changing their mind and believe me, you don’t want to try to change their mind. You might be able to “delay” them leaving by submitting to being their personal clown, but your tears of pain during this process will only smear the makeup off your face.
Your dance will cease when you realize that it’s no longer getting their attention. You must realize that your career as their clown is over! It;s time for you to set your efforts and resources towards “owning the circus”. It’s time to shift instead of being a performer for someone else, you now OWN everything under the tent.