Jeff Lewis and his partner, Gage Edward, are living in separate residences.
On Thursday’s episode of his Sirius XM radio show Jeff Lewis Live, the Flipping Out star revealed Edward moved out of their home and into a hotel on Wednesday.
In fact, prior to Gage’s move, the two — who dated for a decade and share 2-year-old daughter Monroe — were living in separate rooms for most of the year.
The Bravolebrity revealed:
“This has been a long time coming. We were in separate rooms a significant portion of last year, so it was kind of like a roommate situation.”
The 48-year-old added:
“I think the reason we hadn’t ripped the Band-Aid off and separated is because a) we had the baby and neither one of us want to leave the baby and then b) financially, it wasn’t the best time because I have four properties right now — three of which are in construction and one of which is sellable.”
When asked how the couple will handle custody of their daughter, the real estate speculator answered, “I don’t even want to go there,” though he did admit earlier in the program, “I’m now a single dad ’cause the baby is with me.”
Lewis also described their relationship as “friends with benefits,” though Edward allegedly found it “confusing.”
“We were like friends with benefits. We would still hook up, inconsistently… I was still encouraged, like, ‘There’s still something here… he’s still interested in me’… But there was a real lack of intimacy because he wasn’t in my room. So I actually felt very lonely and sad and disappointed.’”
Eventually, “that arrangement” didn’t work for Lewis, who asked Edward to leave.
“I said to him, ‘I want to be very clear, I’m not throwing you out. I’m not breaking up with you. I’m here. You need time and space to get perspective.’”
Now that they are currently not living together, Lewis hopes Edward finds “the clarity and perspective he needs,” explaining:
“There’s so much anger that he has lost sight of the good things. Every time we have one of these discussions, it’s so overwhelmingly negative. I have a very different perspective. Last year was hell, but I remember nine pretty solid years. We had some fun. So I said to him, ‘I encourage you to work through that resentment and focus on the positive things because there could be more to come.’”
“I’m hoping that the guy wakes up. I’m hoping that he sits in his hotel room, misses his family, starts focusing on the positive, and stops focusing on the negative. That’s what I’m really hoping.”
The couple’s baby was born via surrogate on October 25, 2016. For her sake, we hope they can make it work.
[Image via Jeff Lewis/Instagram.]
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