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Jeff Lewis Says He Is "Stepping Back" from His New Relationship Amid Custody Battle with Ex Gage Edward
“I got a lot of personal problems right now,” the Flipping Out designer shared.
Jeff Lewis is putting his new relationship on the back burner as he focuses on figuring out a custody arrangement for daughter Monroe with ex Gage Edward.
The Flipping Out designer revealed that he has been in a relationship with a man named Scott for the past three months during the June 20 episode of his Radio Andy show Jeff Lewis Live. However, he has decided to put their relationship on hold for the moment.
“I got a lot of personal problems right now,” Jeff shared on his radio show, as reported by PEOPLE. “This is a young, young relationship. We’re talking about three months. The last thing I want to do is burden him with my problems. I don’t want to sabotage this. I’m stepping back. There’s just too much going on right now.”
Jeff said that he believes this is what's best for his new man. “I don’t have time to date, it’s overwhelming. I’m trying to protect him. I like him. I don’t want this to be a burden on him," he explained. "You can imagine dating someone like this for three months, and you have my drama? You would run. This is too much for him. He’s a quiet guy from Portland, Oregon.”
Jeff, who noted Scott is "really sweet," said that the two are "not committed," and it sounds like he wants it to stay that way. “This is a guy who wants kids and a family and to get married,” Jeff said. “I told him that I don’t want to get married… and I also told him that I would never have another child with someone else. That’s not what you want to hear. You want to get married and you believe in the fairytale and you want to have kids together, and the guy you’re with says, ‘I’m never going to get married and the kids I have won’t be with you?' That could probably be a little bit of an issue.”
The Flipping Out exes both got back into the dating game not long after they decided to call it quits in January after being together for 10 years. Jeff later began seeing a chiropractor, but that relationship ended in March.
Jeff and Gage have recently hit some challenges in their post-split relationship. The two had a meeting with their lawyers earlier this month to discuss 50/50 custody of their 2-year-old daughter, as Jeff recalled on his radio show on June 18. However, the meeting did not go as planned with Jeff claiming that Gage “came in hot and it was really ugly.”
The meeting came about after Jeff said he had received a "very nasty" letter, allegedly from Gage's attorney, asking for 50/50 custody of Monroe that would allow him to see her three-and-a-half days per week. “Unfortunately, during breakups you see people for who they really are,” Jeff said. “The problem is, when you hurt each other this way, it’s very hard to get through it. Sometimes people do such terrible things and say such terrible things.”
Jeff said that he is only fighting for what he thinks is best for Monroe. “I don’t dispute his rights as her parent,” he said. “What I dispute is how we do it. She’s 2 and a half years old. This is her home. Ease her into it.”
Take a look back at Jeff and Gage over the years, below.