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Jeff Lewis Confirms That He and Gage Edward Have Officially Broken Up
Flipping Out's Jeff Lewis is ready "to move on" after separating from Gage Edward in January.
Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward's decade-long relationship has officially come to an end, the Flipping Out designer announced during the February 28 episode of his Radio Andy show Jeff Lewis Live, according to PEOPLE.
Jeff initially announced that he and Gage had separated during the January 31 episode of his radio show. Since then, he seemed to still have hope that he and Gage could one day get back together, often speaking about their relationship status as if it was a separation or a break.
However, Jeff said that he felt like it was time for him to "close" and "lock" the door on their relationship. “My boyfriend left me,” Jeff said on his radio show on February 28.
Though they no longer lived together after they decided to separate, Jeff and Gage still seemed to see each other frequently, whether it was to take care of their 2-year-old daughter Monroe or while continuing to work together at Jeff Lewis Design. But Jeff said he could no longer live like this. “I sat him down and I said, ‘Look, I need to move on now,’ because he’s moved on, because he’s dating the homewrecker,” Jeff said, referring to the man Gage began dating after their separation.
Jeff said that he has asked Gage to not work out of his home with the rest of the Jeff Lewis Design team but out of his own apartment or from job sites. He also said that he plans to make a schedule where each of them spend their own time with Monroe. “I don’t want to be your friend,” Jeff said he told Gage. “I don’t want to hang out with you. I don’t want to pretend like we’re some happy family anymore and go to breakfast or frozen yogurt together. I want to spend time with Monroe independent of you.”
Jeff has taken other measures to begin to move on, in addition to dipping his toe back into the dating game last month. “Last night, I took down all of his pictures, including the one where he was dressed as a clown, which is my favorite, because that reminds me of when he was fun,” he said.
He also followed the advice of his friend, actress Elisabeth Rohm, and wrote Gage's name on a 3x5 notecard and put it in the freezer. “That’s what you do. When you’re done, you’re done,” Jeff said. “You put that in the freezer. I put him right next to the vodka bottles.”
Now that his relationship with Gage is officially over, Jeff said he feels relieved. “I actually feel good," he shared, "I feel like I’m getting some closure.”
Jeff has previously taken responsibility for his relationship with Gage falling apart. "I am 90 percent responsible for why we're here. I emotionally abandoned him last year. I was a complete prick. I turned on him. I pushed him away. All I can tell you, it was my worst year. I experienced great loss," Jeff explained on his radio show in February, citing the end of his friendship with Jenni Pulos-Nassos and the passing of his grandmother Patty in September. "There was great loss, great loss, and I did not handle it well. And I self-destructed, I really did. I didn't even recognize myself, frankly. And so by the time that I tried to correct the situation, which wasn't until January 1 of this year, it was too late. That is the truth. I take responsibility."
Though Jeff has previously said that he doesn't "even want to go there" when it comes to thinking about a custody arrangement for Monroe, he previously promised on his radio show that he would never let his feelings about Gage affect his relationship with their daughter. "If there's bumps in the road, and there could be, and this could get a little contentious, I just want to vow that I will never use our baby as a weapon. And I thought about it this morning, if there is some judge that says, 'OK, Gage, you get the baby Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,' I am making a vow that even though some judge stipulates when he can see the baby, he can see the baby whenever he wants to see the baby. And I don't care what any judge says," Jeff shared. "He needs to know that, that he has 24-hour access."
Jeff doesn't plan on letting this breakup derail his plans of having another child in the future, either. He previously shared on his radio show in February that he hopes to "pursue having another child" within the next year. “I do want to have another child for Monroe. Not just for Monroe, but for me,” he said. “Because I always thought that I would never, ever do it if I didn’t have a partner. But I think I can. I need to hire a few more nannies.”