Chrishell Stause has revealed that she considered quitting Selling Sunset amid her very public divorce from her ex husband This Is Us actor Justin Hartley.
The reality star and real estate agent, 40, has told how the ‘humiliating’ experience made her reassess her position as star on the show as she had to film while dealing with her heartbreak.
Chrishell and Justin’s split aired during series three and the star claimed she was ‘blindsided’ when her then-husband texted to say he had filed for divorce.
Tough: Chrishell Stause has revealed that she considered quitting Selling Sunset amid her very public divorce from her ex husband This Is Us actor Justin Hartley
Speaking on the on the Dear Media podcast Lipstick on the Rim, the star said she made the decision to continue with the show to further her real estate career.
She explained: ‘The divorce was the most public and humiliating thing you could ever go through. I still had to film a reality show, it was carry on with that or quit and I wanted this new career so I stayed in the end.
‘I pushed through and I just had to be open and I think that is better than pretending everything is ok.
‘Therapy is an amazing tool. I didn’t have much control over how it went down so I had to look after myself.
Difficult: The reality star and real estate agent, 40, has told how the ‘humiliating’ experience made her reassess her position as star on the show as she had to film while dealing with her heartbreak (pictured with Justin in 2019)
She also opened up about the ‘cathartic’ process of writing her new book Under Construction: Because Living My Best Life Took a Little Work.
Chrishell began working on the book at the start of the pandemic just before the coronavirus pandemic hit and told how she had changed as a person once it was over.
She said: ‘I was going through a lot of heavy things, we were locked down so there wasn’t anything to do. By the end of the book I was in such a better head space. You should always be working on yourself. I get a lot of people connect to what I write about and talk about. ‘
During the candid interview she also discussed being on Selling Sunset where she alluded to set up story lines and meetings.
Ouch: Chrishell and Justin’s split aired during series three and the star claimed she was ‘blindsided’ when her then-husband text to say he had filed for divorce
She said: ‘The show has been such a blessing but you are put in difficult situations and that you would never normally put yourself in but I have learned to deal with it because of all the good things the show has brought to me.
‘It’s got pros and cons but there are more pros. They are not necessarily the people or conversations I would be having but yeah. ‘
‘It was hard promoting the show when people don’t get on, but it looks like things are going in the right direction.’
The recently-released series five of the show followed Chrishell’s new relationship with brokerage owner Jason Oppenheim, who she eventually splits up with due to him not wanting children.
New love: Series five followed Chrishell’s new relationship with brokerage owner Jason Oppenheim, who she eventually splits up with due to him not wanting children
Now single again, she said about dating: ‘I am keeping an open mind. It is important when you’re happy in yourself and I’m not thinking about it too much. I have entered into a new era of my life now where I am so content.
‘The show has made it harder to date, I show up to a date and the person across the table knows all these things about me as my life has all been documented. Or it may be that people have seen the show and think ‘oh I know who you would be good for’.
On the show Chrishell admitted her relationship with Jason is the first time she had ‘felt fully like herself’ with another person, making an unsubtle jibe at her ex-husband Justin, who she split from in 2019.
The actress made the admission in the first episode of the new series, before her sister Shonda admitted she felt that Justin was ‘disrespectful’ to her during their marriage and she would sometimes ‘cover’ for him.
During a chat with her friend and colleague Mary Fitzgerald while away in Greece on a group trip, Chrishell is seen discussing her new relationship.
While sipping on cocktails with their legs dangling in the pool, Chrishell says: I feel like it’s the first time I’ve really been my full self and I don’t have to change anything.
‘It’s kind of nice to just kind of be ourselves instead of hiding everything. We just wanted to figure out what it was before we opened it up to everyone else’s opinions on it.
‘It’s like backwards of any relationship I’ve ever been in. I’ve just been myself because of the way it started and it was nothing romantic. We didn’t see each other that way for a long time. ‘
Having her say: On series five Chrishell admitted her relationship with Jason is the first time she had ‘felt fully like herself’ with another person, making a subtle jibe at Jaosn
Chrishell touched on a time when she hired a private chef to cook a meal and ushered him away before her date arrived. Suggesting she would rely on false pretenses before enjoying an honest relationship with Jason.
The reality personality did not mention the name of the person she hired a private chef for.
Chrishell then continued: ‘You know, he had a type before, so did I. I loved … I had a height thing, I’ll be honest! I didn’t even see him like that.
‘It’s so funny, it’s so opposite of what I would’ve imagined. Just like the ultimate respect from both sides for each other, that is just something I’ve never had before, ‘she adds as Mary nods beside her.’
Sad: Chrishell’s sister Shonda admitted she felt that Justin was ‘disrespectful’ to her during their marriage and she would sometimes ‘cover’ for him, in dramatic series five scenes
Bookending the series with another chat about her ex-husband, Chrishell once again threw shade at the actor during a chat with her sisters on the series finale.
Shonda, who was also joined by another of their sisters Sabrina, admitted: ‘I feel like with your last relationship, there was some criticism. A lot of what you did, I don’t think that he took you seriously.
‘A lot of your jobs, he acted like they weren’t real jobs. And this was your life. This was your job. You worked so hard for it. ‘
Sabrina added: ‘There are just some instances in the past where it felt like you were covering for your partner at the time. Maybe they were doing something that was a little disrespectful and you were, like, standing up for them and trying to cover for them and it was just so sad that you felt like you had to kind of pretend to be something else. ‘
Chrishell agreed with her sisters, and added: ‘I don’t even, like, think about this anymore. But the second that you, like, my memory hits of what you’re talking about, I’m like, ‘Who was I?’ I don’t even know who that was. ‘
‘And I really do respect and value your opinions. You know, I feel like I’m in a place where I’m so much different and I’m so much more grown than I was and I’m a fully realized person at this point.
‘Not a version of what I think somebody wants me to be.
Since their divorce, Justin went public with and later married Sofia Pernas, 32, in March 2021. Chrishell’s relationship with Jason came to an end in December 2021.
Moving on: Since their divorce, Justin went public with and later married Sofia Pernas, 32, in March 2021. Chrishell’s relationship with Jason came to an end in December 2021