It’s over. After less than a year of relationship and almost fifteen years of friendship, Chelsea handler and Jo Koy gave it up.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that we have mutually decided that it is best for us to take a break from our relationship now,” the 47-year-old Handler wrote via Instagram on Monday, July 18, alongside a video the comedian planned to post for the couple’s upcoming one-year anniversary.
That Chelsea The host continued, “I know many of you have invested in our love and I wanted to tell you how much it means to both of us. How much else does it mean. And how much I now believe in love for each of us.”
The New Jersey native wrote an open letter to Koy, 45, expressing how much their relationship had changed her. “You blasted my creativity, my desire to work hard again, to be on the road again, and you reminded me of who I was and always have been, and my feet have never been so planted on the ground,” she gushed her former partner, adding that the Washington native changed her “life forever.”
The TV personality ended her touching tribute by urging people to keep “supporting us both,” adding, “This isn’t an end, it’s a new beginning. It is a comfort to know that I am still in love and love this man as the sun loves the moon and the moon loves the sun.”
Handler and Koy began dating in September 2021 — fifteen years after they first met.
During an October 2021 episode of her “Dear Chelsea” podcast, Handler admitted that her feelings for Koy began nearly two decades earlier in 2007 while they were working on her late-night talk show chelsea lately, but she “suppressed” them.
“By the way, who gives as-t?” the are you there vodka it’s me author said. “Look where we are now. I probably would have ruined it if I’d had those feelings sooner.”
Handler revealed the two were combative collaborating because she wasn’t able to express how she really felt about the comedy writer.
“In hindsight, that was my version of flirting,” he said are you there actress tells E! news on the People’s Choice Awards red carpet in December 2021. “I think I was so out of touch with my own emotions that that was my currency.”
In November 2021 the Girls misbehave alum revealed that finding love with the Mixed Platter: Chronicles of an All-American Combo The author made them believe that it was possible to find “The One”.
“For anyone still searching for who you are, don’t conform to who you are or shrink to find them. Be patient and never settle for less than you deserve,” Handler wrote via Instagram at the time. “Your persona comes and sometimes — it’s been in front of you all along.”
Before her relationship with Koy, Handler dated a TV executive Ted Harbert from 2006 to 2010. She moved on André Balazs in 2011, but the couple called it quits two years later. Handler has also been associated with rappers 50 cents in 2010. For his part, Koy shares son Joseph Herbert Jr. with his ex-wife Angie King.