Jason Oppenheim has spoken out on his ‘difficult’ split from his Selling Sunset co-star Chrishell Stause.
The real estate broker shocked fans when he and Chrishell announced they were dating last year, only for them to split less than a year after embarking on the romance.
Season 5 of their Netflix show, which started streaming last week, sees the relationship and break up play out, with Jason admitting it’s been painful to relive the time.
It was love: Jason Oppenheim has spoken out on his ‘difficult’ split from his Selling Sunset co-star Chrishell Stause as their relationship and break up play out on season 5 of the show
The couple broke up in December when Jason, 45, told Chrishell, 40 that he doesn’t want kids, with the split happening just five months after they went public with the romance.
Speaking to New! Magazine in the UK, Jason admitted he was apprehensive about watching the new series of Selling Sunset as there is so much focus on him and his now-ex.
‘My excitement is tempered by the fact I don’t want to relieve the most difficult loss I’ve ever had to deal with,’ he admitted.
‘I’m still working through a lot of emotion and pain and sadness. I think that could take a while.’
Split: The real estate broker shocked fans when he and Chrishell announced they were dating last year, only for them to split less than a year after embarking on the romance
Hitting back at claims the relationship was a showmance to drum up interest in the show, Jason insisted: ‘I was completely in love and still love her. That was the most real relationship I’ve ever had. I will always have unbelievable love and respect for Chrishell. I hold her in the highest regard.’
The newly single star admitted that he is constantly bombarded by sexts but he isn’t in the right headspace to move on from Chrishell.
‘I’m not looking to start another relationship. I’m not in the right headspace for that right now. I’m still reeling from the break-up, one thing at a time,’ the broker explained.
Some Selling Sunset viewers have branded Jason a ‘time waster’ for dating his co-star for months before realising that he didn’t want to start a family with her.
Fans have pointed out that he shouldn’t have supported her with freezing her eggs or gone with her to fertility appointments if he was eventually going to change his mind.
Upset: The couple broke up in December when Jason, 45, told Chrishell, 40 that he doesn’t want kids, with the split happening just five months after they went public with the romance
During past series of the show and at the start of this season Chrishell made no secret of the fact that she wanted to start a family and how she was worried her time was running out to have kids as she had just turned 40.
One said on Twitter about Jason’s behaviour: ‘I don’t like Chrishell, but Jason is an a**hole for that relationship. He knew he was never going to change his mind, and he let her fall in love with him knowing what she wanted. He’s the true villain of the season!’
Another said: ‘So lets get this straight, Jason went on tv and said that he wants a baby with Chrishell, told her to fertilize her eggs, took her to the doctors, talked about how he is reconsidering having kids only for them to break up because he doesn’t want kids?’
A third wrote: ‘Jason is like 50 years old if you don’t want kids just say that why is he putting Chrishell through it! #SellingSunset.’
Reaction: Fans have pointed out that Jason shouldn’t have supported Chrishell with freezing her eggs or gone with her to fertility appointments if he was going to change his mind
Someone else said: ‘It annoys me how much Jason messed with Chrishell’s head bc he made so many comments about a future w her, literally went through the whole process of getting embryos implanted or whatever just to decide he doesn’t want a baby after all. Wasted her time!’
Others pointed out that Chrishell was right to end the relationship if he wasn’t going to give her what he wanted.
One wrote: ‘Some of y’all are so dumb making fun of Chrishell for breaking up with Jason cause he doesn’t want a kid, when this is a MAJOR reason to do so. Why would you stay with someone who doesn’t see the same future as you, are y’all that dense?’
It comes after Jason said of the split last week: ‘I think that I made the right decision for myself, but also I think it’s just extremely difficult.’
Not happy: One wrote in reaction: ‘Jason is like 50 years old if you don’t want kids just say that why is he putting Chrishell through it! #SellingSunset’
Jason’s friend Mary Fitzgerald recently weighed in on the split, admitting it ‘wasn’t fun.’
The reality star, 41, explained how she and her husband Romain Bonnet, 28, have been ‘trying to help both of them out’ and will ‘support them 100 per cent’.
Mary has now told The Mirror: ‘There were times during that initial period when they first broke up, it wasn’t fun to have to say, ‘Okay are we gonna have this group or this group?’ but they needed space for that short period of time.’
Brave: Others pointed out that Chrishell was right to end the relationship if he wasn’t going to give her what he wanted
‘And luckily both of them are very mature and they both understand that both of us being good friends to the other one, we’re not ever going to betray their trust.’
While she and her toyboy partner are still friends with both the exes, the realtor claimed they won’t ‘ever betray their trust’ due to their loyalty.
Romain added how ‘they knew it was better to stop it’ because of their ‘different visions of the future’.
He told the publication: ‘I think they wanted different things, they knew that they had different visions of the future so it was just better for both of them because they couldn’t give each other what they wanted.’
Exes: Chrishell shocked many when she confirmed in July 2021 that she started dating Jason, though the relationship ended just months later (pictured is Jason’s break up statement)
While her romantic relationship with Jason only lasted a few months, Chrishell still reunited with him and his twin brother Brett to wish them a happy 45th birthday.
The actress was spotted taking selfies with both of the founders of The Oppenheim Group, outside their office on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood last week.
She also took to her Instagram story to share a brief video of her with the birthday boys, and some of their fans gathered outside their office.
Stause also took to her Instagram story to share a video, where she stated, ‘Saying happy birthday to the guys,’ while turning the camera on the Oppenheim twins.
She added that they, ‘took a few photos’ while turning the camera to show a few fans waving to the camera.
‘It’s a popular day at The Oppenheim Group,’ she concluded, while fans are heard saying, ‘Happy birthday’ in the background.
Stause was married to This Is Us star Justin Hartley for just over two years before Hartley filed for divorce due to irreconcilable differences.
She confirmed in July 2021 that she started dating Jason, though the relationship ended in December 2021.
Selling Sunset season 5 is now streaming on Netflix.
Popular: Selling Sunset season 5 is now streaming on Netflix