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In news that probably won’t surprise anyone Sunset sale fans, Chrishell Stause and Jason Oppenheim have officially split, People magazine reports. The announcement comes about five months after Stause confirmed their romance in an Instagram post titled “The JLo Effect,” a statement that still puzzles me.
As you may remember, the relationship seemed to come out of nowhere. Oppenheim – one of identical twins who owns Oppenheim Group Real Estate, which the show follows – had a “pretty much non-existent” love life before Stause. In July, Oppenheim said Us weekly that the two had developed an “incredible relationship”. Just four weeks ago, Stause appeared in an interview with Additional television, where she said of her and Jason’s relationship, “This is love.” So what happened? I guess we’ll have to tune into season five to find out.
Even though the Stause-Oppenheim romance is over in real life, it has yet to take place on the show. Although he was teased at the end of season four, so far we’ve only seen their relationship unfold on social media outbursts: Photos of the two kissing in front of the Trevi Fountain, a photo of Stause awkwardly standing in the middle of a bunch of potted roses Oppenheim gave her, and another photo of the couple volunteering in a homeless kitchen on Thanksgiving.
Previously, Oppenheim dated Sell sunt co-star and real estate agent Mary Fitzgerald, with whom he shares two dogs (he writes poetry for them). In season four, Stause – whose extremely public divorce from Justin Hartley was the center of the series – was just returning to the dating world.
Earlier this month at the People’s Choice Awards, Laverne Cox told Stause fans were excited to see how his relationship with Oppenheim was going.
“Girl, what happened, how did this romance go – are we going to figure out how you got together?” Cox asked. “Are you madly in love?”
Stause replied that she liked Jason very much. “Things don’t have to be perfect, because I feel like the love and respect will always be there, so I don’t know what’s going to happen and I just feel like that it’s the fear of being on a reality show, but he’s my best friend and always will be no matter what, “she added.
Looking back, it certainly sounds like a spoiler alert. Still, I can’t wait to watch the brief romance unfold onscreen, if only to have a plotline that doesn’t involve everyone getting stronger with Christine. Cue the bad bitch, breaking music generated by AI.