“He was very clear it’s not a date, and if I’m under the impression it’s a date that it probably shouldn’t happen,” Lewis explained of the meet-up, during a segment on his SiriusXM radio show Jeff Lewis Live on Friday. “So I said, ‘I get it. I get the boundaries here. This is platonic.'”
Lewis, 48, admits he kept joking around that he and Edward, who had been together for 10 years and share two-year-old daughter Monroe, were going on a date, but Edward, 33, insisted they were not.
The Flipping Out star revealed on the radio show on Jan 31. that Edward had left their family home and moved into a hotel. He later added that he’d rented an apartment. According to Lewis, the separation had been “a long time coming,” and they had been living in separate rooms in the same house for the better part of a year.
On Friday’s episode, Lewis also shared an exchange he says he had with his estranged partner.
“He said, ‘You have a lot of work to do on yourself . . . And I have a lot of work to do on myself.’ So progress! This is progress,” Lewis recounted.
Although their dinner plans are not be romantic, Lewis claimed this week that Edward went on a date of his own last weekend with a man he met at the gym some time ago.
“We’ve been getting along pretty well until I found out that he went out on a date on Saturday night,” the Flipping Out star said.
“I will not say his name, but just for today, we’re going to call him ‘home wrecker,’” Lewis said of the anonymous man. “Home wrecker, I think, has been in [Gage’s] ear for quite some long time. I think home wrecker has exploited quite a vulnerable situation. I think this person positioned himself as a gym buddy friend, and I think this person has set his sights on him for quite some time.”
Edward had no comment on the situation.
After learning of Edward’s supposed date, Lewis admits he, too, considered getting back in the game, and signed up for an online dating site.
“Because I was feeling down on myself on Sunday I said, ‘Maybe it’s time to start dating,’” Lewis said on his show Tuesday. “So I dabbled in the online dating world. And I met someone who was kind of interesting. We started talking, we exchanged pictures, and we started texting fast and furiously. That went on throughout the entire day.”
But Lewis says that flame burnt out quickly once he told the man he had a daughter.
The separation comes on the heels of a tumultuous year for the couple.
They are facing an ongoing lawsuit filed by Alexandra Trent, the surrogate who carried their daughter. Trent is suing the couple as well as Bravo and the show’s production company, Authentic Entertainment, claiming that the producers filmed her delivery without permission and that Edward and Lewis made “disgusting” remarks about her.
Trent is seeking damages for unlawful recording, invasion of privacy and fraud. Lewis has strongly refuted these claims, but the legal action is ongoing and will likely go to trial.
Lewis and his longtime friend and Flipping Out co-star Jenni Pulos also had a major falling out earlier in the year that ended their nearly 20-year personal and professional relationship. Lewis believes this fight may lead to the end of their Bravo series after 11 seasons.
Jeff Lewis Live airs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (11 a.m. ET) on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy (Ch. 102.)