Comedians Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy are reinventing the way to announce a celebrity breakup.
Handler, 47, shared an Instagram video Monday night of the now ex-couple celebrating their first anniversary together early, while simultaneously breaking the news of their friendly split in the caption.
“It is with a heavy heart to announce that we have decided together that it is best for us to take a break from our relationship right now,” Handler wrote. “I know many of you were invested in our love, and I wanted to express to you how much that meant to both of us. How much it still means. And how much I now believe in love for each one of us.”
Handler, 51, continued to gush about Koy, writing that he “blew my heart open with love and because of him, my life experience has changed forever.”
“I have renewed my faith in men, in love, in being 100% who I am, and I’ve never been more optimistic for the future,” the former “Chelsea Lately” host added.
Koy addressed the split on his Instagram page with a photo of the two holding their dogs.
“Just want everyone to know that Chelsea and I will always remain great friends and will always have love for one another,” Koy wrote. “I’m her biggest fan of her and I ca n’t wait for you all to see what she has in store for the future. Keep killing it Chelsea! Mahal kita!”
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Before the two started dating, Handler and Koy knew each other for nearly 20 years, Handler said in an October 2021 episode of her “Dear Chelsea” podcast.” Handler teased she may have had feelings for him when he regularly appeared as a guest on her late-night talk show, “Chelsea Lately.”
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Let’s take a look back at some of the pair’s sweetest relationship moments.
‘Solid night’ on a boat in Manhattan
Most recently, the two shared a photo from a lunch date on a boat in New York City. “If you’ve never had a loooooooong lunch on a boat in Manhattan while it’s docked, then you are missing out,” Handler wrote in June, alongside a photo of the two smiling with the city skyline behind them.
The couple ate oysters, made friends and Joy “did stand-up, while sitting down and entertaining the entire bar,” Handler wrote. “We stayed for hours and felt like we were in Hawaii and then hauled our asses over to Joe’s for some pizza to cap off our Manhattan night.”
A selfie and a ‘kiss goodnight’
Koy is the definition of “if he could, he would.”
In April, Koy posted a selfie of the two reuniting after Handler was in Kansas City and Koy was in Springfield, Missouri. When he finished his comedy show, Koy said he “drove down to kiss (Handler) goodnight.”
“I love my Chelsea,” he captioned the selfie.
Handler and Koy goof around in road rage PSA
In a comedic public service announcement posted in June, Handler and Koy criticize drivers who honk in the middle of traffic.
“Just because someone cuts you off. That’s just what happens in the middle of the day. You don’t need to freak out about it,” Handler said.
Now that the couple has called it quits, fans might miss the comedic videos the two posted goofing around and having fun with each other.
Date night at the award shows
The couple attended the 2022 Grammy Awards in April at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Hanlder wore a black off-shoulder dress with floral details and Koy kept it classic donning a navy blue suit.
In December, the two also attended the People’s Choice Awards together. The two looked chic in all black.
Cooking ‘Jewipino’ food together, fusing each other’s cultures
On Easter, the pair fused Koy’s Filipino heritage and Handler’s Jewish roots while filming a cooking video for social media. They dubbed it “Jewipino” food.
Handler and Koy cooked the Filipino egg roll called “lumpia” and replaced the usual meat it comes with by adding pastrami in honor of Handler’s culture. When they roll up the flour, Handler catches Koy off guard by licking her finger and touching the flour so it sticks. “It’s being bonded together by saliva,” Koy jokes.
Koy invites ‘strong, powerful’ Handler on stage
Before wrapping a comedy show in November, Koy brought Handler on stage and expressed his appreciation for her in front of his fans.
“Find yourself a strong, powerful and loving person to be in your life, and watch how bright your light will shine,” Koy captioned the Instagram video.
The pair at the last episode of ‘Chelsea Lately’
In honor of the season two premiere of her podcast, “Dear Chelsea,” Handler shared a photo of her and Koy at the last episode of “Chelsea Lately.” The talk show ran from 2007 to 2014.
“From the last episode of Chelsea Lately to today,” Handler wrote. “Age is a beautiful thing … We’ll let you decide whose story of how we fell in love is better,” Handler said.
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