Jo Koy and Chelsea Handler ended their relationship in 2022, just 11 months after they started dating. In a recent interview, the comedian discussed the reasons behind the couple’s separation which they announced had ended in July 2022. The status of their friendship following their breakup was recently discussed by Handler. Chelsea explained where Jo and her are at this point following their split while appearing on Brooke Shields’ Now What? podcast.
She referred to the same subject and stated, “I mean, there has to be some accountability, you know what I mean? Like, from him about what happened, because it was just ridiculous. I don’t think we can have a friendship.” Fans were devastated to learn of Handler and Koy’s breakup, but the comedian has now opened up about the specifics of what went wrong.
She explained the reason why their relationship fell apart after only eleven months of dating on Brooke Shields’ podcast, saying, “There was just some behaviours that we couldn’t agree on. And it felt to me like I would have to abandon myself, which maybe I would have been OK to do if I were 20 or 25. But I wasn’t willing to do that.” She further added, “I was like, ‘I’m not going to change the way that I behave in order to make you feel more comfortable. I’m not doing that.” Chelsea acknowledged that she saw it as a “forever relationship” as well.
Handler and Koy’s Relationship Timeline
Between 2007 and 2014, the comedians frequently collaborated on Handler’s late-night show Chelsea Lately after being allegedly introduced by Lovitz. Jo was a guest on multiple episodes of the show. During that period, the two appeared to develop a close connection. Due of their social media habits, Handler and Koy started to generate relationship rumours in 2021. Many fans conjectured that Chelsea and Koy were dating after Chelsea frequently appeared in Koy’s Instagram videos. Jo also discussed spending time with her and referred to it as “total pandemonium” in one of their movies together. Koy had also shared a video of their joint shopping trip, which helped to confirm the dating rumours.
The couple discussed their relationship’s beginnings in their interview with The Hollywood Reporter, with Koy saying that Chelsea initiated contact initially. Koy revealed that Handler initiated contact in August 2021. He spoke, “She basically asked me to kiss her. I said, ‘I think you have a crush on me, and if you do, you should do something about it and see what happens.'”
In September 2021, Chelsea and Jo made their relationship Instagram official. Handler posted two images of the couple, one of them showing them in a cuddly stance with her arm around Koy’s shoulder and the other showing them sharing a tender kiss. “He’s on tour, I’m on tour, and sometimes we tour together,” she said in the post. Later, Jo and Chelsea talked about their friendship on Chelsea’s podcast. She said, “I was just not in touch with myself to understand, I knew I liked talking with you and having you in my life because you’re positive and upbeat.”