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Jonathan Scott 'Suffered Anguish & Heartache' during Divorce Yet Says It Helped Him Appreciate His New Love

Oyin Balogun
May 14, 2022
03:40 A.M.
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Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott's humble beginnings included money problems and a divorce that left him in anguish. It also shaped his view on love moving on. 


Jonathan and Drew Scott of the "Property Brothers" franchise are fine young men with a fortune and expertise that has taken them places. However, it wasn't always like this. 

While they have faced bankruptcy, Jonathan had a lingering heartbreak to deal with, among other issues in their humble beginnings for years. The TV star was married once, and the union birthed trauma after divorce.

Jonathan Scott at The Levi's Store in New York City on September 10, 2019 | Source: Getty Images



Jonathan Scott seems to have it better these days, but back in the 2000s, the real estate mogul had it tough with his love life. In 2007, he married airline-crew scheduler Kelsy Ully after a brief courting period. 

Their wedding happened fast because Kelsy wanted to tie the knot on a specific date, July 7, 2007. After the ceremony, Jonathan moved to Las Vegas to be with his wife, but things went downhill from there.

TV personalities Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott arrive at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater LA Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images


Jonathan had been at the early stage of his career in real estate and was actively pursuing progress. Kelsy also worked as a model and waitress. With time, the pair began to grow apart, and this caused a rift.

Kelsy dealt a blow to her husband when she removed him from her relationship status on Facebook. During this time, Jonathan and his twin brother, Drew, landed a sizzle reel shoot in Canada and traveled all the way. 

TV personality Jonathan Scott attends REVOLT and The National Cable and Telecommunications Association's Celebration of Cable at Belasco Theater on April 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images


When he returned to Las Vegas, the situation with his wife had gotten worse. The pair tried to save their marriage by seeing a marriage counselor, but it was futile. They ultimately split up, and it did a number on Jonathan's psyche. 


Television hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott pose for a portrait session in March 2018 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images


Getting divorced was one thing, but handling life after divorce was different for Jonathan. In his joint book with Drew, "It Takes Two: Our Story," the star detailed the impact of divorce on him. He penned:

"The pain ended up outlasting the marriage. The split isn't something I dwell on anymore, but for one too long….'

Jonathan stated that it defined a "too-dark period" of his life and all he did was dwell in the anguish. The illusionist added that the divorce rocked him to his very core.

TV personalities Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2" at Dolby Theater on April 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images


Along with his heartbreak, Jonathan and his brother also faced money issues. Drew owed $100,000 in a business dealing, and Jonathan also filed for bankruptcy at a point. 

Once speaking to People, Jonathan shared that being married was "a huge part" of life. He reminisced about being married for six years and the toll it took because it just didn't work. 


While the "Celebrity IOU" star dealt with heartbreak, he was not alone. Drew stood by him, recalling to the news publication that it wasn't easy watching his brother go through a hard time.

He stated that their family was close-knit, and it took a lot when Jonathan moved to Las Vegas. After his divorce, it was a "big thing" to be able to bring him back home and show him the much-needed support. He recalled telling Jonathan:

"I said, 'Nope, you are not sitting at home. Get your butt out here. You're coming with me, and we're hanging out.'"


So far, Jonathan has gone through some changes due to his experience. According to him, it helped him appreciate his subsequent relationship. The star felt defeated but learned a lot from the failed marriage.


rew Scott, Linda Phan, Jacinta Kuznetsov and Jonathan Scott attend a screening of Paramount Pictures' "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power" on July 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images


Jonathan found love again in the arms of development producer Jacinta Kuznetsov. The pair first met at a charity gala in 2015, but they did not hit it off from the beginning. 

According to Kuznetsov, she "shrugged him off" after meeting him, but Jonathan was unrelenting. He followed her on social media and tried to get things going. After months of trying, Kuznetsov agreed to go on a date. 

The couple's first date was nothing to write home about because it took an awkward turn. Jonathan was being dramatic, and Kuznetsov would not drop the sass. The pair later made up, promising to start fresh without their attitudes. 


The Property Brothers, Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott visit AOL Build to discuss their book "Dream Home: The Property Brothers Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House" at AOL on April 4, 2016 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

The decision turned out to be great, and the duo would come to find out they had a lot in common. Kuznetsov and Jonathan kept their relationship private, but fans noticed, and the pair later went official on social media. 


In another interview, Jonathan opened up about his plans to marry Kuznetsov and start a family. However, he stated that they were at the stage of learning about each other and finding joy in being together.

Jonathan Scott and Jacinta Kuznetsov arrive on the red carpet at the 69TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17, 2017 | Source: Getty Images


In 2018, Jonathan and Kuznetsov ended their relationship. The pair dated for three years until the star took to his Instagram page, sharing an emotional write-up about the end of their relationship. 

From Jonathan's post, it was clear that there was a mutual understanding between the duo, and Kuznetsov confirmed that they did not have bad blood. She also stated that they would continue to be parts of each other's lives. 



One year after his relationship with Kuznetsov ended, Jonathan met actress Zooey Deschanel. The pair met on the set of Carpool Karaoke, and their connection was instant.

They bonded over their shared interest, a similar sense of humor, and love for Christmas carols. The duo started as friends, and according to an insider, they did not intend for it to become romantic. 

Jonathan Scott, Zooey Deschanel arrives at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 30th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on March 27, 2022 in West Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images


Before their relationship, Deschanel was married to Jacob Pechenik, and she announced their split days before news of her romance with Jonathan got out. She and Jacob had two children, Elsie and Charlie. 

So far, the celebrity couple has achieved some milestones in their relationship. Early this year, Deschanel and Jonathan revealed some relationship progress in the winter 2022 issue of "Drew + Jonathan."

They bought a house together and renovated it. Jonathan shared that Deschanel's kids were thrilled and had named this house "the park house." He and his partner then proved to be the perfect team amid renovation.