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Jo Koy Opens Up About ‘Next Chapter’ with Chelsea Handler: ‘I’ll Always Champion for Her’

Jo Koy is embracing his friendship with ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler.

While attending the carpet for his new film Easter Sunday, Koy, 51, shared the place he and Handler, 47, stand after their breakup final month.

“We’re great friends and that’s how it will always be,” Koy informed Entertainment Tonight. “I’ll always champion for her and she’ll always champion for me — and we’re gonna win, everyone wins.”

The standup comic additionally added that going again to being buddies feels “great.” He defined to the outlet, “It’s always been that way, so it’s the next chapter.”

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This just isn’t the primary time the actor has spoken concerning the former couple’s renewned friendship. Right after the break final month, Koy spoke to TMZ on how they had been doing.

“Everything’s good. We’re taking a break,” Koy mentioned. “We’re great friends, we’ve always been great friends. The love is still there.”

Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy

Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy

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Asked whether or not the 2 exes are nonetheless in contact, Koy mentioned, ‘Yeah … however all love. That’s all.” He then refrained from revealing who pulled the plug on the relationship, calling it a “personal” matter.

Koy was also asked whether he was ready to “soar again into the courting pool.” To that, Koy laughed and said he was “simply going to focus on this film factor proper now.”

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Amy Sussman/Getty Jo Koy and Chelsea Handler

Handler introduced the couple’s break up on Instagram on July 18, sharing a video that was meant to be posted on their one-year anniversary.

“It is with a heavy coronary heart to announce that we have now determined collectively that it’s best for us to take a break from our relationship proper now,” the former Chelsea host wrote. “I do know lots of you had been invested in our love, and I wished to specific to you ways a lot that meant to each of us. How a lot it nonetheless means. And how a lot I now imagine in love for every one among us. This man blew my coronary heart open with love and due to him, my life expertise has modified ceaselessly.”

She continued, “To be liked and adored by @jokoy has been one of many best items of my life. He renewed my religion in males, in love, in being 100% who I’m, and I’ve by no means been extra optimistic for the longer term.”

Jo Koy attends the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Party at a private residence on December 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

Jo Koy attends the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Party at a private residence on December 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

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The best-selling author said Koy “blew my creativity open, my lust for working arduous once more, being on the street once more.” Handler additionally credited Koy for having “jogged my memory who I used to be and at all times have been.”

“This just isn’t an ending. It’s one other starting, and it is a consolation to know that I’m nonetheless liked and love this man the best way the solar loves the moon and the moon loves the solar. YOUR PERSON IS COMING,” she concluded. “So, please proceed to root for each of us, since you by no means know what life will carry and let’s first begin by all going to the theater on Aug. 5 to purchase tickets to Jo’s new film Easter Sunday and Filipino PRIDE! Let’s go!”

RELATED: Chelsea Handler Announces Breakup with Jo Koy: ‘Continue to Root for Us’

Chelsea Handler Announces Breakup with Jo Koy: 'Continue to Root for Us'

Chelsea Handler Announces Breakup with Jo Koy: ‘Continue to Root for Us’

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In his own breakup post, Koy said the former couple “will at all times stay nice buddies and can at all times have love for each other.”

“I’m her largest fan and I can not look ahead to you all to see what she has in retailer for the longer term,” he added. “Keep killing it Chelsea! Mahal kita!”

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A mutual friend introduced Handler and Koy to each other more than 20 years ago. Thereafter, Koy would go on to make frequent appearances on Handler’s E! late-night series Chelsea Lately, which aired from 2007 to 2014.

The pair sparked courting rumors in September 2021 after they had been noticed getting cozy at a Los Angeles Dodgers recreation. Handler confirmed their relationship later that month, sharing a photograph of the 2 kissing on Instagram. She later known as Koy “the most effective boyfriend” she’s ever had.

Handler has since known as the pair’s breakup “painful.”

“I really feel, you already know, optimistic concerning the future now,” she mentioned on the We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle podcast final month. “I’ve modified a lot and my love was so huge that it simply blew me open. And as painful because the ending of one thing like that’s, I’m so well-versed in remedy and understanding that each door shutting is a brand new starting and I do imagine it.”

Easter Sunday opens on Friday.

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