Gage Edward Allegedly Accuses Ex Jeff Lewis of 'Harassment' Intended to 'Destroy My Character'
Jeff Lewis said the pair, who dated for ten years and share two-year-old daughter Monroe, had a texting argument following the news they officially split
Gage Edward has had enough of ex-partner Jeff Lewis‘s inflammatory comments following their split.
During Tuesday’s episode of Jeff Lewis Live, the Flipping Out star’s SiriusXM radio show, Lewis detailed an exchange he claims he had over the weekend with his former partner of 10 years, from whom he officially split last week following a month-long separation.
Lewis says he texted Edward accidentally after a therapy session and said something critical about Edward’s “home-wrecker” boyfriend, a man who Lewis has previously claimed his ex met at the gym and went on a date with just one week after they separated.
The Bravo star did not reveal what the message said, but noted it was a “complete accident” and that he meant to text it to himself.
Lewis claims Edward responded to the text message saying, “It’s harassment, malicious, and continuing to show you have a full intent to destroy my character. Those weren’t therapy notes, they’re notes for your radio show.”
“I said, ‘Sorry this came up in therapy and I write things down later to think about. I didn’t mean to send it to you,'” Lewis claims he wrote in reply to Edward.
Lewis says that their text message argument continued through the weekend and took a turn on Sunday, when Edward allegedly criticized Lewis for the way their split has affected their two-year-old daughter, Monroe.
“I applaud him for being so communicative and really putting everything out there and saying how he felt,” Lewis said. “But he did say something that very much upset me. I am not going to read anything he sent me, I’m just going to read the one part: ‘We need to step it up as dads and I know you realize this.'”
The Bravo star then repeated the word “We,” on his show and said that the mature way of responding would have been to say “I’m sorry you feel that way, but I respectfully disagree with you.” Instead, Lewis says, his “inner wounded child,” whom he refers to as Jeffrey, responded to Edward’s message with a profanity-laced tirade.
“F— you, you motherf—er. You’re projecting your guilt on to me,” Lewis claims he sent to Edward. “You left your family. And now I’m here raising this child aside from the f—g 10 hours a week you spend with her. I am 100 percent raising this child.”
“I am also working my a— off to completely pay every single expense associated with Monroe,” Lewis continued. “So while I work my a— off, you’re paying $5,000 a month for your sexy bachelor pad — one bedroom, by the way — in your full-service building with valet, doorman, rooftop pool and bar. And then you’re also taking your home-wrecking trick to $400 dinners at Mastro’s, while I’m paying for diapers, water wipes, baby lotion, groceries, dance classes, nannies… so you know what? I disagree. I think I step it up as a dad. So f— off.”
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Edward did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Following their separation in January, Lewis had been open about his desire to reconcile with Edward and continue to amicably co-parent their daughter. The estranged partners have also continued working together at his company Jeff Lewis Design.
However, on last Thursday’s episode of Jeff Lewis Live, the Lewis announced that he was no longer happy with that arrangement, and said that he “built a wall” between himself and Edward to lay down new terms.
Lewis said he asked Edward to begin working from his own apartment or from their job sites (the houses they are renovating) as opposed to Lewis’s home, and proposed they schedule times for each of them to be with Monroe.
“I don’t want to be your friend,” Lewis recalls he told Edward in that episode. “I don’t want to hang out with you. I don’t want to pretend like we’re some happy family anymore and go to breakfast or frozen yogurt together. I want to spend time with Monroe independent of you.”
On another past radio segment, Lewis vowed that no matter how bad things got between them, he would never use their daughter as a bargaining chip.
“Whatever happens, if there’s bumps in the road — and there could be, and this could get a little contentious — I just want to vow that I will never use our baby as a weapon,” he said in February.
“He can see the baby whenever he wants to see the baby,” Lewis said at the time. “And I don’t care what any judge says. He needs to know that. He has 24-hour access. He’s just got to text me, ‘Hey, I’m on the way over.’”
Lewis and Edward’s separation and subsequent break up comes on the heels of a tumultuous year for the pair, as they are currently facing an ongoing lawsuit filed by their surrogate Alexandra Trent, who carried Monroe. Trent is suing the couple as well as Bravo and the show’s production company, Authentic Entertainment, claiming that the show filmed her delivery without permission and that Edward and Lewis made “disgusting” remarks about her.
She 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.
In June, Lewis’s personal and professional relationship with his friend of nearly 20 years and Flipping Out costar, Jenni Pulos, ended after she allegedly accused him of “abuse and victimization.” Lewis has suggested this 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.)