Jeff Lewis Stormed Out of 'Terrible' Dinner Date with Partner Gage Edward Following Separation
Jeff Lewis‘s dinner date with estranged partner Gage Edward almost went off without a hitch, until the last five minutes, he says.
During Monday’s episode of his SiriusXM radio show Jeff Lewis Live, the Flipping Out star revealed what occurred when the pair went to dinner together a little over a week after they separated following a 10-year relationship.
“Let’s put it this way: if it were a first date, I would not be going out with this person again,” Lewis said. “It was not a great date.” He added, “If I was with someone else, it would have been a great date.”
While Lewis claimed on Friday that the dinner he planned to take Edward to was “not a date,” on Monday’s episode, he repeatedly referred to it as such.
Lewis, 48, claims that the evening began with Lewis visiting Edward, 33, at his “fancy” new apartment, which he allegedly began renting after he moved out of the home they shared with their two-year-old daughter, Monroe. Then, Lewis says the pair headed to dinner at the NoMad Hotel in Los Angeles.
Lewis says things turned sour after they sat down, when he claims Edward began “lecturing” him on what went wrong in their relationship.
“I was on my best behavior,” Lewis said. “I sat there and I listened, and I listened, and I listened. And I’ve been listening, for the last three weeks, to all the terrible s—t I’ve done and said. And I guess there’s a part of me who feels like I deserve it. So I take it and take it and take it.”
Lewis says toward the end of the meal, his patience was wearing thin and Edward decided to order dessert and extend the date.
“I just wanted it to end,” Lewis says. “I just wanted to leave, cause I realized this was a really bad idea.” He admits the meeting was “too soon” after their separation in late January, adding, “This should not have happened.”
That’s when he admitted his “wounded inner child” made an appearance — causing him to storm out of the restaurant.
“Everything started shaking,” Lewis said of the meltdown. “My inner wounded child showed up at the restaurant and said, ‘F—k off, Gage’ And got up and walked into the lobby. Literally I just got to the point where I was like, ‘F—k off Gage.’ And I took a minute and I texted him, ‘I’m in the lobby, the car’s out front, I’ll take you home.’ And he just didn’t respond.”
Lewis says he messaged his estranged partner several more times, but received no response. He went back into the restaurant, but Edward was gone, he says. He found him waiting for an Uber on the other side of the hotel.
“I said, ‘Listen, this is silly, cancel the Uber, I’ll take you home.’ ‘Nope’ — got in the car, drove away. And that was the end of the evening.”
Edward told PEOPLE he had no comment on the situation.
Lewis also claimed last week that Edward went on a romantic date of his own, with a man Lewis called “homewrecker,” days after he says Edward moved out of their shared home.
After reflecting on his actions, Lewis said he called Edward the next day to take responsibility for his actions and owned up to his behavior being the reason Edward decided to move out. He also admitted he thinks the pair moved too fast in attempting to reconcile.
“I actually don’t think we should be sharing a meal anytime soon,” he said.
Lewis hopes to make changes to his behavior, he says.
“The point is, I have a very hurt, wounded inner child,” Lewis said. “That inner child made me a lot of money for a long time on reality TV, screaming and yelling. But that’s not what I want for the next chapter of my life. No one is going to be around me, including my child, if I don’t make these changes.”
Lewis and Edward’s relationship troubles come on the heels of a tumultuous year for the couple both personally and professionally.
Lewis had a falling out with his longtime friend and co-star Jenni Pulos last year that resulted in the end of their nearly 20-year relationship. Lewis has stated that he believes their split will result in the cancellation of Flipping Out after 11 seasons. He claimed last week that he was recently pitched a new Bravo show by executive Andy Cohen.
Edward and Lewis are also facing an ongoing lawsuit filed by Alexandra Trent, the surrogate who carried their daughter. Trent filed the suit against the couple, as well as Bravo and Flipping Out‘s production company, Authentic Entertainment, stating that she was filmed giving birth without her permission, among other complaints.
Trent’s doctor spoke out in support of her claims, while Lewis has previously said that Trent signed away her right to privacy when she agreed to do the show and called the lawsuit a “financial shakedown.”
The TV and radio personality first revealed on Jeff Lewis Live on Jan 31. that Edward had left their family home and moved into a hotel. He later added that he’d rented a “fancy” apartment. According to Lewis, the separation had been “a long time coming,” and he and Edward had been living in separate rooms in the same house for the better part of a year.
Jeff Lewis Live airs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (11 a.m. ET) on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy (Ch. 102.)