Jeff Lewis Says 'I Have Failed My Child' as He Takes Responsibility for Separation from Partner
During Monday’s episode of his SiriusXM radio show Jeff Lewis Live, the Flipping Out star said he called Edward, with whom he shares two-year-old daughter Monroe, to say he was at fault for their recent rift.
Lewis, 48, claims he told Edward, 33, “I just want you to know I have heard everything you’ve had to say to me in the last couple of weeks, and I take 100% responsibility for what has gone wrong in this relationship, and I truly feel like I have failed you, I have failed my child, and I have failed my family.”
The phone call came after the pair had a “terrible” dinner together, which Lewis stormed out of after he says Edward lectured and criticized him.
“I said, ‘I could not feel more like a failure. I could not feel any worse than how I feel today,'” Lewis continued. “‘I want you to know that you’ve already given me a thousand examples of why I’ve been an a—hole and I agree with you. I do not need another thousand examples.”
The Bravo star then claims he asked his estranged partner and Flipping Out co-star “as a friend and as a person who [works with me]” to acknowledge that he is attempting to alter his behavior.
“I’m working really hard to implement these changes in my life and what I would prefer to have from you is support and acknowledgement,” Lewis says he told Edward on the phone. “So if you see at any point that I’ve reacted differently to a situation or if you’ve noticed any changes, as little as they may be, I would love a little word of encouragement.”
He added, “I do not want you to beat the s—t out of me anymore because I am spilling into a very very deep, dark depression and I want to stop this now.”
On the show, Lewis acknowledged he has previously made several unflattering comments about Edward on the radio. (During prior episodes, Lewis called Edward out for allegedly going on a date with a “home wrecker” he met at the gym a week after their separation, and claimed that after Edward moved out he was “a single dad” because Monroe was still living with him.)
“I did not host the radio last week. My wounded inner child did,” Lewis said, referring to a part of his personality that he identified in therapy.
“Your inner child lives in all of us, it lives in our unconscious mind, and it basically makes choices on how we respond to situations,” Lewis explained. “So the point is, I have a very hurt, wounded inner child.”
He also acknowledged it may be responsible for his TV success.
“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 first stated that Edward had moved out of the home they shared with their daughter on Jan. 31, after, he says, they spent the better part of a year sleeping in separate rooms.
Their separation news comes on the heels of a turbulent year for the couple.
The pair is facing an ongoing lawsuit filed by Alexandra Trent, the surrogate who carried their daughter. Trent is suing the couple as well as Bravo and Flipping Out’s production company, Authentic Entertainment, claiming that the producers filmed her delivery without permission and that Edward and Lewis made “disgusting” remarks about her.
Trent 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.
Lewis and his longtime friend and Flipping Out co-star Jenni Pulos also had a major falling out this past year that ended their nearly 20-year personal and professional relationship. Lewis believes this fight may lead to the cancellation 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.)