Queer Eye star Karamo Brown announced his split from Ian Jordan last year after 10 years together

By Glenn Garner
May 08, 2021 07:00 PM
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Karamo Brown still considers his ex-fiancé Ian Jordan a part of his family, months after they called off their engagement.

On Saturday, the Queer Eye star, 40, wished his ex a happy 50th birthday with some throwback photos and a sweet tribute. "Shouting happy birthday to @theianjordan," he wrote in the caption.

"Though our relationship has shifted from what it was in the past... one thing that will never change - we are family!" Brown continued. "Hoping that today and this year brings you everything your heart desire and more. Love you. Happy 50!"

The I Am Perfectly Designed author announced their split on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in September, three months after they made the amicable decision to break up. "We were distracted by so much — with the kids, and our careers — that during that time, I had to really say, how is our communication? How are other parts of our lives? Are we growing in the same place?" Brown said at the time.

"We're not 20 anymore, so it wasn't just, 'Oh, I'm not going to text you anymore' — it was like, we have a family and a home," the father of two continued. "How do we separate this? And it was hard."

Brown clarified that he and Jordan are still friends. "It's very nice when it's like, 'I still love you and support you,'" he said. "I want him to be happy, he wants me to be happy."

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They previously got engaged in May 2018, eight years after they began dating. The wedding was supposed to take place last summer before it was postponed amid the COVID pandemic, and ultimately the nuptials were canceled.