According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, the This Is Us star submitted the papers on November 22, 2019. While he claimed in his docs that the twosome split the previous July, Stause listed their date of separation as the same day he filed for divorce.
“I found out because he text[ed] me that we were filed. Forty-five minutes later, the world knew,” the real estate agent claimed during season 3 of the Netflix series Selling Sunset. “I talked to him right after [he filed] because I thought that must be a joke. That was kind of the end of the communication. What am I supposed to say? What do you say after that? Like now I have to find a place to live, now I have to scramble and figure this out.”
Stause added that she was going through a “roller-coaster” of emotions at the time.
“It takes a toll on your soul, where you just feel like … the anger!” she said. “Like how could you do it this way? And the sadness, like, I love him so much. This was my best friend.”
While Hartley stayed mum on the split, a source told Us at the time that he wasn’t thrilled with his ex talking about their divorce on Selling Sunset.
“Justin has not watched the episodes but has been alerted to what is said,” the insider said in August 2020. “He’s irritated that she’s airing their private information publicly and knows there is more to the story than is being told. His close friends and family know what really happened, as does Chrishell, so ultimately it’s her choice of what is put out there.”
Hartley and Stause married in October 2017 after dating for four years. Not long before they split, the actress opened up to Us about waiting to expand their family.
“We don’t know [when] yet,” she said in May 2019. “I have a stepdaughter (Justin has a daughter), so we’ve got our hands full with high school.”
While Hartley and Stause never expanded their family, it took them more than one year to finalize their divorce. Us exclusively revealed in January 2021 that a judge signed off on the paperwork.
“Both parties entered into a confidential settlement as to terms of the divorce, including spousal support,” a source told Us, confirming that the twosome did not sign a prenup.
Scroll down for a timeline of the Young and the Restless alum and the Days of Our Lives star’s relationship — and post-split drama: