Queer Eye star Karamo Brown has broken up with fiancé Ian Jordan, Brown revealed Friday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The two ended their engagement amicably three and a half months ago, Brown told guest host Stephen “tWitch” Boss.
“We’re not 20 anymore, so it wasn’t just like, ‘Oh, I’m not going to text you anymore’ — it was like, we have a family and a home,” Brown said. “How do we separate this? And it was hard. We went to virtual counseling, we did a lot of things. But eventually I was like, this is a moment where I need to decide, is my happiness important? And once I made that decision, I said, you know, we are going to have to break up.”
The two remain friends, and there was “no cheating,” Brown said. “It’s very nice when it’s like, ‘I still love you and support you,’ and I want him to be happy; he wants me to be happy,” he continued. “But yeah, no more wedding, so if y’all got any friends! … I’m lying, I’m not ready to move on that quick, I’m not ready.”
Brown and Jordan, a director, had been together 10 years. Brown proposed at a surprise birthday for Jordan in 2018, with all members of the Fab Five present. “All of these things I accomplish,” Brown told Jordan at the time, “is only because when I get home, I know that I have you. … You make me feel like I can do anything, and I just want you to know that I hope we can conquer the world together.” He then proposed again in May.
Brown has been home with his sons, Jason, 23, and Chris, 20, since filming of Queer Eye’s season 6, in Austin, was suspended in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I’ve been home the whole time,” he told Boss. “I took [the pandemic] very seriously, still am taking it very seriously. That first couple of days, I was like, how in the world did everyone start baking bread, working out, because I was still in my robe, trying to just make sure my kids were OK. I was like, how did everyone get this energy and all these talents? But you know, after a couple of weeks, I started to like, get a routine, started to get myself together, I started focusing on my new business — I have a skin care line called Mantl.”
“And then just really found other ways to figure out how to focus on me and the things that make me happy,” he added. “I started trying to be a pilot; I started parasailing.”