Jo Koy is embracing his friendship with ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler.
While attending the carpet for his new film Easter SundayKoy, 51, shared the spot with Handler, 47, after they split last month.
“We’re great friends and always will be,” Koy said Entertainment Tonight. “I will always star for her and she will always star for me – and we will win, everybody wins.”
The standup comedian also added that being friends again is “great.” He explained in the report, “It’s always been this way, so it’s the next chapter.”
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It is not the first time that the actor talks about the renewed friendship of the former couple. Right after the breakup last month, Koy spoke to TMZ about how they’ve been doing.
“Everything is fine. We’re taking a break,” Koy said. “We’re great friends, we’ve always been great friends. The love is still there.”
Asked if the two exes are still in touch, Koy said: “Yeah… but all love. That’s all.” He then declined to reveal who pulled the plug on the relationship, calling it a “private” matter.
Koy was also asked if he was ready to “jump back into the dating pool.” At this, Koy laughed and said that he was “just going to focus on that movie thing right now.”
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Handler announced the couple’s split on Instagram on July 18, sharing a video that was set to be released on their one-year anniversary.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that we have decided together that it is best for us to take a break from our relationship at this time,” the former Chelsea the host wrote. “I know many of you invested in our love and I wanted to express to you how much that meant to both of us. How much it still means. And how much I now believe in love for each of us. This man opened my heart with love and because of it, my life experience changed forever.”
She continued, “Being loved and adored by @jokoy has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. He renewed my faith in men, in love, in being 100% who I am, and I’ve never been more optimistic about the future.”
The best-selling author said Koy “opened up my creativity, my longing to work hard again, to be on the road again.” Handler further credited Koy for “reminding me of who I was and always have been.”
“This is not an end. It is another beginning and it is comforting to know that I am still loved and I love this man as the sun loves the moon and the moon loves the sun. YOUR FACE IS COMING,” he concluded. “So please keep rooting for both of us because you never know what life will bring and let’s start by all going to the theater on August 5th to buy tickets for Jo’s new movie Easter Sunday and Filipino PRIDE! Let’s go!”
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In his own breakup post, Koy said the former couple “will always remain great friends and always have love for each other.”
“I’m her biggest fan and can’t wait for you all to see what she has in store for the future,” he added. “Keep killing it Chelsea! Mahal kita!”
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A mutual friend introduced Handler and Koy to each other more than 20 years ago. Koy then made frequent appearances on Handler’s E! midnight series Chelsea latelywhich aired from 2007 to 2014.
The pair sparked dating rumors in September 2021 after they were spotted getting cozy at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. Handler confirmed their relationship later that month, sharing a photo of the two kissing on Instagram. She later called Koy “the best boyfriend” she ever had.
Handler has since called the couple’s split “painful.”
“I feel, you know, optimistic about the future now,” she told the We can do tough things with Glennon Doyle podcast last month. “I have changed so much and my love has been so great that it has opened me up. And as painful as it is to end something like this, I’m so well versed in healing and I understand that every door closing is a new beginning and I believe that.”
Easter Sunday opens on Friday.