During season 3 of Selling Sunset, Davina Potratz appeared to not support Chrishell Stause following her divorce from This Is Us star, Justin Hartley. However, the reality star is now clearing the air about her comments in which she claimed there were two sides to every story.
“It was more of a conversation, not a monologue from my end, which is what it seems like. So it was much longer, obviously,” Potratz told Us Weekly. “It was a wedding and it’s impossible to show the entire thing. I totally understand that and respect that. So they had to narrow it down to make it fit. The only thing that the viewers end up seeing is what I said, but ultimately I was coming from a very neutral position and Chrishell and I are not super close.”
She added, “That doesn’t mean that I don’t support her or that we’re not friendly, but we’re just not best friends. So I had no information. I really don’t know that much about her or their relationship.”
Hartley filed for divorce from the All My Children alum in November 2019, leaving Stause in complete and utter shock. The brunette beauty — who got married to Hartley in 2017 — found out about the filing via text.
“I was trying to understand a little bit more in order to have more feelings of empathy about it. It was a much longer conversation and it was, I think, much friendlier or softer should I say than it appears,” she explained.
Potratz even “turned down interviews about the divorce out of respect to Chrishell” to demonstrate how much she cared for Stause. “We don’t want to get involved and we don’t want to take anyone’s side,” she added.
“I feel like I was trying to be very fair,” she explained. “And I said, well, I don’t have any information so I don’t think it’s fair to either one to take a side when I’m not super close to her and I don’t have any information. I just think that’s the right thing to do.”
Despite the tense situation, Stause and Potratz have “communicated” and are “in a good place now,” adding she has “sympathy for Chrishell.”
“I don’t think she shared any details with anyone though,” she said. “It’s horrible to watch her heartbroken and struggle and cry, and she lost a lot of weight during that time. So it was very hard to see and it’s tough for anyone. So I certainly have compassion for her, and I’m glad she’s doing better now.”
Even though it was a struggle for the Kentucky native to share the raw and heartbreaking moments of her divorce on television, she couldn’t help but gush over her amazing job. “I am really, really, really proud of my second career in real estate,” she told the Los Angeles Times in August 2020. So I thought, if I was losing something that I thought was half of my life, how is it going to help me to throw away the other part of my life that I’ve worked so hard to build? If I walk away from that too, what am I left with?”
During filming, Stause alluded that her estranged husband changed once he became famous from his hit show, This Is Us, but she “didn’t care about all that stuff.”
She added, “I met him before all of that. … It’s just annoying because then you get rid of the people that [were there before]. One day that’s gonna go away.”
Hartley has reportedly moved on and is officially dating his The Young and The Restless costar Sofia Pernas. The actor has not commented on his relationship with Stause, but a source told Us Weekly that he is “irritated that [Chrishell’s] airing their private information publicly.”
With Stause’s real estate career taking off, it seems like she is ready to start the next chapter of her life.
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