Going to a wedding right after a breakup can feel like you're pouring salt on a wound — then dousing it in acid. You're surrounded by love, and as much as you want to be happy for the couple, it just underscores how single you are. At least, that's the common thought, but in Jonathan Scott's case, the effect was exactly the opposite.
The Property Brothers star stood by his twin as his brother, Drew Scott, tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Linda Phan. It'd been a little over a month since he and Jacinta Kuznetsov had called it quits, and being there for his brother (and new sister-in-law) proved cathartic.
"The special bond they have has given me hope," he told . "There is such profound love and respect between the two of them. They really do make each other better people."
Back in April, Jonathan posted a heartfelt message on Instagram about his two-and-a-half year relationship with Jacinta, announcing their separation. "Sometimes life takes you on unexpected paths and those paths aren’t always in the same direction. There’s no drama or negativity; no jealousy or hate. Not even sadness or sorrow," he wrote. "Our memories are filled with joy, and we will continue to advocate for each other as friends wherever we go."
The pair first met in at a charity gala in 2015, and initially, Jacinta shrugged him off. It took a few months before their first date, according to , and they took things slow, waiting to post anything to social media. In time, though, their relationship grew serious, and they couldn't keep it low-profile any longer. "We definitely want to get married and have kids," he told the magazine while they were dating.
Since they've parted ways, the pair has supported one another. Though they're not romantically involved, they still work together, as Jacinta is a development producer at Jonathan and Drew's company, Scott Brothers Entertainment.
"An abundance of love for J has been a beautiful and rewarding time of my life. However, life is funny and sometimes chapters change and this one has. We have deep love and respect for one another but have gone separate ways," she wrote in a private Instagram post, later reported. "We will continue to be apart of each other's lives as friends, and never stop planning what greatness we can create in this world."
As the self-described "emotional one" out of him and his brother, Jonathan maintains a positive outlook, learning from every relationship. Last year, he opened up about his 2007 marriage and divorce, explaining . "I think that one of the biggest things I learned is that you can have two good people who are just not good for each other," he said.
In a world where it's so easy for breakups to turn into petty, he-said, she-said drama, his perspective is refreshing, and — at the risk of sounding all treacly — inspiring.
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