What Went Wrong With Chrishell Stause’s Marriage to Hartley and What Works Is She Known For?

Eve of Abduction may be just another interesting film for viewers, but for Chrishell Stause, it’s another feather to her cap as an actress. Asides acting, this Kentucky-born beauty is also trying her hands on the American real estate business and she seems to be gaining ground already. Why else would she appear on Selling Sunset; a Netflix reality TV show featuring The Oppenheimer Group, a Los Angeles-based real estate brokerage firm that deals in luxury homes?

Chrishell Stause was married to fellow actor, Justin Hartley. The couple’s union lasted for just a couple of years before it all ended in a divorce. This has aroused so much interest from fans who found it difficult to understand how a union that seemed so perfect suddenly hit the rocks.

Chronicles Of How Chrishell Stause And Justin Hartley Started Their Journey Before Divorce Drove Them Apart

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Chrishell Stause and her husband, Justin Hartley image source

Chrishell Stause and Justin were already acquaintances long before Stause’s real-estate career was launched and Hartley starred as Kevin on the NBC drama, This Is Us. The two were busy with different projects, though their path crossed from time to time. However, their relationship failed to take form until the intervention of a mutual friend who went ahead to formally introduce them to each other in 2013.

From then onward, they commenced dating and became an item, Hartley even recounted their first date in an interview, reminiscing about how he drove his lady love home and called the next day. On her own part, Chrishell said she knew Justin was the man for her and texted her friend with the message ‘I found him.’

The Couple’s Engagement And Eventual Marriage

They eventually made their red carpet debut in West Hollywood, announcing their official engagement two years and six months later – in July of 2016. Chrishell Stause who was obviously overjoyed with the turnout of events took to Instagram and Twitter to announce it to the world.

In a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, the loved up couple exchanged marriage vows on the 28th of October 2017. Their wedding was well attended by family and friends, including Hartley’s This Is Us costars. Chrishell who was super proud of her man told People that they don’t make men better than Justin and she couldn’t be more thrilled to officially become Mrs. Hartley!

Justin was in total agreement with his bride, saying he was looking forward to sharing life experiences and growing old with Stause. The This Is Us star said that someday, they will sit to talk about all the things they did together 30 years ago!

Things Progressed Smoothly Between The Couple Until Trouble Struck

By the second year of their marriage, both Stause and Hartley were at an all-time high. Justin’s role on the set of This Is Us really started gaining traction as the NBC drama became a nominee for the Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy’s.

On the other hand, Chrishell Stause’s real-estate career was kicking off as the actress joined the cast of Selling Sunset on Netflix. According to the reality TV star, she discussed her role on the Netflix series with Justin who had some reservations about it; she dismissed it as a normal conversation one would have with anybody in their life who cares about them, calling them normal conversations of concern.

A few months after Stause joined Selling Sunset, all hell broke loose with Justin filling for a divorce without first putting his wife in the picture. The This Is Us star cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. He filed for divorce on the 8th of July 2019 which wasn’t finalized until November.

Justin, who has since moved on with his former Young and the Restless costar, Sofia Pernas got irritated when his ex discussed their split on Selling Sunset. On her own part, Chrishell is not dating anyone but said that her dream celebrity date would be Brad Pitt.

Chrishell Stause Was Devastated By News Of Their Impending Divorce

According to the writer-turned-actress, her ex-husband only informed her of their impending divorce via a text message and forty-five minutes later, the whole world knew. Chrishell Stause who claimed to be blindsided by the message was really angry with Justine for the manner in which he approached the issue, saying there are better ways to do things if that was what he really wanted. The gorgeous actress felt that she had no say in the issue whatsoever as her ex didn’t even deem it necessary to give them a chance to figure things out before going ahead to file for divorce.

In her own words, Chrishell said people are meant to work things out if they are not perfect – you don’t solve problems by throwing it out, you talk about it and not go looking for greener pastures. The actress stated that sometimes, it is best for people to water the grass they already have to make it greener, and that is what marriage is all about.

The whole experience left Stause confused, upset, and hurt, and losing both her mum and Justin in the same year were devastating blows. For a while, the actress was knocked sideways, but according to her, she has this amazing ability to bounce back from tough times and tough situations even when the odds are stacked so high up against her. The Selling Sunset star shared that going through her divorce proceedings while filming the reality series was the most bizarre thing she has ever lived through in her entire life. Even years later when she looks back, it seemed like a bad dream or at worst a nightmare.

Chrishell Stause’s Hollywood Career Took Off As A Writer

When Chrishell Stause began taking her baby steps into the Hollywood arena, it wasn’t as an actress. Stause relished the undercover world of scriptwriting and she’s been the brain behind successful soap operas such as Day of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and All My Children. Her incredible mastery of soap operas made the directors go for her all the time.


Beginning from May 2005, Stause started appearing as Amanda Dillon in the ABC soap opera All My Children; a role that ushered her into the American TV drama scene and made her popular. The role was previously portrayed by actress Alexis Manta. After running for over seven years, the show was canceled and eventually ended in September 2011.

She Landed More Roles After All My Children

Stause landed a guest-starring role in the second season of the Dana Delany series Body of Proof. In addition, the writer-turned-actress was an active member of the Los Angeles-based improv troupe popularly knows as The Groundlings.

In April 2013, two years after All My Children was canceled, Stause became part of the cast of the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. However, it would be until August 2013 before she made her first appearance as Jordan Ridgeway. Her stint on the show was soon cut short following an announcement on October 24, 2014, that she would be leaving the series, “for good” in 2015.

For the many fans who missed her act, good news came in late 2018 when it was announced that Chrishell Stause would be reprising her earlier role when the show airs in February 2019. Her about-fifteen-year career has seen her appear in at least fifteen TV series, short films, and movies, including Mistresses (2015), The Young and the Restless (2016), and her first film lead role as Lila in Eve of Abduction (2017).

Stause Has Other Interests Apart From Movie Roles

In addition to her career in the entertainment industry, Stause is also a real estate agent. Her work is showcased in Selling Sunset – a Netflix reality TV show centered on The Oppenheim Group. The group is a real estate brokerage that deals in luxury homes in Loss Angeles.

The actress has another amazing talent that sets her apart from others, Chrishell Stause is rather too good with dance moves. On September 2, 2020, she was announced as one of the celebrities competing on the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars.

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