Since "Selling Sunset"'s debut in 2019, fans have been glued to the inner workings (and drama) of Los Angeles's The Oppenheim Group. For those who aren't familiar, "Selling Sunset" follows the real estate scene in Los Angeles, and more specifically, the lives of The Oppenheim Group's agents as they compete for wealthy, high-profile clients in the highly competitive market. At the center of "Selling Sunset" are Brett and Jason Oppenheim, who run the business, along with real estate agents Mary Fitzgerald, Christine Quinn, Chrishell Stause, Heather Rae El Moussa, and more.
As if the competitive nature of the job isn't enough to add drama to the show, there's also the romantic relationship between Jason Oppenheim and Chrishell Stause. The pair's whirlwind romance left fans of the show initially scratching their heads about their unlikely connection. While Oppenheim and Stause are no longer together, their brief relationship is at the center of "Selling Sunset" season five. Keep reading to learn more about their history, and see a detailed timeline of their short-lived romance.
How Did Chrishell Stause and Jason Oppenheim Start Dating?
In the second episode of season five, Stause reveals that her coworker and friend El Moussa played a small role in the pair getting together. According to Stause, Oppenheim approached her at El Moussa's engagement party and revealed that he had feelings for her. She initially didn't consider the possibility of a relationship given that Oppenheim is notorious for his bachelor lifestyle. "I feel like I didn't think about it until he actually kissed me, and then I was like, 'Oh,'" Stause says.
El Moussa celebrated her engagement with friends and family in April 2021, a few months before Stause and Oppenheim first publicly acknowledged that they were in a relationship.
How Long Were Chrishell Stause and Jason Oppenheim Together?
According to Stause's account, she and Oppenheim began dating in late April or early May 2021, though the pair didn't make their relationship known to the public until July when Stause shared the news on Instagram. The couple dated for seven months before their split in December.
Why Did Chrishell Stause and Jason Oppenheim Break Up?
The couple ultimately split because of their differing views on starting a family. On "Selling Sunset," Stause makes clear that children are a priority for her and that she wouldn't be able to continue the relationship if Oppenheim didn't want to be a father. In episode nine, Oppenheim calls the decision to have a baby "consuming" and says that he wishes he felt more strongly about starting a family. The Oppenheim Group broker also notes that children are a big commitment, which could interfere in other aspects of his life. "I also need to consider my work," he says. "I'm very much engaged in growing the brokerage, the Newport Beach office. I want to open up in Las Vegas . . . I don't know."
On Dec. 21, 2021, Oppenheim addressed the pair's breakup on Instagram, writing in part, "While we have different wants regarding a family, we continue to have the utmost respect for one another." In a similar but perhaps less formal post on Dec. 27, Stause alluded to wanting children. "Well these eggs aren't going to fertilize themselves . . . or maybe they will . . . who knows. Until then, 2022 bring it on," she wrote. Stause also elaborated on their breakup in a February 2022 interview with Tamron Hall. "At the end of the day, this is real life. Sometimes, you know, our end plans aren't the same," she said. "I do want a family. . . . That is important to me."