Se­cret Mar­riage, UGLY DI­VORCE

Jonathan Scott’s mar­riage lasted two years — but his bit­ter split dragged on for twice that long

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Prop­erty Brothers star Jonathan Scott says he found out his mar­riage was in trou­ble by scrolling through Face­book. In 2009, as the con­trac­tor and TV per­son­al­ity looked at pho­tos and posts on the so­cial me­dia site, he no­ticed that his wife of two years “had scrubbed me from her Face­book page,” he re­called in It Takes Two: Our Story, the mem­oir he co-wrote with his twin, Drew. “[She changed] her re­la­tion­ship sta­tus from mar­ried to blank.”

Things got a lot worse. So much, in fact, that Jonathan has rarely talked about his mar­riage, and many fans of his hit HGTV show, Prop­erty Brothers, have no clue he was mar­ried. But the 6-foot-5 hunky real es­tate pro was in­deed wed from 2007 un­til 2013 to for­mer air­line crew sched­uler Kelsy Ully, whose name has never been re­vealed un­til now. In Touch has ex­clu­sively ob­tained their di­vorce pa­pers, which show just how ugly the breakup be­came. The split and di­vorce lasted longer than the mar­riage. At the cen­ter of their four-year bat­tle (they sep­a­rated in 2009): a le­gal doc­u­ment drawn up by Jonathan’s mother that in court pa­pers Kelsy claimed she signed un­der “duress and ha­rass­ment.” That doc­u­ment cov­ered the sale of the cou­ple’s “mat­ri­mo­nial home” in Canada, which sold af­ter Kelsy signed on the dot­ted line and that house fetched eq­uity that was “ap­prox­i­mately $191,316, more than spec­i­fied in the Con­tract,” she said in court pa­pers. Jonathan, she claimed, de­manded that she sign the agree­ment and even threat­ened her. While she fought to have the agree­ment tossed out of court, Jonathan, 39, in­sisted the doc­u­ment was fair and le­gal. The whole or­deal was trau­matic. “The pain ended up out­last­ing the mar­riage,” he wrote in his book. “The split isn’t some­thing I dwell on any­more, but for one too-long, too-dark pe­riod of my life, that’s prac­ti­cally all I did. It shook me right to my core.”

Kelsy paints Jonathan as cold and ruth­less when they reached the break­ing point. Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Kelsy, 33, al­leged that Jonathan, who was pur­su­ing a ca­reer as an il­lu­sion­ist at the time, forced her out of the house they had rented in Las Ve­gas af­ter mov­ing from their na­tive Canada. “[He] told me that he didn’t want me liv­ing in our home in Las Ve­gas any­more and that I need to leave,” Kelsy tes­ti­fied dur­ing a de­po­si­tion for her di­vorce. “[He] con­tin­ued to re­side in our home.” Jonathan de­scribed a dif­fer­ent, more am­i­ca­ble pic­ture in It Takes Two: “She moved out,” he wrote, “and we fi led for di­vorce.”

But Kelsy claims she sac­ri­ficed to help make his ca­reer. In her 2012 coun­ter­claim to il­lus­trate why she de­served spousal sup­port, Kelsy ar­gued that as Jonathan’s wife she “dis­con­tin­ued her ed­u­ca­tion and worked at min­i­mum-wage jobs to sup­port the Plain­tiff in the pur­suit of his ca­reer.” Her job at the

time: a cock­tail wait­ress at a ho­tel, “where the booze flows like wa­ter and the tips are high,” Jonathan wrote in It Takes Two. He didn’t like Kelsy’s 9-to-5 job — or rather, mid­night to when­ever. “My wife was out ev­ery night, com­ing home later and later. She had a whole sub­set of friends now that I barely knew, and I was rarely in­vited to join them. Work seemed to be putting more and more dis­tance be­tween us.”

On the same day the cou­ple sep­a­rated, Jonathan pre­sented Kelsy with the Sep­a­ra­tion, Di­vorce, and Prop­erty Con­tract, which be­came a core of their ugly bat­tle. It was drawn up by his mother, Joanne, an as­sis­tant in a Cana­dian law of­fice, ac­cord­ing to Kelsy’s court fil­ings. The doc­u­ment stated that Jonathan would have own­er­ship of a home they owned in Cal­gary, and Kelsy would waive her right to spousal sup­port and any claim to Jonathan’s busi­nesses. Kelsy signed the pa­per­work in Au­gust 2010. But soon af­ter, she sought to have the agree­ment struck for sev­eral rea­sons: In court pa­pers, she claimed she later learned that her Amer­i­can lawyer “had no knowl­edge” of Cana­dian law; she rea­soned that she and Jonathan lived in Las Ve­gas, so their agree­ment shouldn’t have been drafted in Canada; and — most shock­ingly — she claimed to be un­der “duress” and sub­jected to “ha­rass­ment” from Jonathan. “I was threat­ened,” she said of why she signed the con­tract. “He had showed up at my home re­peat­edly — nu­mer­ous times, phone calls to my­self, my fam­ily, and my friends about get­ting the doc­u­ments signed. And I wanted to get it signed so that I didn’t have to deal with him show­ing up at my house, at my work, call­ing my friends and fam­ily.” Kelsy also claimed in court pa­pers that Jonathan told her if she didn’t sign the agree­ment, she “would re­main in bank­ruptcy for the rest of my life.” (See doc­u­ment on pre­vi­ous page.)

Kelsy and Jonathan were in deep debt dur­ing their mar­riage. Court doc­u­ments show that Jonathan owed cred­i­tors $692,187.21, in­clud­ing a $412,244.83 mort­gage and a $68,006.19 loan from his par­ents (see break­down, above). Kelsy had a $23,831.48 car loan on her Mercedes SLK

‘‘ The mar­riage was in ru­ins be­fore our sec­ond an­niver­sary” — JONATHAN

and a $14,000 per­sonal loan. In It Takes Two, Jonathan copped to liv­ing be­yond his means dur­ing happier days in his re­la­tion­ship. “I’ve never been a big spender.… My ex had more dis­crim­i­nat­ing taste, though, and I did like be­ing able to in­dulge her,” he wrote. De­signer bags, shoes and ex­pen­sive va­ca­tions added up. “We were over­spend­ing, and it was start­ing to make me ner­vous.… Some cou­ples went to the movies on the week­end; we went half­way across the coun­try for din­ner on Van­cou­ver Island. It was a let­down if I couldn’t pull away from the job to take off some­where.” (Jonathan later said he filed for bank­ruptcy be­fore Prop­erty Brothers be­came a hit.)

They tried ther­apy to save their mar­riage. Kelsy said in a 2012 af­fi­davit that she and Jonathan went to coun­sel­ing twice. Jonathan claims his ex was the one who pulled the plug on their ses­sions. “She de­cided not to con­tinue at­tend­ing,” he re­called in his mem­oir. “Sit­ting in the ther­a­pist’s of­fice alone sealed the fate of our mar­riage and brought me clar­ity about it.”

Four years later, Jonathan was fi­nally free. In May 2013, af­ter much con­tentious back-and-forth be­tween Jonathan and Kelsy’s at­tor­neys, a Cana­dian jus­tice ruled that the Sep­a­ra­tion, Di­vorce and Prop­erty Con­tract that they both had signed was “bind­ing, valid and en­force­able.” But the judge’s rul­ing also ref­er­enced an “amend­ing agree­ment” date May 6, 2013, which could have sup­ple­mented what Kelsy re­ceived.

For Jonathan, hind­sight is 20/20. In It Takes Two, the re­al­ity star — now in a happy re­la­tion­ship with girl­friend Jac­inta Kuznetsov, 29, a de­vel­op­ment pro­ducer at his com­pany, Scott Brothers En­ter­tain­ment — wrote that he should have known his mar­riage was doomed from the start when Kelsy wouldn’t com­pro­mise on their wed­ding plans. “She would not agree to have bag­pipers play at the cer­e­mony in honor of my fam­ily’s Scot­tish her­itage,” he wrote. “All the men in the wed­ding party did wear kilts, but the Scott clan still felt wounded by the bag­pipe ban, and I re­gret­ted not hold­ing my ground about some­thing so im­por­tant to me. I guess that was a yel­low traf­fic light I blew right through.” ◼

Jonathan claimed Kelsy in­sisted they marry on 7/7/07 be­cause she thought the date was good luck.

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