‘Property Brothers’: The Real Reason Jonathan Scott Divorced His Ex-Wife After Making it Big On HGTV

HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott have mostly kept their love lives out of the spotlight. However, fans have grown to love Drew Scott’s wife, Linda Phan, and people were also thrilled to learn Jonathan Scott had begun dating actor Zooey Deschanel.

But it turns out that, before Deschanel, Scott was actually once married — but there is a reason why things didn’t work out.

Jonathan Scott (right) with his brother Drew Scott in Toronto, Canada in 2019
Jonathan Scott (right) with his brother Drew Scott in Toronto, Canada in 2019 | George Pimentel/Getty Images

Jonathan Scott has tried to keep his love life private through the years

Scott and his brother, Drew Scott, first became notable a decade ago. The brothers, who are originally from Canada, landed a contract with HGTV to star in a series known as “Property Brothers.” The two would help families purchase their new home, then remodel that home to meet the family’s needs.

Though the brothers quickly rose to fame on TV, they tried to keep their personal lives a bit quieter. Jonathan Scott was married to a woman named Kelsy Ully for the first two years of the show, but fans never heard him speak one word about her — and that’s because the two were separated that entire time. Plus, when the show first started, it was all business. It wasn’t until several years and a few spinoffs later that people became interested in the brothers’ personal lives.

Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel in 2019
Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel in 2019 | Eric McCandless/ABC/Getty Images

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Jonathan Scott’s marriage to his first wife was ‘rushed’ — and he didn’t like her job

Fans have heard a bit about Jonathan Scott’s personal life, including his previous relationship with Canadian radio host Jacinta Kuznetsov. Scott and Kuznetsov dated for about three years, but complications with both of their schedules caused them to split.

Though the world grew to know Scott’s relationship with Kuznetsov quite well, he was actually married to someone when Property Brothers first aired in 2011: A woman named Kelsy Ully. The two were married back in 2007; they separated in 2010 and were divorced in 2013. Scott hasn’t spoken much about their relationship, but he has hinted at why they split.

The couple dated for five years, but Scott has since said that their marriage was rushed. Despite dating for so long, they were both still young when they wed. And according to Distractify, Scott later penned in his memoir that Ully’s job as a waitress-model at a club hurt their relationship. She worked long days and into the night at a Las Vegas pool club, which only left room for concern on Scott’s end.

Jonathan Scott in 2016 in New York City
Jonathan Scott in 2016 in New York City | Brad Barket/Getty Images

Jonathan Scott has been dating Zooey Deschanel since 2019

Though Scott’s past loves didn’t work out, he seems to have found true happiness with actor Zooey Deschanel. The two met while filming an episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. Corden invited the Scott brothers, along with Deschanel and her sister, Emily Deschanel, onto the show to do a siblings episode.

Scott and Deschanel announced their relationship only one week after Deschanel announced that she and her then-husband Jacob Pechenik were getting divorced.