‘Selling Sunset’ Star Chrishell Stause Has Experienced Tremendous Loss This Past Year

Chrishell Stause rose to fame as a soap actress on shows like All My Children and Days of Our Lives. In 2019, she also became a reality star on Netflix’s Selling Sunset.

Fans of Selling Sunset might know Stause as a bright and positive character. She is often supportive of her coworkers at The Oppenheim Group and has a lot of optimism about her work.

Although Stause always seems to have a smile on her face on Selling Sunset, her life has recently been hit with several tragedies. Read on below to learn about what Stause has experienced this past year.

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Chrishell Stause recently split from her husband Justin Hartley

Stause got married to fellow actor Justin Hartley in 2017 after about three years of dating. However, their marriage came to an end in November 2019.

It was reported that Hartley “blindsided” Stause with divorce papers. A source told People, “There are so many things that she doesn’t understand… It’s just a strange situation. But what she can do? She has no choice but to move on. Yes, they’d had some problems, but she certainly never thought he would just go and suddenly file for divorce, and not even try to save things.”

In the divorce papers, Hartley cited their separation date as July 8, 2019, though they continued to attend events together months after that. TMZ alleged Stause believed Hartley cited that date in order to not pay spousal support.

In the final episode of season 2 on Selling Sunset, which premiered in May 2020, Stause was seen crying about her divorce.

“I’m just kind of in shock with it all,” Stause said through tears. “It’s just a lot all at once because everybody in the whole world knows. I love him so much. This was my best friend. Who do I talk to now?”         

Stause’s father passed away in April 2019

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Several months before Hartley filed for divorce, Stause revealed to fans that her father had passed away after a battle with lung cancer.

She wrote on Instagram, “We lost you today, but it was a long terrible battle with cancer that started taking you years ago. I choose to remember you the way you were before it took it’s hold on you. You are at peace now, and ever the Catholic man at heart, I think you chose Easter for a reason.”

She continued by sharing a heartfelt comment about her family. “I grew up in an unconventional family and my dad was a drummer-the heartbeat of the music,” Stause wrote. “Today we lost the heartbeat of our family but I am happy knowing he took his music to heaven. It just got a lot more rock and roll up there. We love you so much.”

Stause’s mother recently passed away as well

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 In February 2020—a few months after her divorce began—Stause shared that her mother had been diagnosed with the same lung cancer that took her father’s life. At the time, Stause learned her mother only had “1 to 2 months to live.”

In May, Stause told Us Weekly that she and her mother had “strengthened” their relationship despite not being able to see each other because of COVID-19.

On July 18, Stause revealed her mother had passed away. She posted several photos of her mother on Instagram and wrote, “In disbelief that you are gone. Feeling just about every emotion, but I find comfort knowing Dad is up there taking care of you and showing you the ropes like only he could. Absolutely heartbreaking watching you take your last labored breath, but there is a peace knowing you two are together again, free from the pain that plagued your time here.”