Zooey Deschanel Dating ‘Property Brothers’ Star Jonathan Scott Right After Her Separation, Ex Breaks Silence

It’s finally happened folks — Jonathan Scott is off the market. The divorced bachelor was recently spotted holding hands with none other than Zooey Deschanel — who just announced her split with husband Jacob Pechenik on September 6. 

For some fans of Property Brothers, this came as quite a surprise. Jonathan Scott has been on the market for a while, and Zooey Deschanel seems like an unexpected twist in his dating history. Meanwhile, Deschanel’s ex-husband is discussing their split, and what the future holds. 

Scott’s dating rules, bails on ‘The Bachelor’

Jonathan Scott and ex-girlfriend Jacinta Kuznetsov broke up well over a year ago. After the split, Scott was feeling a little down, and admitted he took it a little hard when he saw his ex-girlfriend was dating again. 

“I was upset, I won’t lie. I was not ready to date. It wasn’t even on my radar,” Scott told People. “But I’m a realist, and I knew that it was not for me to say when and who she would date.”

Scott was approached to appear on The Bachelor three times total, and though he is something of a romantic, he turned it down. “I’ve been asked twice to go on The Bachelor — and once in Canada as well —and I was like, ‘It would literally be my nightmare to be put on display and dated out. It’s the opposite of anything I have ever wanted,” Scott told People.

That makes sense for Scott, who says that when it comes to dating, he likes to keep things personal. Scott revealed that he hates dating apps, for example. “My friends always say, ‘Oh you have to try it,’” explained Scott. “But I’m like, ‘No.’ There’s nothing in me that wants to do that. I mean, yes, people can find love on those apps, but for me, no.”

Scott also revealed he has a few other standards when it comes to who he dates. He prefers someone who enjoys an active lifestyle, they must love dogs, and he doesn’t want to date someone who takes too many selfies. 

“If someone’s profile has more than 20 percent selfies, I won’t date them,” says Scott.

Zooey Deschanel moves on to Jonathan Scott 

Luckily for Jonathan Scott, it seems there’s someone out there who meets his criteria. Zooey Deschanel announced her split from ex-husband Jacob Pechenik on September 6. On September 13, Deschanel was spotted with Jonathan Scott at Little Dom’s in Silver Lake, California. The couple was seen smiling and holding hands. 

A source close to Jonathan Scott says the Property Brothers star met Deschanel while filming an episode of Carpool Karaoke. “It’s new, but they are having a lot of fun together,” the source told People.

Jonathan Scott said of meeting Deschanel, “It’s sometimes a little weird when you just get thrust on camera with people you’ve never met before but we just clicked.”

Zoey Deschanel’s ex speaks up

While it may seem as if Deschanel moves on quick, she and her ex-husband actually separated several months ago, a source told People. 

A rep for Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik shared a joint statement with People, “After much discussion and a long period of contemplation we have decided we are better off as friends, business partners and co-parents rather than life partners. We remain committed to our business, our values and most of all our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time.”

Pechenik told HollywoodLife, “Yeah, everything is amicable and we have two beautiful children together. We’ve been raising them and we’re going to continue to raise them, and take great care of  them…I’m happy.”