The “This Is Us” actor Hartley filed for divorce in Los Angeles just before last Thanksgiving, putting an end to his two-year-long marriage to Stause.
“Chrishell was blindsided and she was put in a very difficult position and she chose to share it with everybody because it is a reality show and it, you know, follows our lives,” said Fitzgerald in an interview with Us Weekly.
“So I thought she was extremely strong and she was vulnerable to everything. I thought, I thought she handled it like a champ.”
The Oppenheim Group realtor insists that Stause never bad-mouthed her ex, instead choosing to take the high road and focus on the positive things in life.
“She took very little time off. I know she was just heartbroken, but she was always positive,” Fitzgerald continued. “She never talked bad about him. She never did anything. I think she couldn’t have handled it [better]. She never played the victim ever. I think she always finds the good in everything.”
The “Selling Sunset” star also discussed the possibility of a fourth season of the hugely popular show.
“We don’t know for sure if we get season 4 yet,” she shared.
“We should find out really soon. I am very [certain we will], because it’s done so well. We still know when we would start, [but] we don’t have the official [date],” Fitzgerald added.