Love may be lovelier the second time around in the classic Frank Sinatra tune but that wasn’t the case for Jeff Lewis and ex-husband Gage Edward.

On Wednesday’s edition of Lewis’s SiriusXM radio show “Jeff Lewis Live”, Lewis revealed that he and Edward — who split in 2019 and then engaged in a two-year custody battle over their daughter Monroe — had attempted a reconciliation.

“We went on probably about 12 dates,” Lewis said, adding that he and Edward “spent a lot of time” with their four-year-old daughter.

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He hadn’t brought it up on his radio show, the former “Flipping Out” star explained, because he “didn’t really know what it was… I wanted us to kind of quietly figure it out.”

Ultimately, Lewis divulged, “It didn’t work out.”

“So basically what happened was, we were seeing each other for about three months. I want to say it was, like, 12 dates, a couple of sleepovers, lots of dinners, and breakfast with Monroe, and all of that. It was cool. I was having a great time. I felt like, ‘Wow, maybe my family is coming back together.’ I was having a nice time. I thought we were doing well.”

According to Lewis, his communication skills had improved since the breakup and he tried to put his new skills into practice. “I didn’t get mad. I didn’t get passive-aggressive,” he said. “I just was, like, flat out, ‘Hey, can I talk to you? I feel like you’re being very selective with your attention and your affection. It feels very hot and cold. I’m feeling rejected.’ I mean, I was like, ‘Who is this guy?'”

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After they’d spoken, Lewis added, “I said, ‘Look, it’s a lot of information. Just marinade on it and then get back to me and let’s discuss it. Three days later, ‘I think we should just be friends.’ That’s what I got.”

Lewis admitted he was “a little shocked” because he felt things were “going well” between the two.

“He said, ‘Actually, you know, there’s a few times that you triggered me, and I said, ‘Well, I wouldn’t know what those triggers are because you never communicated with me. And had you communicated with me, we could have discussed it in the moment … maybe I needed to adjust my behaviour,'” said Lewis.

“He did a lot of s**tty f**king things to me. And you know what? I was willing to forget, forgive, and start over. But the reality is, he’s not willing to forget. He’s not willing to start. He’s still hanging on to every f**king thing I ever did,” he added. “The other thing, too, is, I’ve apologized for the 6,000 things that I have done in the last 12 years in detail.”

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