In case you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, Property Brothers star Jonathan Scott has a new girl, and yes, it is the New Girl herself, Zooey Deschanel. The two linked up this fall and we've been fawning over them ever since.
Now, almost three months into their relationship, Zooey has put her Manhattan Beach three-story home on the market for 5.975 million, according to Variety. She had purchased the home almost two years ago with her then-husband, Jacob Pechenik, for 5.6 million. The house has five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms—the perfect home to raise a family in. Zooey and her ex-husband also sold their other Manhattan Beach house, which they purchased in 2015, this past August for 4.7 million. Zooey came public about her divorce in early September. Very shortly after announcing her divorce, she was spotted hand-in-hand with Jonathan.
But how did the paths of a Canadian reality TV contractor and L.A. actress and singer-songwriter cross? Surprisingly, with a little help from James Corden. Here's a look at their love story.
How It All Began
The couple met while filming Carpool Karaoke in August, where the Deschanel sisters were pitted against the Scott Brothers. The four seemed to have really hit it off, as both Zooey and Jonathan shared moments from the episode on Instagram, referring to each other as "friends." From that first moment, you could spy the pair getting just a little flirty, but as far as the public knew, Zooey was still married.
A source told PEOPLE that the two became friends after the show “...and then started talking as friends and realized there was more to it." The source also noted that Zooey was drawn to Jonathan’s sense of humor, and that they bonded over their shared interests.
In September, news broke that Zooey had split from husband Jacob Pechenik, and that the two had allegedly been separated for a few months prior to announcing it (now it makes more sense why they sold their Manhattan Beach house over the summer). One week later, Zooey, 39, was spotted holding hands with Jonathan, 41.
The next we saw of these two was during spooky season, when the pair attended Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. They posted the same group picture on Instagram, where Zooey can be seen snug in his arms. The next morning, Jacob Pechenik officially filed for divorce from Zooey, asking for joint legal and physical custody of their daughter, Elsie Otter, 4, and son Charlie Wolf, 2. He cites the date of separation as January 8, according to court papers obtained by Us Weekly.
A month later, Jonathan and Zooey gave the people what they wanted: a first couple selfie, after what appeared to be a lovely date night.
The same week, Jonathan shared that Zooey will join his family for a Christmas caroling session. He also shared another never-before-seen picture of the pair on Twitter the day before Thanksgiving. In this tweet, which expressed gratitude for all the "fun-loving people and people" in his life, he ends with "I love you." 😮 While Zooey isn't the only person this tweet was dedicated to, it only makes us think that the pair has exchanged those three special words. Honestly, it'd be pretty awkward if they hadn't, and then he tagged her in that tweet, right?
It looks like these two are moving pretty fast, and as mentioned before, Zooey just put her Manhattan Beach house up for sale in early December, three months into her relationship with Jonathan. But now that we're all caught up on how these two came to be, let's discuss why they're actually perfect for each other!
They've Both Been Divorced Before
Sure, this probably isn't a highlight for either one of them, but their similar pasts means that they each have gone through some serious heartbreak that hopefully helped them see what they really want in a partner. Jonathan opened up about his divorce for the first time in the brothers' memoir It Takes Two: Our Story, noting that "The pain ended up outlasting the marriage." They tied the knot back in 2007 before he was famous. His next serious girlfriend was Jacinta Kuznetsov. They dated for two and a half years, calling it quits in 2018. At the time she was the development producer of Scott Brothers Entertainment.
Zooey, of course, separated from husband Jacob Pechenik in September after four years of marriage. They now share two kids together: Elsie, 4, and Charlie, 2. Deschanel was also married to Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard from 2009 to 2012.
They Both Love Dogs
Both Jonathan and Zooey have and love dogs. Zooey actually adopted her pups Dot and Zelda, who are sisters, in 2013 and shared the adorable story on The Ellen Show. Meanwhile, Jonathan is the dad to two pint-sized pups, Stewie and Gracie. While he grew up on a ranch in Canada surrounded by big dogs, he's had a change of heart and is now infatuated with littler furry friends. Regardless of size, he's just an avid dog lover all around. “I don’t trust people who don’t like dogs," he told PEOPLE in June. "How could you not love a creature that is always excited to see you?” TBH we agree, especially since research shows that owning a dog can make you healthier.
They Both Can Sing
I think the world fell in love with Zooey's voice in Elf with her rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Zooey has got pipes for sure, and is also half of the indie musical duo She and Him. But Jonathan is no stranger to the recording studio either. The Scott Brothers have actually released three country songs on iTunes.
They Both Have Magazines
Reveal!, the Property Brother's upcoming lifestyle magazine, is set to launch January 10, 2020. The tagline for the magazine reads “It all starts at home," but the Scotts want this magazine to be a source of inspiration for living life to its fullest, and as such will cover not just home improvement but a little bit of everything.
Zooey also has been in the editorial biz. In 2011, she co-founded women's lifestyle site Hello Giggles with Sophia Rivka Rossi and Molly McAleer. The ladies' passion project became a smashing success.
They’re Both Charming, Adorkable Goofballs
These two both have a bit of a dorky side, but in the best way possible. On an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, Jonathan confirmed he's a magician and surprised the audience by making some dog treats vanish. He also noted that he can perform the classic bunny top hat trick, but in his version, he pulls his Chihuahua named Gracie out of the hat. And according to HGTV, he's even a member of the Academy of Magical Arts.
And Zooey, whose character on New Girl inspired an entire "adorkable" ad campaign, is nothing short of goofy and fun-loving. Although it was a scripted character she played on TV, we can't help but notice their similar style choices (headbands, colorful skirts, funky jewelry, etc.) and witty personalities. While Zooey seems a bit more confident than Jessica, she doesn't seem to stray far her leading role, personality-wise.
And it makes complete sense why Jonathan would chase after a quirky girl like Zooey. “I love to laugh," he told PEOPLE in June. "A sense of humor is really important." And I mean, if Zooey can't make him crack a smile, than honestly I don't know who can.
She Meets His Social Media Standards
This is a silly one, but like most of us, Jonathan insta-stalks his crush before going on dates with them. “If someone’s profile has more than 20 percent selfies, I won’t date them," he told PEOPLE. It's not a terrible rule! Luckily, Zooey's profile has few, if any, selfies. Instead, she's posting pictures touting her new company Lettuce Grow, which mails seedlings to subscribers so they can grow their own fresh produce easily at home. Honestly, a project I'm sure Jonathan would support.
Drew Approves of Zooey
It's always nice when your family actually likes the person you're dating, but it's even more important when you're deeply involved in a business with your sibling. Drew Scott has only kind words to say about Zooey so far. “[They’re] both amazing people, and I think it’s great,” he told US Weekly. He also mentioned that he and his wife, Linda Phan, go on double dates with Zooey and Jonathan.
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