Queer Eye Star Jonathan Van Ness and Wilco Froneman Break Up

"Sometimes things don't work out," the Netflix star says

By Zach Johnson Dec 31, 2018 1:15 PMTags
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Remember, Jonathan Van Ness: "You're strong. You're a Kelly Clarkson song. You got this."

The Queer Eye star announced via Instagram Sunday that he and rugby player Wilco Froneman have broken up. Quoting his friend Ariana Grande's post-breakup anthem "thank u, next," Van Ness wrote in his caption, "She taught me love, she taught me patience, how she handles pain, that s--ts amazing. I've loved and I've lost but that's not what I see because look what I found ain't no need for searching.' Rounding out my 2018 with a very gorg THANK U NEXT. #selflove."

Van Ness later amended his caption and turned off the comments, telling his 2.7 million followers, "Please don't go in on Wilco, he doesn't need the anger & I don't want to see him suffer so just know I'm all good & sometimes people break up the love — Love you all so much." He went on to defend his ex a final time in his Instagram Stories. "I should've sat with myself a bit longer before I posted my most recent post," he said. "Wilco is a good person & sometimes things don't work out. Please don't attack him on his page. Just let us move on, heal and enjoy your gorgeous New Year's celebration. Your girl Jonathan is just fine. Biggest hug."

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Froneman addressed the seemingly sudden split Monday morning. "Not only did Jonathan Van Ness give me the best moments of 2018, but undoubtedly the best moments of my life. I will always love him and cherish every moment we shared," the South African athlete wrote on Instagram. "I encourage everyone to continue to send him love. No one deserves anything less."

Van Ness and Froneman made their public debut just before the 2018 Emmys.

The former couple  began dating after they met at a Fourth of July party earlier this year. "I kind of thought we had more, like, BFF synergy when we very first met," Van Ness told E! News' Giuliana Rancic. "And then very quickly, I was like, 'Oh.' It's just 'cause his personality shines so bright that it took me a minute to realize he was a 6-foot-7, muscle-bound rugby player."