Chelsea Handler sparks romance rumors as she cozies up to mystery guy one year after Jo Koy split... but insists she's still single
Chelsea Handler dropped in on Instagram this week to share what fans thought was a photo with a new love interest.
The 48-year-old New Jersey native — who recently was stung by a wasp — posted a photo kissing an unknown man's cheek to the app's Stories feature, prompting followers to believe she was in a new romantic relationship.
The unknown man wrapped his arms around the former Chelsea Lately talk show host as he smiled at the camera. Handler, who ended her romance with Jo Koy in July 2022, wrote across the image, 'This is my baby.'
Showing her famously playful personality, she added, 'He is full of love and positivity and his body is my wonderland.'
But the star was forced to clarify in a follow-up Instagram video: 'I did not announce a new boyfriend.'
Confusion: Chelsea Handler dropped in on Instagram this week to share what fans thought was a photo with a new love interest — she later clarified the man was a bartender on her vacation
The funny woman reemerged on the photo-sharing app on Wednesday evening to make her relationship status clear.
Filming herself in bed, cloaked in a luxurious white robe with her hair pulled into a topknot, she set the record straight.
'My vacation is over, you guys, and now my publicists are calling me. They just texted me with a Google thing of me, saying "Chelsea Handler announces new boyfriend on Instagram."
'I did not announce a new boyfriend on Instagram. That man is the bartender right next door to my house in Mallorca and that's why he's my baby, okay?'
She continued, 'Baby doesn't mean boyfriend. Baby means he is my baby because he made me so many drinks.'
Chelsea seemed simultaneously amused and annoyed as she added, 'I can't believe I have to clarify things like this so I don't get cousins from my texts saying, "Is this for real? Do you have a new boyfriend?"'
In a second, brief video she corrected her Freudian slip, saying, 'Obviously I meant "texts from my cousins." Sorry, I took an edible.'
It comes more than one year after Chelsea and friend-turned-boyfriend Jo, 52, ended their relationship.
Former flame: The confusing post comes over a year after she split from Jo Koy; pictured in 2021
Fun: The comedian recently reflected on her Spanish vacation, calling part of the trip 'legendary'
Last December Chelsea revealed that things were still tense between her and Jo in an interview with Brooke Shields.
On the podcast Now What?, she admitted that she and the standup comic hadn't spoken in 'a while' following their breakup.
She noted that the two were no longer friends, and that she didn't think they ever could be until her ex takes 'accountability' for behavior that contributed to their split.
'I don’t think we can have a friendship until there’s some accountability and some responsibility taken,' she said.
Handler, who dated Koy for 11 months before their breakup, said their relationship had begun to fall apart over time, seemingly pointing the finger at him.
'There was just some behaviors that we couldn’t agree on,' she shared. 'And it felt to me like I would have to abandon myself, which maybe I would have been OK to do if I were 20 or 25, but I wasn't willing to do that.'
'I was like, "I'm not going to change the way that I behave in order to make you feel more comfortable. I’m not doing that,"' she explained.
She recalled, 'Walking away from him was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do.'
Mallorca: The Life Will Be The Death Of Me author recently shared outtakes from her holiday in Spain
Earlier this week the star gushed about her holiday on the water. 'I am so grateful to have so many friends who come to my place and love Mallorca the way I have grown to love it,' she posted.
Handler added in an Instagram caption, 'The food, the magic, the sangria. You have all brought such joyfulness to my life, and now it’s time to get back to worky work!!
'I will see you all in nyc this week for 2 shows at the Beacon and 2 shows in DC, Durham, and then 2 shows at the Pantages in LA!
'I’ve never played the Pantages before and i can not wait to see you all on October 12th and 13th. I had a lot of adventures this summer and one of them was being filmed for this pornographic slow mo videos. I’ve also been kissing every man in the port on the lips because I’m single and I love to flirt!'