Until recently, ESPN presenter Jalen Rose has kept his divorce from colleague network host Molly Qerim a private matter. The couple announced their separation in December of last year.
Despite unsubstantiated reports that she had a separate relationship with Stephen A. Smith, her co-host on ESPN’s “First Take,” Rose claimed that he and Qerim amicably broke their three-year marriage in a GQ interview released on Wednesday.
“In my personal relationship, it was comical to me to witness [Molly Qerim and I] part ways mutually, agree on the reasons for our split, and still have people guessing on those reasons. In addition to speculating, Rose specifically claimed that it was because she and Stephen A. Smith were dating. Rose acknowledged that the rumors “bothered” him.
“And… And, without a doubt, I have a love for both of them and am not here to comment on what he or she does in their private lives. We are still 100. Just for those who mistakenly believed, we broke up because they are in a relationship, may I state that? Then I have some Detroit swampland I can sell you for a great cash. We did not break up for that reason.
By the way, I continue to observe that. When I mention someone’s squad, I can get the response, “That’s why Molly left him!” Alternatively, “That’s why Stephen A. is kicking it with your ex-wife!” That is not accurate.
But when it did, there were two ways I could have handled it professionally: I work with him, I love him, and he’s my brother. We were friends before we got married, so I had a love for her; it’s just that we couldn’t make it work. I just recently saw her. Cool, we! However, it bothered me to see the rumors and people’s assumptions that this was the reason.
The conjecture about his relationship, which Rose said “was heavy” over the course of a month after announcing the split, was the reason he remained silent about his divorce, he said.
It was popular online, as was [Smith], [Qerim], and me. It really did happen, Rose stated. Is that anything I’m about to respond to? It presented me with a true choice. But since I was aware that it wasn’t true, I refrained.
I would only be giving those individuals more fuel. It made those who ran with it appear less trustworthy by remaining silent before finally sprinkling some here and there. It was discussed. This is the reason none of us spoke up.
People used to call Jalen a sucker because Stephen A. stole his wife and he was working with him, or they would say, “Look at Molly, she was talking to Jalen yesterday, now she’s kicking it with…” That won’t take place. It was such a reach, was how we all viewed it. No one of us has spoken about it because of this.
In a statement posted on his Instagram Story in December of last year, Rose revealed that he and Qerim had broken up.
Molly and I have formally chosen to part ways after nearly a year of separation, he wrote. “We both feel that maintaining our friendship and working together in the future is the best course of action for our relationship. At this time, kindly respect our privacy.
A source emphasized to The Post at the time that there was no drama around the separation, which really took place in January.
The insider claimed that they had been friends before getting together and that they still are. It was very typical for them to run into each other at work today. Due to their mutual respect, they made an effort throughout the past year to keep their relationship status a secret.
Legal documents obtained by TMZ indicate that the former NBA star filed for divorce in April. In June 2016, Rose and Qerim made their relationship first public as hosts of “The Renaissance Man” podcast for The Post. In a tiny ceremony in New York City, they exchanged vows in July 2018.