Jeff Lewis ( Gage Edward Ex) Biography, Age, Design, Baby (Monroe), Surrogate, Flipping Out

Jeff Lewis Biography | Who Is Jeff Lewis?

Jeff Lewis real name Jeffrey Thomas Lewis, is an American real estate speculator, television personality, and interior designer. Lewis is best known for his Bravo channel reality show Flipping Out.

Lewis is also a the Creative Director for Alder & Tweed Furniture, a furniture manufacturer that sells to retailers nationwide. Lewis began working for a real estate agent after graduating from college in 1993.

Jeff attended Mater Dei High School and later attended both the University of Southern California and Chapman University where he was pre-law and a political science major.

Jeff Lewis Age | Jeff Lewis Birthday | How Old Is Jeff Lewis?

Jeffrey Thomas Lewis was born on March 24, 1970 in Orange County, California. He is 48 years old as of 2018.

Jeff Lewis Family | Jeff Lewis Mother | Jeff Lewis Siblings | Jeff Lewis Brother

Lewis was born to Tom Lewis. He lost his mother to cancer when he was 18. There is no available information on his siblings or brother.

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Jeff Lewis Grandmother

Jeff’s grandmother passed away on Thursday, September 13 2018. Lewis shared the sad news in a post featuring a lovely photo of his grandmother, who was the mother of his late mom. Lewis had helped remodel her home in Season 6, and he also shared that his grandmother was just as “strong” and “opinionated” as he is when he went to visit her home.

Gage Edward Jeff Lewis | Jeff Lewis And Gage | Jeff Lewis Partner | Jeff Lewis And Gage Edwards | Jeff Lewis Boyfriend

Lewis had been in a 10 year relationship with business manager Gage Edward. The couple split in January 2019 where Edward moved into a hotel and later getting an apartment.

Jeff Lewis Husband | Is Jeff Lewis Married?

Lewis is not yet married.

Jeff Lewis And Gage Edwards Married

The two never wed though in October 2018, Lewis had said on Watch What Happens Live he was thinking about proposing. Unfortunately, the two split before it happened.

Jeff Lewis Baby | Jeff Lewis Child

Lewis and Edward have a daughter Monroe Christine, via a surrogate. The baby was born on October 25, 2016. Despite the couples tension before their split, they always kept any of the trouble that was going on between them away from Monroe. Maintaining a sense of normalcy for her was part of the reason Edward went to live elsewhere, according to the source. The two also wanted to keep Monroe in the home that she’s used to, around the friends that she’s used to, and also with the routine that she’s used to. That’s why she was left behind with Jeff.

Jeff Lewis Surrogate

Lewis and Edward’s surrogate, Alexandra Trent, who carried their daughter, filed a lawsuit against the couple in June 2018. Trent is seeking damages for unlawful recording, invasion of privacy and fraud. She is also suing the show’s production company and Bravo network over footage that aired, of which she said she never consented.

Jeff Lewis Design

In 2009, he started his own design firm. Lewis was asked by House Beautiful to design their “Kitchen of the Year,” in 2010, which was then showcased at Rockefeller Center.

Jeff Lewis Home Depot | Jeff Lewis Paint Home Depot | Jeff Lewis Paint | Jeff Lewis Color

Jeff Lewis Paint relaunched in the winter of 2018 with 52-color palette. Lewis has created lines of products for homes such as paints, rugs, tiles, and doors starting in 2013 at The Home Depot.

Bravo Jeff Lewis Flipping Out | Jeff Lewis Flipping Out | Jeff Lewis Bravo

The American reality television Flipping out debuted on July 31, 2007. Flipping out focuses on Lewis’ flip projects and his interior design business. Its tenth season premiered on August 17, 2017. On March 14, 2012, a spinoff, interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis debuted on Bravo and ran for two seasons. Lewis was also a regular panelist on the show Property Envy.

Jeff Lewis Live  | Jeff Lewis Show | Jeff Lewis Podcast | Jeff Lewis TV Show

Lewis started a highly acclaimed weekly radio show JEFF LEWIS LIVE on SiriusXM Radio Andy Channel 102 in 2017 which then expanded to 3-days per week in 2018.

Jeff Lewis Lawsuit

Jeff was subject to a restraining order filed by Ashley Jensen and Terence Beesley who were living next door to a Los Feliz house being renovated by Lewis in December 2008. That conflict arose after a deck that Lewis had constructed crossed the property line onto the Jensen-Beesley property. The two sued lewis, seeking $100,000 for an easement. Jeff reacted negatively and Jensen/Beesley filed a restraining order. The two parties settled for a $30,000 easement in mid-April 2009 and also an agreement that the deck could remain.

Jenny Jeff Lewis | Jeff Lewis Jenni | Jenni Jeff Lewis | Jenny And Jeff Lewis | Jeff Lewis Assistant

Jenni Pulos and Lewis ended a 20-year friendship after an explosive fight, causing her to leave Flipping Out after 11 years. Jenni was first as seen being his assistant but was then promoted working as a project manager for Jeff’s flip projects.

Jeff Lewis Zoila | Jeff Lewis Maid

Zoila is Jeff’s housekeeper whom he calls his “surrogate mother” and she retired in 2017 after working for him for 18 years.

Jeff Lewis House | Jeff Lewis House For Sale | Jeff Lewis Home

Lewis listed his spectacular Hollywood Boulevard home, one he’s spent a lot of time obsessing over in the past several years, for $7.95 million in October 2018. According to Variety, Lewis had first bought the house in 2002 for $860,000, renovated and sold it in 2003 for $1.75 million. The Flipping Out designer bought it again in 2015 for $2.484 million. This time Lewis and his then partner Gage Edward spent three years renovating it once again. Much of it was also documented on the show.

Where Does Jeff Lewis Live?

Jeff lives in Los Angeles with his daughter Monroe Christine.

Jeff Lewis Net Worth | How Much Is Jeff Lewis Worth

Jeff’s net worth is not yet revealed.

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Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward Put Daughter First Amid Separation: ‘She’s Their World,’ Says Source

Published: January 31, 2019


Flipping Out stars Jeff Lewis and Gage Edward are putting their 2-year-old daughter first amid a potential split, a source tells PEOPLE.

“Monroe’s happiness is Jeff and Gage’s top priority,” the insider says of the couple, who are currently living in separate residences after Gage moved out of their shared Los Angeles home on Wednesday. “She’s their world.”

The source went on to explain that while Lewis and Edward have had a tough year in their relationship, the two have worked to keep their tension from affecting Monroe.

“They’ve always kept any of the trouble that was going on between them away from her, making it a point not to argue in front of her or around her,” the source said. “She’s totally unaware of any tension. They’re great parents.”

Maintaining a sense of normalcy for Monroe is part of the reason Edward is living elsewhere, according to the source. “They both want to keep Monroe in the home that she’s used to, around the friends that she’s used to, and with the routine that she’s used to. That’s why she’s staying with Jeff,” says the source.

Another source tells PEOPLE that Lewis and Edward are still figuring out their next steps with Monroe.

“Jeff and Gage aren’t talking about long term custody plans just yet,” the source says. “This is just a temporary break — they’re still trying to work on their relationship, and Gage will still come and see Monroe.”

“Everyone in their lives are hoping they come back together,” adds the insider. “They’ve been together for a long time and there’s a lot of history there. Unfortunately, they’ve just fallen into a pattern. Hopefully this time apart will help them both realize why they were together for so long.”

Lewis announced on Thursday’s episode of his Sirius XM radio show Jeff Lewis Live that he and Edward were taking a break from their 10 year relationship, and Edward had moved into a hotel.

“This has been a long time coming. We were in separate rooms a significant portion of last year, so it was kind of like a roommate situation,” Lewis, 48, said, adding that he and Edward had been intimate recently but only as “friends with benefits.”

Monroe had been one of the reasons the two had stayed together for so long, Lewis said. Asked by a caller what would happen with her, Lewis said, “I don’t even want to go there” — though he did admit earlier in the program, “I’m now a single dad ’cause the baby is with me.”

Jeff Lewis Interview

Interview With Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out

Published: 8/20/2007

Source: Thanks so much for talking to us.
Jeff Lewis:
Absolutely. I’m familiar with the website, by the way.

AE: That’s great. We’re all big fans of the show. Speaking of the show, congratulations. How did that come about?
Jeff Lewis: 
The two assistants that work for me — two of the four assistants presently — Jenni and Chris, they were working on a project with a production company, and basically they made the introduction. They were working on this promo about their relentless pursuit for fame and success in Hollywood. It was called The Wannabes.

They wanted to film me because they’re here working at my house five days a week. I was a big part of their life so the producers wanted to shoot their work life. I actually wasn’t going to do it. I told them no initially, but they kept pushing and pushing and pushing until about three days before I reluctantly let them into my house to film. After they got the footage back to the production company, they noticed me, and they called and asked if I would be willing to be filmed and shoot a promo for a show around my life.

From then, it happened so fast. They were in my house within fourteen days. Two weeks later, they had edited the promo, and two weeks after that, they were shopping it. Within seven days, we had three different networks interested. It literally happened that quickly. I didn’t even have time to second guess.

AE: Bravo seems to be a good fit for you.
Jeff Lewis:
It is. I think it ultimately ended up being the best home for me. There was another network that wanted to order twelve episodes, and that of course was a little bit tempting, but I thought Bravo was the best home.

AE: Do you think you’ll be back for a second season?
Jeff Lewis:
I don’t really know that. We haven’t discussed it yet.

AE: Would you be interested if Bravo asked?
Jeff Lewis:
I think so. I’m really enjoying the break. I mean, it was really a tough time. They followed me for three full months. And we’re not talking about just two people. There were two different crews and each crew was comprised of seven people. There were a ton of people in my house at any given time.

AE: How did you get into real estate speculation? What drew you to the field?
Jeff Lewis:
Well, my dad. Although he was never doing real estate full time, he was just supplementing his income. So I kind of picked it up by osmosis. I watched him. He owned commercial property and buildings, and I was just a little kid sitting in the passenger seat following him around as he visited his different properties. It was always interesting to me, but there was always a component that was missing. I’ve always been creative, and the segment of real estate that my dad was involved in really didn’t quite interest me. He was all about the buy and sell, just the numbers and the money.

It took me until I was in my late twenties to understand and get my purpose. I liked the facet of real estate that I ultimately went into because it is ultimately very creative. I have that balance, because I really do feel like I have a strong interest in business, but I also want to be creative at the same time.

AE: You must see some awful things in your line of work. What is the worse property you’ve ever walked into?
Jeff Lewis:
I had a property in Hollywood Hills, I think it was in 2001 when I purchased the house. It was truly one of worst we’ve done. It was an older woman who had illegally divided the house into four separate apartments and was renting to several different people. It was … I’m trying to be politically correct here. There were some really, really low-rent people living there. I’m talking crack addicts, prostitutes. It was really bad.

At one point, after I’d gotten everyone out — and it took some time — we had gone in and some of the plumbing had not been working and they had been using the kitchen sink. We were literally cleaning up needles and syringes. It was really, truly one of the most disgusting places I’d ever seen. Not only did I have to take out all the dry wall, but I had to take up the sub floor just to get the smell out. I had to strip the entire house just to get ride of the smell. That’s how bad it was.

It turned out to be a very lucrative investment. Nobody else wanted to touch it. They all thought it was a tear-down, and it almost was. I was able to at least keep the framing, but it was really bad. And the energy! I can’t even tell you how heavy and depressing it was in there.

AE: In your experience, who takes better care of their property: gay or straight homeowners?
Jeff Lewis:
That’s a good question. I don’t necessarily think there’s a big difference. Hmm. It’s a very good question. I want to say gay, actually. Just thinking to myself, looking at all these properties every single day, maybe it is gay.

AE: You’re representing two minorities: people with OCD and gay men. Do you feel a sense of responsibility?
Jeff Lewis:
No, not really. I’m not really looking at being a role model. I try to run my own race. I try not to look on the sidelines. I don’t really feel responsibility. [laughs] What I do find is that a lot of people relate to me. There are a lot of us out there with OCD. I think it’s one of the reasons the show has appealed to so many people.

It’s something that you certainly have to manage. It doesn’t have to be a disorder, but it does take work to manage it. I find if I’m not busy, if I’m only doing one, two, or three houses and I have a lot of time on my hands, that’s when the OCD can get out of control and I start to control every aspect of my life and everyone else’s. But if I’m busy and I have a full plate, I don’t have time to focus it. Me being busy is the cure.

AE: What’s been the biggest challenge for you professionally: your OCD or being gay?
Jeff Lewis:
I don’t think being gay is a hindrance in any way, or a challenge. The OCD could probably be considered a challenge for me. A therapist once told me that if you feel like your life is out of control, then you try to control whatever you can. I can’t control the real estate market, and that’s definitely a big fear of mine, so maybe in some way, the OCD becomes more exaggerated. Maybe I try to control the little things in my life because there are so many big things I can not control.

AE: Have you ever encountered homophobia on the job?
Jeff Lewis:
Yes, I have a few times. No one has ever said anything to my face, but I have heard from other employees comments made on the job site. I usually correct it. I’ve gone through a few people. And it’s not just homophobia. It’s also racism. There have been situations where I’ve had to eliminate someone. My plumber who I’ve worked with for years, greatest guy in the world, he’s African-American. I did have someone make a racist comment on the job, so he was eliminated.

I did hear about some homophobic comments made about me, about Ryan, and they were eliminated. I do try to control the job site as best as I can. There are a lot of different employees, a lot of different personalities, and they all have to work together on each property. Sometimes I have 45 to 50 people together on one job site. They’ve got to get along with each other. If there’s one missing link, if someone doesn’t get along with the rest of the crew, I can’t use them. It doesn’t matter how good they are.

AE: Bravo has now given platforms to gay business owners in hair (Blow Out), fitness (Work Out) and real estate (Flipping Out). What do you think should come next?
Jeff Lewis:
I have to say that Bravo sometimes focuses on the gay issue, and for me, it’s certainly a part of me, I’m very proud of who I am, but it’s just one part of my identity. It’s not my entire identity. I certainly don’t have a problem being lumped into that category because I’m proud of who I am, but I don’t think it needs to be the focus of who I am.

AE: I think the show has done a good job of not making that focus.
Jeff Lewis:
That was important. That was something that we had discussed prior to filming. I said you’re never going to see me hooking up with someone on camera. It’s not going to happen. That’s not the road I want to take. It doesn’t matter if I’m gay or straight, I would feel the same way. That’s not this kind of show.

AE: Your houses are truly gorgeous. You clearly have an eye for design. Would you ever enter a challenge like Design Star or Top Design?
Jeff Lewis:
You know, I don’t think so, and I’ll tell you why. The kind of work I do is a little different. I’ve heard the comments from critics that all my houses are generic, or they call them McJeffs because it reminds them of McDonalds. And yes, they’re absolutely right.

What I do? I’m not looking to get published. I’m not looking to make some huge design statement. When I’m redoing these houses, it’s important to create a palette, to create a product that appeals to a general audience, so I can’t be too specific with my choices because I will eliminate 85% of the market. That’s what some of these critics are not getting. If I decided to break the mold and design some sort of huge statement piece, that wouldn’t work for me. It wouldn’t work for my business.

AE: Ultimately, you’re looking for a sale.
Jeff Lewis:
Absolutely, at the end of the day, I want to sell the house, and I want it to appeal to a large audience.

AE: Your business partner Ryan is also your ex-boyfriend. Has that been difficult to work together after dating? Were there any challenges you had to overcome in order to have a successful business relationship?
Jeff Lewis: Yeah, there was certainly a lot of tension, a lot of resentment. It was a friendly, civil breakup. I haven’t had too many of those. [laughs] This one in particular, it was a good relationship. Ryan was always a good friend. I always completely trusted him. I probably couldn’t be business partners with anyone else, because there was that complete trust. I rely on Ryan to make really important financial decisions and I don’t have to worry about that with him. I don’t think that I would have a business partner if Ryan weren’t around.

AE: Trust is a big issue for you, something you’ve brought up numerous times in just the first two episodes. Who do you trust the most in your life?
Jeff Lewis:
It is difficult. I’m sure other people can relate, but it is difficult for me to trust. A lot of people have let me down and disappointed me. I try very hard to get through it. I try very hard to give people the benefit of the doubt. That said, I do have a close-knit group of friends that I trust. I do generally trust my employees, the ones that are working for me presently, until they give me a reason not to.

AE: Speaking of your employees, they almost serve as a sort of surrogate family for you. Chosen family is a common experience for many gay people. What drew you to the people in your life?
Jeff Lewis:
I’ve been through a lot of assistants, and I’ve certainly been through many, many interviews, but there were some redeeming characteristics with these people that work for me now. I felt like, ultimately, at the end of the day, I needed someone in my home that I could trust, and that had my back, and were good people.

I’m not sure we didn’t come together out of dysfunction, [laughs] but I do — and I think they know this — I really do care about the people who work for me. I do want the best for them. I am flexible with their career goals. They’re all pursuing other careers — except for Zoila — and I’m very flexible with that. I’m very supportive. I move their schedules around the best I can so they can pursue their dreams and goals. It is difficult for me to manage. I don’t want to hold them back. I don’t feel like they’re going to be working for me forever, and I don’t want them to be working for me forever.

AE: Have you watched the show at all since it began airing?
Jeff Lewis:
I have.

AE: How did you feel when you heard Jenni or Chris call you crazy?
Jeff Lewis:When I first heard that, I was a little thrown back, but I’m self aware enough to know that my behavior isn’t always so normal and that most people would consider it crazy.

That said, when Jenni finished that sentence, she went on to say that all geniuses are crazy. Which really, I found the second half of that sentence to be a huge compliment. I thought, wow, this is a girl who really respects my work. She knows how hard I work, and how much I put into this, and how much I care. It’s very hard to shut off. As much as I’d like to shut it off at 7 o’clock and continue with my evening, I’m always thinking about it — thinking of ways to make the houses better, important changes that could take the property to the next level. I’m always thinking.

AE: Are you single or are you seeing someone now?
Jeff Lewis:
I am seeing someone now. It’s been a long-term relationship. Although we don’t live together, it’s been about five years.

AE: Does having OCD affect your relationships?
Jeff Lewis:
Oh yeah. Absolutely. It’s difficult for him. I’m obviously extremely neat and organized, and he is not, and that creates a lot of tension. Although, he’s gotten better, and I’ve gotten a lot better. By that, I mean I let him keep his house messy. [laughs]

AE: Sometimes it almost seems as if you like your pets more than people. True or false?
Jeff Lewis:
[long pause] True. [laughs] True. I love animals. I love my pets. They changed my life for so many reasons. I just care about them so much. I’m responsible for them, they depend on me. I hate to say it, but I do. I care more about my animals. [laughs]

AE: In the first episode, Jenni mentions that you have a pet integrator. Pardon my ignorance, but what is that, exactly?
Jeff Lewis: 
This is somebody who is very much like the Dog Whisperer. I rescued Oliver, the little dog. Somebody had just abandoned him at the dog park and we brought him home. The cats were not happy, so we hired the integrator to work with the cats and dogs so everyone could live together harmoniously. It actually really worked. We probably had four or five different sessions with this guy. He worked with Oliver, and Oliver learned to respect that the cats were there first, and ultimately, the cats run the house. [laughs] They’re in charge.

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