Look how far they’ve come! The challenge star Tori deal opened up about the progress she and ex Jordan Wise have made since their split.
“There was definitely a time when I thought Jordan and I would never speak again and it was definitely very uncomfortable living with that feeling,” Deal, 30, told Exclusive Us weekly while promoting The Challenge: World Championshipwhich premieres Wednesday, March 8 on MTV.
The Are you the one? alum continued, “I especially don’t care what happened to us in the past to get us to this point. For where we are now I am eternally grateful and would hurt all over again to be where we are now.
Deal and Wisely, 32, got engaged in 2019 after meeting two years earlier on the set of The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30. The pair called it quits in November 2020 after filming The Challenge: The War of the Worlds together.
“Me and Jordan were on the rocks for much longer than people know, and we had broken up before The challenge [Double Agents] for a little bit,” the New York native revealed during a January 2021 appearance on the “Chicks in the Office” podcast. “I really, really begged him to stay with me. I was like, ‘Let’s try and work it out, and we had a moment where we were like, ‘Okay, I’m going to the show, you stay home. Let’s see what happens, let’s see if this distance will help us.’”
Despite ups and downs during their relationship, Deal spoke highly of Wiseley when confirming their split via Instagram.
“I thought I knew love when Jordan and I were together, but there’s a different kind of love two people feel when they decide it’s time to experience life apart,” she wrote. “Even as Jordan and I move on in different ways, our love, support and connection with each other only grows stronger and deeper.
Deal and her ex-fiancé continued to compete Ride or die together after splitting in October 2022. The duo clashed during part 2 of the Ride or die reunion that aired on Wednesday, March 1.
“I respect and keep my relationships out of the game above the f-king game and you didn’t at the time. I was hurt, ‘Wisely said during the episodereferring to Deal telling him on the show that a decision he made in the game would affect their real life friendship.
The costars got another chance to compete together World Championship and decided to have each other’s backs this time.
“After Ride or diecould we walk into this next chapter and World Championship looking at each other like, ‘Wait a minute. We know each other better than anyone here. So let’s do ourselves a favor and try to look out for each other as much as possible,” Deal said Us.
Whether the MTV personalities will ever rekindle their romance, Deal doesn’t think it’s in the cards.
“There’s still so much love out there, but we live completely different lives across the country and I think we’re still exploring what it’s like to be individuals,” she said.
The Spies, lies and allies alum continued, “I’ve been single for the longest time now — for about a year — and I couldn’t be happier. And I think I’ve kind of drained myself out of relationships. For example, I also need a break from them. And I think he probably feels the same way, so right now we’re just really good friends.”
While the twosome’s dynamic is platonic, Deal admitted she doesn’t “necessarily know” how she’d feel about Wisely dating one of their costars.
“I would have to wait to see how I would feel during [that] situation, but if he was happy I would do anything to say, ‘I’m happy for you,'” she said.
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With reporting by Christina Garibaldi