Fox Sports host Charissa Thompson was moved to tears as she spoke about her recent divorce from sports agent Kyle Thousand after two years of marriage.
Thompson filed for divorce on April 19, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.
“When one love story begins, another ends,” Thompson said on Thursday on a new episode of her “Calm Down” podcast with Erin Andrews. The two talked about the engagement of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck earlier this month.
“Full disclosure I love you and I’m proud of you,” Andrews replied.
“I had a sh-y week,” Thompson said. “The news of my impending divorce came out and it’s clearly not something I wanted as someone growing up in a family – my parents had been married since they were 18. I trust the institution and I am someone who has been married and divorced before. “So when I got married for the second time, I had so much hope that it would be what you stand up there and say it will be, forever, for better or for worse, and all things.”
It was Thompson’s first time publicly addressing her second divorce. She was previously married at the age of 25, although it is unclear to whom.
“As far as the actual [divorce] announcement, it was a decision I didn’t make overnight,” she said. “I’ve been dealing with this privately for a while now and my health issues…a lot of those things that I know are too had to do with the stress I had in coming to this decision that was not an easy one to make.
“It comes down to this, and this is my advice to everyone: you have to do what’s best for you. You get one life and this thing is really short. So I knew I had exhausted all options trying to keep my marriage intact and I have nothing but love and respect for my now former significant other. But it just got to a point where I knew I was better off on my own.”
Thompson went on to admit that “it’s embarrassing now that she’s divorced twice,” at her age. She noted her upcoming 40th birthday in May.
“I’m ashamed to admit that you know this is now my second divorce at 40,” she said, appearing to be crying. “And then you worry about, ‘Oh, you can’t keep a man. Oh, what have you done?’ There are all the secondary, third, fourth level questions that you start to think about… Then you think about having children, and I don’t have any significant other… There are so many different layers. But that’s no reason to stay in something that won’t make either of you happy and you should ultimately make a decision that’s best for you. Even if it feels selfish, it’s your life… eventually I’m there.”
Thompson married Thousand in a small ceremony on December 30, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona. They moved the marriage to Scottsdale due to the previous COVID-19 restrictions in California where they are based.
Thompson said “great people” had contacted her and told her they were “so sorry” about her situation.
“I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. It’s my decision and it’s my life and it’s a decision I’m at peace with now that I really struggled to make it – and you [Andrews] held my hand through the whole process, like you’ve done with so many things, before the first divorce and this one,” she said of Andrews. “In the end, I’m happy that both my ex and I can move on peacefully and settle it amicably, so that’s number one. And there are no children involved, because that is something completely different.”
Thompson said she will provide more details about the divorce in a later podcast episode, explaining that she has “a few legal things to clear up.”
“The fact that I have to go back and date again… it’s going to be really interesting,” she said, noting that she would be sharing her dating experience on the “Calm Down” podcast. She added that she will not participate in online dating.