'Bonus dad' Jonathan Scott 'enjoys every minute' of co-parenting girlfriend Zooey Deschanel's children
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: Jonathan Scott is enjoying every moment of co-parenting after being a "bonus dad" to Zooey Deschanel's children. The 44-year-old star of 'Property Brothers' recently opened up about his relationship with his girlfriend's two children, Charlie Wolf, 5, and Elsie Otter, 7, and how he helps co-parent the young ones with the actress and the children's father. The actor revealed he really loves sharing parenting duties with his girlfriend and her "wonderful" ex-husband, Jacob Pechenik, in a recent interview with Today.
"I always knew I would be a great dad — former clown, magician, I can build stuff — and it's been incredible," Scott said, adding that he “enjoys every minute” of being a bonus dad. "You see your life transform, your priorities become your kids, and when they have a performance that they're doing at school, or working on some of their homework, or whatever it might be, it's a joy.” The HGTV personality also recalled the moment when he first understood his connection to Elsie and Charlie.
"The first time I realized [we had a connection] ... our youngest came back from school with a picture that he had drawn, and in the picture, he has Mommy and Daddy and Jonathan and his sister and our puppies. He had drawn this whole picture. This is his happy family,” Scott recalled. "I think that was when I was like, that's pretty sweet, because the way we think of it is, he has the benefit of a 'bonus dad.’ How cool is that? You have more people that love you," as per Today.
Deschanel, 42, has also been candid about her relationship with Scott, describing him as "so sweet, he's the best" on Drew Barrymore's show in October. "The way that your man speaks about you and the way he speaks about your family .... it's like, dreamy,” Barrymore said, with Deschanel adding, “I couldn't believe he was so nice [when I met him.] People just aren't that nice generally — we've been together for over three years and he's still that nice. He goes over and fixes stuff at my parents' house, he's so nice."
The 'New Girl' actress gushed over her boyfriend when asked about her co-parenting experience during an interview with reporters at the 2022 Baby2Baby Gala in November, calling him "an amazing stepdad." "He's really very highly qualified for the job," Deschanel, 42, told reporters at the event to which Scott also added, "pretty good, yeah." In addition to appearing on Scott's HGTV shows, Deschanel supports his career and family, including his identical twin brother, Drew Scott, who welcomed his first child last year with his wife, Linda Phan. “To me, they don’t look alike at all and their personalities are so different,” When asked if they ever trick her, Deschanel replied to Kelly Clarkson, “Even without the beard, they don’t look alike to me," as per Today.
In Season 8 of 'Brother vs. Brother', which premieres on HGTV on January 11 at 9 pm ET, fans will witness more of the iconic pair as they continue to parent together.