'My whole identity was in him': Olivia Culpo thought she was going to get married to ex-BF Nick Jonas

The 30-year-old model, Olivia Culpo opened up about her prior romance with Nick Jonas, 30, on the debut episode of TLC's 'The Culpo Sisters'

'My whole identity was in him': Olivia Culpo thought she was going to get married to ex-BF Nick Jonas
Olivia Culpo and Nick Jonas broke up in 2015 after nearly two years together (Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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ENCINO, CALIFORNIA: In the first episode of TLC's The Culpo Sisters, model Olivia Culpo, 30, talked openly about her previous relationship with Nick Jonas, 30. In 2015, Culpo and Jonas called it quits after over two years of dating. Producers of the reality show encouraged Culpo to talk about her relationship with the musician.

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"Do I have to talk about that?" she began, before adding, "I did date Nick and that was a very formative experience for me." As per reported by People, thinking back to the beginning of their relationship and the effects of their breakup, she continued, "I moved to L.A. with him. I had no brand, no money and I was in love. That was great right, but when he broke up with me, I was kind of left with no sense of identity."

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"My whole identity was in him," she added, "which is a very common story of a young person in love. I thought we were going to get married, I thought all the things, and I just remember night after night looking up at my ceiling in my apartment that I couldn't afford thinking to myself how am I going to pay my rent." She admit that at the time, "I couldn't even afford my groceries. It was a serious, pivotal moment for me, but it was something that taught me that you can't give up."

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Musician Nick Jonas (L) and model Olivia Culpo attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Olivia Culpo thought she and Nick Jonas would last forever and get married someday 
  (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Culpo, who started dating Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers in 2019, has successfully moved on since their breakup. Jonas is also wed to actress Priyanka Chopra.  Culpo made McCaffrey an exception to her "no athletes ever again" dating rule after also dating football stars Danny Amendola and Tim Tebow, as well as Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.

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Christian McCaffrey and Olivia Culpo attend AT&T TV Super Saturday Night at Meridian at Island Gardens on February 01, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
Olivia Culpo is currently dating Christian Jackson McCaffrey, an American football player (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for AT&T)

She confessed to Entertainment Tonight earlier this month that she doesn't have some of the worries she did with past athletes with her current beau. "He's just the best, I feel like he is really everything that I could ever ask for," she said of McCaffrey, 26. "So I never have to worry about anything. I think that was the reason why I didn't want to date an athlete, no offense because there is a reputation there." Culpo continued, "He just comes from a great family. We have a lot in common in that respect. I feel like you can really tell who a person is by the people that raise them, and I just love his parents so much. They have a great relationship."

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McCaffrey has a "good head on his shoulders," the Culpo Sisters performer told ET, and the two are planning their future together. The former Miss Universe joked about how "hot" her beau is and expressed her "excitement" for what lies ahead for them. It's easy to conclude that the famous athlete admires Culpo for being true to himself. On the premiere of The Culpo Sisters, she quipped, "His favorite version of me is zit cream, hair down, and no makeup."
 
 

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