Chelsea Handler Describes "Exhausting" Andre Balazs Romance

Celebrity News Apr. 30, 2012 AT 5:16PM
Actress Chelsea Handler arrives at The Human Rights Campaign 2012 Los Angeles Gala at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Actress Chelsea Handler arrives at The Human Rights Campaign 2012 Los Angeles Gala at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

Before she and hotelier Andre Balazs decided to give their romance a second shot, Chelsea Handler was fed up with their cross-country courtship.

"It was extremely time consuming and it was really, really hard for me to focus on anything at all," Handler, 37, recently said on Marc Maron's WTF podcast. "He lived in New York and I lived in L.A., and it was a constant back and forth, flying and meeting each other. . . it was just exhausting. But I prefer a long distance relationship because I don't really want to deal with someone on a daily basis."

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The Chelsea Lately host and bestselling author added that her relationship with Balazs, 55, "kind of took the wind out of me. . . it drained me from my career, it drained me from my work. I wasn't focused on anything. It was just stress."

Andre Balazs and Chelsea Handler attend the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City.
Andre Balazs and Chelsea Handler attend the TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City.
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The couple dated for "nine months" until November 2011 and rekindled the flame several months later. "It would be nice to have a long distance relationship with someone in San Francisco, where it was an hour away," Handler quipped.

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Handler admitted that she never Skyped with Balazs or any of her previous exes, including Animal Planet's Dave Salmoni, Comcast CEO Ted Harbert or rapper 50 Cent. "That's actually really funny because I just can't ever imagine myself doing that. It's weird," she laughed. "I don't want people to see what I'm up to at night."

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