They were daytime TV’s cutest couple and companions in life and love for nearly 30 years. Steven Sabados and his partner Chris Hyndman, co-hosts of the popular Steven and Chris talk show, were inseparable – until Chris’s tragic death last August at age 49.
Now, in an exclusive and far-ranging interview, Steven, 51, opens up to Hello! Canada about the circumstances of Chris’s death and how he is dealing with the loss of his lifelong love.
“It’s just coping every day,” he tells us. “Tomorrow I could wake up and it could be just like day one. There are no ‘stages.’”
At first, says Steven, he found it difficult to be in the Toronto home
the couple shared with their Great Dane, Maxi. “It felt like I couldn’t
be here but I couldn’t leave either, because
it’s us – every corner you look at he’s here, and he always is and always will be.”
And while he briefly stepped away from the career he’d built with Chris, Steven tells Hello! he never considered giving up. “In his honour, I have to keep it moving. He would say, ‘Steven, we’ve worked too hard to let this go.’”
He’s relaunching the design line S&C Home Collection this week and is set to return to television with a new CBC daytime show.
Still, Steven’s return to the public eye doesn’t mean he’s ready to move on to a new relationship. “Chris’s mom, she’s so lovely – I was on the phone with her not too long ago and she said, ‘You know Steven, you’re such a lovely beautiful person. Maybe one day you’ll find love again’…She’s really supportive and so are my parents, but right now I just need to be with friends and paint. That’s my new relationship – paint.”