The 'Chrisley Knows Best' alum said Kerdiles, who died after a motorcycle accident on Sept. 23, "left a mark" on the world
On the latest episode of her Unlocked podcast, the Chrisley Knows Best alum, 26, addressed the death of the former NHL player and her decision to air the show despite discussing her new relationship with boyfriend Robert Shiver.
"This episode that you are about to hear was filmed weeks and weeks ago, and it's just now airing, but it was filmed before Nic Kerdiles passed away," she shared.
"In this episode I do mention my current relationship," she continued. "We took a break last week, we didn't air anything. That was because I wanted to respect Nic, his family, just everyone involved and everyone that's hurting with his passing right now."
The reality star then reflected on her relationship with Kerdiles and how he impacted her life during their time together, saying, “I do speak about my current relationship, but I'm also mourning the loss of someone who meant the absolute world to me.”
"Nic and I were in each other's lives for six years, we were engaged and there were so many great memories and at the end of the day, Nic made a huge impact on my life and he left such a mark on this world,” she shared. “I cannot tell you how many people have reached out and told me stories about how Nic had impacted their life."
Chrisley concluded her message by sharing the lessons she learned from Kerdiles, saying, "And if his passing teaches us anything, I think it's to love and love hard. And to treat people with so much love and kindness because that's exactly what he did. So Nic, I love you, you'll be missed and you left a mark.”
Kerdiles died in a motorcycle accident on Sept. 23 at the age of 29. At the time, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department told WRKN News 2 that the retired athlete ran through a stop sign in a residential area north of the Tennessee capital while on his motorcycle at roughly 3:30 a.m.
Authorities said Kerdiles hit the driver's side of the BMW. Though the other driver appeared to be left uninjured, Kerdiles was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.
Chrisley shared multiple emotional tributes honoring Kerdiles, the first of which was a Boomerang on her Instagram Story of the two sharing a sweet kiss.
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"I'm still hoping you respond to my text…" she wrote above the clip before later sharing a beachside pic of the pair with the caption. "Heaven gained the most beautiful angel today … I miss and love you. I'll forever save our last messages of 'I love you.'"
The Unlocked podcast host eventually posted a more extensive tribute, noting how Kerdiles' untimely death "isn't fair."
"We had some really great, bright moments, and we had some really hard ones, but the part of our relationship I will hold on to will always be the moments in the middle," she wrote, in part, in the Instagram post.
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