Let’s admit it, “staying together for the kids” is definitely something that is way easier said than done. And while divorce can often get very messy, especially when children are involved, that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible to create a strong and healthy co-parenting relationship.
Here are some celebrity ex-couples who despite going their separate ways, are still killing it when it comes to co-parenting their children. Through proper communication and mutual respect, these famous parents are able to work together to keep their family bond strong. See what these celebrity exes have to say about their co-parenting strategies.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck Have Three Children Together
Since first becoming friendly on the set of films Pearl Harbor (2001) and Daredevil (2003), it didn’t take long for these two Hollywood superstars to tie the knot. By June 2005, they were saying their “I do’s” and have since had three children, 14-year-old Violet, 11-year-old Seraphina, and 8-year-old Samuel. Sadly though, the pair announced their split in 2015 and legally finalized their divorce in 2017.
The pair have joint custody of their children and are often photoed together at events and outings with the kids. When asked about his relationship with Jennifer, Ben, who is a child of divorce and has voiced regret about the split, was quoted saying “It’s important for my kids to know that I respect and care about Jen.” He continued this sentiment by saying, ”When you have children with somebody, you’re connected to them forever.”
Courtney Kardashian and Scott Disick Have Three Children Together
As one of the most publicized love stories of the century, most of us know about Kourtney and Scott’s on-again-off-again relationship, which first began back in 2006. Jump over a decade later and the pair have been separated since 2015 but have three beautiful kids together. Their three kids are 10-year-old Mason, 8-year-old Penelope, and 5-year-old Reign. Despite their split, the two continue to work hard to coparent their children.
This included going to therapy together in order to work out any issues. They celebrate all major events together and go on vacations as a family. When asked what their trick to mastering co-parenting, Kourtney said that it’s all about communicating. “It helps when you do the same routines in both houses,” She added. “We’re just raising our kids how we would have raised them, whether we’re together or not,” said Scott.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Have Two Children Together
Actress and owner of Goop Labs Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin separated back in 2016 After 12 years of marriage. However, since their split they have remained close as they continue coparenting their two kids, 16-year-old Apple and 14-year-old Martin. “It’s like you’re ending a marriage but you’re still in a family. That’s how it will be forever,” Gwyneth said about their bond.
“We also have good days and bad days, but I think it’s driving towards the same purpose of unity and love and what’s best for [our kids],” she continued. Paltrow says the key is to always remember that everything is 50/50 and to always take responsibility for your own half. “My divorce and my relationship with Chris now is better than our marriage was,” she proudly said in an interview on The Drew Barrymore Show.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Have Two Children Together
Global superstar musicians Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony first tied the knot in 2004. However, after 10 years of marriage, they finalized their divorce in 2014. They are now happily co-parenting their 12-year-old twins Emme and Maximilian. And J-Lo had nothing but good things to say about their unique situation. She not only still considers Marc a best friend, but the pair has also worked on music together since their split.
“We’re just in a really great place, and the kids get to spend time with the two of us more together and see us working together,” Lopez said in an interview with Live with Kelly. “We’re always gonna be great friends. I’m always gonna be there for him, he’s always gonna be there for me,” the star continued. “We share something very special in the kids, and we know that. We’re there for them, and that’s the main thing.”
Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper Have a Daughter Together
After four years together, actor/director Bradley Cooper and supermodel Irina Shayk decided to call it quits. But since their split, they have maintained a strong bond and a healthy relationship in order to co-parent their three-year-old daughter Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper.
Following their split, which appears to have been amicable, the pair agreed to share physical and legal custody of Lea. They both relocated to New York in order to make the transition into their co-parenting life as seamless as possible for their daughter. They also make an effort to spend quality time with Lea as a family.
Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies Have Two Children Together
Actors Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies married in August 2004 but announced their separation last summer 2019. Since then, the pair seem to be handling co-parenting their two children, seven-year-old Charlotte and five-year-old Theodore, with ease. Although they admitted it was very hard at first, especially when having to explain their situation to the kids, today they seem to be in great spirits.
According to Cook, she and Gillies are even friends again now. “We talk about things that we never talked about before because we have this new relationship,” she said. In regards to raising their kids, the She’s All That star said, “I don’t find that part any more difficult than when we were parenting-parenting,” Cook says. “It’s pretty cool to be able to divide responsibilities [50/50]. I kinda recommend it.”
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Share Two Kids Together
Between 2008 and 2014 Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon were Hollywood couple goals. Sadly though, their spark didn’t last and their divorce was finalized in 2016. While still together, the pair had twins Monroe and Moroccan, who are nine today. Since their split, Carey and Cannon have remained friends and have openly supported each other in their various endeavors.
As far as co-parenting, Cannon says the key is making sure to put the children first. “We got our egos and our selfish behavior, when you put your children first, you realize that it is all unconditional love. All of that other stuff just falls apart,” he said in an interview with US Weekly. The pair also makes sure to celebrate major holidays and birthdays together as a family.
Courteney Cox and David Arquette Have a Daughter Together
Actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette first met on the set of the 1996 horror film Scream. They tied the knot three years later but have since divorced in 2013 after 14 years of marriage. While married, the pair had their now 16-year-old daughter Coco Arquette.
Cox and Arquette managed to keep a positive relationship after their split and remain, friends today. “We’re co-parents to our daughter who’s 16, so we have a really great relationship,” Arquette shared in an interview. “We’re friends, and we’ve communicated a lot because of Coco.” Their relationship is so intact that they are even set to reunite on set for the filming of Scream 5.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe Share Two Children
Eight years after their marriage in 1999, Witherspoon and Phillippe announced their split, sighting “irreconcilable differences” as their reasoning. Today the stars, who shared the screen in the 1999 film Cruel Intentions, have two kids, 21-year-old Ava, and 17-year-old Deacon. Reese also has a third child, Tennessee Toth who she shares with her current husband Jim Toth.
Just as many others on this list echoed, Witherspoon and Phillippe found that the success of co-parenting is all about “not putting yourself first,” as Ryan put it. “It’s a feeling-out process and I think we’ve gotten to a really great place. She’s happy and remarried and our kids are incredible. I’m proud of the way we’ve handled it and who our little people are,” He continued in an interview with ABC News.
Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom Share One Son
Pirates of the Caribbean actor Orlando Bloom married Australian model Miranda Kerr back in 2010 and the couple split three years later. But not before having the most adorable baby boy, Flynn Christopher Bloom, who is now nine-years-old. As we know, Bloom has since remarried pop star Katy Perry and just two months ago had his second child, Daisy Dove Bloom.
As far as Bloom’s relationship goes with his ex, he has nothing but kind things to say about Kerr. “Miranda and I have a remarkable relationship. We co-parent really well,” he told Elle Magazine. Bloom rarely turns down the chance to offer warm praise, saying “She’s a wonderful mother, a great friend, and co-parent.”
Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum Share a Daughter
Channing Tatum met his now ex-wife, fellow dancer and actress Jenna Dewan back in 2006 on the set of Step Up. They married three years later and had their daughter Everly, who is now seven. The seemingly perfect movie-star couple shocked their fans in 2018 when they announced their split and their divorce was finalized just this year (2020).
Since their split, Dewan has remarried and recently had her second child Callum, whom she shares with her partner Steve Kazee. Meanwhile, Tatum is dating singer Jessie J. When it comes to co-parenting, the pair is still learning the ropes but agree it’s all about positivity and respect. “We’re just getting used to it,” said Dewan. “We’re in a very positive energy together, trying to be the best parents to Everly. We support each other.”
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
Prior to their split in 2017, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt were total couple goals. No one thought the Take Me Home Tonight costars would ever split. However, like most things in Hollywood, things weren’t exactly as they seemed and after eight years of marriage, they decided to part ways. But not before having their now eight year old son Jack. Today Pratt is married to Katherine Schwarzenegger and just had his second child, Lyla Maria.
Faris and Pratt have remained friendly after their split and share equal custody of Jack. “Grudge-holding is not something that Chris and I do. So, we wanted to make sure, of course, that Jack was happy, but that we were happy and supportive of each other,” Faris said. She was also very congratulatory after Pratt announced his engagement saying, “I love her and I love him. I’m just so happy that they found each other.”
Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz
Since their split in 1993, Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz really have been the guiding light for amicable Hollywood divorces. While still together the pair had their daughter Zoë Isabella Kravitz who has since grown to be a superstar just like her parents. Today she is 31 and continues to dominate the scene as an actress, model, and singer. So clearly, Bonet and Kravitz did something right.
Lenny opened up about his relationship Bonet, who has since had two children with actor Jason Momoa. “Zoe’s mom and I now are best friends. When we’re all together now, we’re all together and we’re one big happy family. It’s beautiful and it just shows you what can be done.” Lenny also has an incredible bond with Momoa.”[Jason’s] a big teddy bear. He’s a kid at heart and that’s why I love him. We really love each other.”
Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa
Real estate agents and co-stars of their hit reality series, Flip or Flop Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa were married starting in 2009. Since then they have had two kids together, ten-year-old Taylor and five-year-old Brayden. The pair filed for divorce in 2017 and it was finalized a year later.
Christina has since been married and divorced from Ant Anstead, with whom she also shares a child. When speaking about co-parenting with Moussa the star had this to say; “Everything we are doing is in the kids’ best interests. And luckily, we live close together, so we’re able to drive back and forth from each other’s houses easily. And we work together, so it’s all about communication.”
Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman
Barrymore and Kopelman were married for three years before announcing their split in 2016. Together they share two daughters, eight-year-old Olive and six-year-old Frankie. When asked about life as co-parents they expressed that, “Our children are our universe, and we look forward to living the rest of our lives with them as the first priority.”
Barrymore reflected on her situation saying “After all, I did get my dream. 2 healthy girls. Will and I continue to marvel at what we made and try to be the best co-parents we can be. It’s not always easy and the point is…nothing in life is. But it doesn’t mean that any bitter outweighs the sweet!”
Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods
Soon after his infamous cheating scandal and following seven years of marriage Tiger Woods and his then-wife, Elin Nordegren divorced in 2010. By then they had already had a family of four, sharing their 13-year-old daughter Sam Alexis and 11 year-old son Charlie Axel.
Nordegren has credited her ex-husband for changing his ways. The couple has managed to work past its differences and has maintained a close friendship as they continue co-parenting their two kids. “She’s one of my best friends. We’re able to pick up the phone, and we talk to each other all the time. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then,” said Woods.
Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady
When all-star quarterback first met actress Bridget Moynahan in 2004, they instantly hit it off. After three years of dating, however, they decided to split, and soon after Brady began dating his now-wife supermodel Gisele Bundchen. After their split, Brady, and Moynahan were shocked to find out that Moynahan was pregnant with Brady’s child. Despite the obvious complications, the two decided that they were going to make it work.
In 2007, Moynahan gave birth to their child, John Edward Thomas, who is now 13 years old. Today Brady also has two children with Gisele. Moynahan, who is now re-married says that although it was difficult at first, it all worked out in the end.”We both found partners that not only supported us in raising that child but also loved our child as if he was their own…My son is surrounded by love.”
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
After 11 years of partnership, it seemed forever wasn’t in the cards for actors Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber. Although they appeared to be living the picture-perfect family life, with their kids, 13-year-old Sasha and 11-year-old Kai, the pair decided it was best to split ways. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t winning at co-parenting. When asked about their co-strategies, Watts says that “Routine is a big part of it.”
She goes on to say, “Obviously Liev and I are actors – there is some moving – but we’ve really tried to keep the boys in the same school. Give them structure, boundaries.” As far as her relationship with Schrieber, the actress says, “There are good days and there are bad days and Liev and I are on great terms – we’re trying to do our absolute best for the sake of the children and we hope to keep moving forward in that way.”
Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa
Model and television personality Amber Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa were married from 2013 until their split in 2014. Today they have joint custody of their seven-year-old son Sebastian Taylor Thomaz. And by the sounds of it, it seems the pair have this co-parenting thing down pat. “I have pictures up of me and Wiz in his room so he can always come in and see us being happy together,” Amber revealed.
“We try to have family days with him, even though we’re not together…You’ve got to come together as friends for your baby,” Rose added, stating that keeping their son happy remains the most important thing. “We live very close to each other for Sebastian. So I can always call him. So we really co-parent well. He goes back and forth to mommy and daddy’s house all the time.”
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis
Hollywood powerhouses Demi Moore and Bruce Willis have been making headlines lately as the long-divorced couple has been quarantining together with their kids. They’ve documented this on Instagram, adorning adorable matching pajamas and looking like one big happy family. Willis and Moore were married from 1987 until 1998 and share three daughters, Rumer (32), Scout (29), and Tallulah (26).
Willis has since remarried model Emma Hemming and the pair has two kids. Willis and Moore’s oldest daughter Rumer spoke about her childhood saying her parents did everything to keep their family together. “They made such an effort to still have our family be as one unit, as opposed to two separate things, which I think really made an impact,” she said. Well, by the looks of it, it seems their co-parenting strategies were a major success.
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott
Reality star and business mogul Kylie Jenner first met her ex-beau, rapper Travis Scott while partying up at the Coachella music festival in 2017. A year later, the pair announced the birth of their daughter, Stormi, who is now two-years-old. In 2019, they decided that being in love under the public eye was just too much to handle and they went their separate ways.
Today, Jenner and Scott remain close as they co-parent their daughter. They even quarantined as a family during COVID-19 so that they would both be able to spend that time with Stormi. And despite recent rumors that they are back together, Jenner insists that she and Scott are just close friends saying “We have such a great relationship. We’re like best friends. We both love Stormi and want what’s best for her.”
Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne
Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole began dating former One Direction star Liam Payne back in 2016. She gave birth to their son Bear a year later. Today, the stars are no longer together but are successfully co-parenting Bear, who is now three-years old.
And although their parenting styles are different, the pop-stars seem to be making it work. Cole spoke about this in an interview saying, “Liam is much softer than me. But it is what it is, and I’m OK about it. When you have a baby, you are not consumed with just thinking about yourself. It’s your responsibility to keep things settled and happy, so you make the best of everything. And we have.”
Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson
If anyone is a pro at co-parenting, it’s got to be actress Kate Hudson, who has three children with three different men. She had her first child, Ryder with The Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson in 2004. The pair has been divorced since 2007 and now hass shared custody of Ryder who is 16. Hudson also shares her second child, Bingham (9) with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy and her two-year-old daughter Rani with actor Danny Fujikawa.
When asked about her secret to co-parenting Hudson says it’s all about “dropping the ego” and staying on the same page. “Chris and I, we’re good. It’s kind of funny too: Ryder really can’t get away with anything,” Kate joked. The How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days actress credits her mom, Goldie Hawn for teaching her how to co-parent, asserting that no matter what, you should always support your child’s relationship with their father.
Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen
Jumper co-stars Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen first began dating back in 2008 and had their daughter, Briar in 2014. The pair separated in 2017 and the two are now figuring out how to best co-parent their six-year-old daughter. “Most important for me is that Briar is okay and secure and stable,” Rachel told People magazine. “No matter what I’m dealing with or how much it hurts or how much anger there is, it’s just about her.”
Bilson, who is a child of divorce, is another co-parenting star that gives huge credit to her mom for teaching her how to deal with her unconventional situation. “My mom was a great mom,” says Bilson. “My parents went through a divorce and she showed me nothing but love so I was totally secure and okay when she did.”
Paula Patton and Robin Thicke
Childhood sweethearts Hitch star Paula Patton and Blurred lines singer Robin Thicke separated in 2014 after almost nine years of marriage and 21 years as a couple. And the divorce was not pretty either. Soon after the split, Patton filed a restraining order on Thicke which followed with a nasty custody battle of their now 10-year-old son Julian. The pair reached a dual custody agreement in 2017, seven months following the restraining order.
This news came just a day after Thicke’s new girlfriend, April announced her own pregnancy. Part of the custody agreement Involved Thicke, Patton and their son attending family therapy together. When asked how things were going for Patton in an interview on Good Morning America, the actress said “My son’s happy. I feel like everything happens for a reason. And then you have to move on and grow from there.”
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson
For reality star Khloe Kardashian, happily living in a blended family is nothing new. After all, her parents Kris Jenner and Rob Kardashian are one of the most famous co-parents in recent times. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy for the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star. “It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” she confided on The Ellen Degeneres Show. “You put your kids first and it’s hard sometimes, but it pays off,” she continued.
Khloe gave birth to her daughter True in 2018 whom she shares with basketball star Tristan Thompson. The pair split in 2019 but are co-parenting their now two-year-old daughter. “He’s her dad, and he’s a great dad to her. So I’m not gonna drag my feet. I’ll make it as good as I can.” Khloe said. These days, the family of three has been quarantining together and there are even rumors of them rekindling their romantic relationship.
Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli
Actors Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli first met on set while filming the 1995 film An Unfinished Affair. They got married in 2001 and today have three daughters, Luca Bella (23), Lola Ray (17), and Fiona Eve (14). After 11 years of marriage, and building a beautiful family, the pair decided to part ways and their divorce was finalized in 2013.
Since their split, and after taking some time apart, The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, and the Twilight actor learned to forgive and to work together in order to keep their family together. “I get the kids one week on and one week off so we share the kids 50/50, but if they have games and events we are both there,” Facinelli explained in a 2017 interview. Today the pair has managed to remain close friends, as they co-parent their growing children.
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
Most of us are aware of pop princess Britney Spears and her whirlwind engagement to dancer Kevin Federline. The couple got married three months after meeting in 2004. Since then they had two sons, Jayden who is 14 today and Sean who is 15. Due to “irreconcilable differences” Spears and Federline decided to split and by 2007 they were officially divorced.
Unfortunately, Spears experienced a mental breakdown in 2018 which resulted in her being held on a psychiatric hold. As a result, Federline received full custody of their boys. This then followed with a drawn-out custody battle between the two. Still today, Spears is fighting to have more time with Jayden and Sean. So maybe not all these stars have this co-parenting thing down just yet.
Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs
Actors Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs first met in 1995 when they co-starred in the original Broadway production of Rent. They were married by 2003 and in 2009 Menzel gave birth to their son Walker, who is now 11 years old. After ten years of marriage, the broadway stars called it quits on their marriage and are now co-parenting their son. And the pair agrees that the key to successful co-parenting is by always putting Walker first.
“He comes first and you have to get past your own egos and you never talk bad about each other,” Menzel explained in an interview with People Magazine. Diggs also spoke about their relationship saying, “He’s what’s most important for us, so we’re still there as a family.” “We were friends to start out with, but especially when you have a kid in the mix, there’s no time for any negativity.”
Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz
“Telling somebody what the key to [coparenting] is would be insane,” said Fall Out Boy bassist, Pete Wentz in an interview with US Weekly. “I think it’s important to listen and to give people balance,” he added. Wentz has been co-parenting with ex-wife and fellow musician Ashlee Simpson since their divorce in 2011. They had been married for three years prior to the split and raising their son Bronx, who is now 11.
Simpson has remarried actor and television personality, Evan Ross with whom she shares her second child, five-year-old Jagger. Wentz has had two children, Saint (6) and Marvel (2), with model Meagan Camper. When discussing their family dynamic, Simpson’s new hubby had this to say; “I think the fact that there is a lot of respect amongst all of us, that makes it easier. And we’re all really close friends. We got really lucky with that.”
Jewel and Ty Murray
Grammy award-nominated songstress, Jewel has been co-parenting with her pro rodeo cowboy ex-husband, Ty Murry since their separation in 2014. The pair got married 10 years previous in 2008 and share a 9-year-old son, Kase. “[Children] deserve both parents. They deserve to know that their parents respect each other, if nothing else. So that really helps me set the standard of how I try and behave,” said Jewel.
“He’s a great person and he’s a great dad,” she added. “So you really focus on those things — focus on that more than the differences that led to us splitting.” For Jewel, it’s all about doing what right for Kase and about always treating each other with respect and dignity.
Shannon Beador and David Beador
Unfortunately for Real Housewives of Orange County star Shannon Beador and her ex-husband, entrepreneur David Beador, co-parenting has not been such smooth sailing. The television personality recently opened up about her relationship with her ex saying “As far as co-parenting, it’s not really happening and that’s a shame for me.”The Beadors first announced their separation back in 2017, after 17 years as husband and wife.
Together they have shared custody of their three daughters, 18-year-old Sophie and 14-year-old twins Stella and Adeline. However, Shannon says that David, who is now expecting his fourth child with his new fiancee, wants nothing to do with her. The RHOC star spoke to US Weekly saying “I would prefer to have more of a coparent, but he’s not interested. But we’re getting through it.”
Malika Haqq and O.T. Genesis
Keeping Up with The Kardashians star Malika Haqq and rapper O.T. Genesis recently welcomed their now eight-month-old baby boy Ace Flores into the world. The couple unfortunately called it quits on their romantic relationship just a few months prior to Ace’s birth but agreed that they would co-parent their child together.
“We’ve agreed to co-parent and bring our son into a loving environment, and that’s the most important thing,” Haqq announced while she was still pregnant. And as far as how it’s going so far, Haqq revealed that she sees co-parenting “as a journey” and that “the person that will decide if it was a success is Ace.”
Mayim Bialik and Michael Stone
Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik has been co-parenting her two sons, Miles (15) and Frederick (12) since 2012 when she and her ex Michael Stone decided to split ways. Despite their divorce, Bialik and Stone have managed to keep their family together through the years. The Big Bang Theory star revealed that a big key to this was by continuing to spend time with each other’s families, creating a positive environment for their kids.
“Divorce isn’t the end of a family,” Bialik says. “It’s the end of a nuclear family. It’s the end of a family living in one house. But we still have responsibilities to each other’s families, and to our children as a family.” Bialik also advised to avoiding all “trash talk” and to try not to dwell on the past in order to move forward. She commends her ex-husband for being a loving full time dad to their two sons.
Elaina Watley and Victor Cruz
For NFL star Victor Cruz and his ex-fiance Elaina Watley, co-parenting their now eight year old daughter Kennedy, was not always easy. “Both of us resented each other in the beginning. But I think now as we’ve matured, we’ve both reached a level of maturity where now it’s at its best, said Cruz. And according to him, getting to that place was all about learning how to communicate.
“You can’t do anything as a co-parent without talking. Even if you’re no longer living under the same roof, the discussions still need to happen for the sake of your kid,” the wide-receiver explained. “The focus should never be on the parents. If your child is happy, then everyone is going to be happy.”
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
When it comes to co-parenting his three kids with Transformers actress Megan Fox, 90210 star Brian Austin Green says “There’s no rule book to it.” “There’s no way of doing it right or doing it wrong. We’re learning as we go. The important thing for us is just communicating as much as we can,” he added. The two stars were married for 10 years prior to their split and they share three kids together, Noah (8), Bodhi (6), and Journey (4).
Green also has an 18-year-old son from his previous marriage. With both their busy schedules, Fox and Green work together in order to properly care for their three kids. “When one person is traveling and working, the other one will step in and take care of the kids,” Green explained. He expanded saying, “Everyone still loves and respects everyone, things are just different. But, it’s not bad different, it’s just different.”
Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler
Former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler and reality star Kristin Cavallari were together for 10 years before announcing their split earlier this year. The pair has three kids together, Camden (8), Jaxon (6) and Saylor (4) and they have agreed to share equal custody of the children.
“Jay and I are navigating through it in the best way possible and we’re figuring it out,” the Laguna Beach star and best selling author shared. “Some days are good and some days are bad, but we’re making the most of the situation and putting our kids first.”
Monyetta Shaw and Ne-Yo
Actress Monyetta Shaw and her ex Ne-Yo have become such experts on co-parenting that Moneytta literally wrote the book on it. In September of 2018 she published her book Keep It Classy: Co-Parenting Strategies for Unstoppable Moms and Devoted Dads. And of course her inspiration for the book, which her ex Ne-Yo has since warmly endorsed, came from her own experience co-parenting her nine-year-old twins, Mason and Madilyn.
Ne-Yo, who is now remarried with two more kids, even went as far as to write the forward for the book. In it the three-time Grammy winner wrote, “I know that the love we have for our children will always push us to overcome anything that would get in the way of their happiness. This understanding strengthened the relationship we have with our kids, sped up the healing process and allowed me and Mo to be friends again.”
April Roomet and Tyson Beckford
Model and actor Tyson Beckford was all for giving celebrity stylist April Roomet most of the credit when it comes to co-parenting their son, Jordan, who at 22 years old is now all grown up. “I think [parenting] was more 60/40 — 60 her, 40 me. … Some things that she couldn’t do, I was able to do for him. But … moms in most of the situations are the ones who really are the caregivers, the nurturers,” he gushed in an interview with US Weekly.
Beckford also called Roomet an “incredible mom” and that Jordan has grown to be an outstanding young man that is “driven and consistently hustling,” as he put it. Jordan is currently working on his building up his career in the music business. He even produced the music in his dad’s commercial, promoting his new cologne Orion Skye.
Alicia Silverstone and Christopher Jarecki
Clueless star Alicia Silverstone and her musician ex-husband Christopher Jarecki separated back in 2018 after nearly 13 years of marriage and 20 years as a couple. However, they were able to move past their differences, and ultimately remained friends. “Bear and his daddy and I flow really well together,” she said when talking about co-parenting their nine-year-old son Bear.
“I’m really lucky that we’re so good at co-parenting with each other,” Silverstone added. The actress and owner of Mykind Organics was also proud to report that she and Jarecki see their son every day. And she says no schedule is needed in order to make that happen. Instead, according to Silverstone, the key is to “literally communicate every day.”
Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett
After nearly 10 years of marriage, former playmate, Kendra Wilkinson filed for divorce from her NFL alum husband Hank Baskett in 2018. And although their romantic relationship didn’t work out, Wilkinson says that to their kids, 10-year-old Hank and 6-year-old Alijah, her ex is “still the best father in the world.”
An inside source revealed that Wilkinson and Baskett share the kids, on a week on week off basis. Two years following their separation they appear to be cordial to each other however they aren’t nearly as close as some of the other co-parenting celebs out there.
Amanda Stanton and Nick Buonfiglio
Although Bachelor alum, Amanda Stanton has admitted that she and her ex-husband, Nick Buonfiglio don’t necessarily get along as they co-parent their two children, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t found ways to make their situation work. “I think it’s just about putting your kids first and doing what’s best for them. You kind of have to put your pride aside,” Stanton advised.
Stanton and Buonfiglio were married from 2012 to 2015 and the couple shares two daughters, Charlie (8) and Kinsley (6). “You have to constantly work at it and know that, at the end of the day, it’s about the kids,” Buonfiglio said in 2019. “[That’s] what’s most important. We look at what’s best for the girls. What’s most important for them is to be happy and healthy and loving and that’s kind of where we’re at, so we do our best.”
Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
Singer, songwriter and television personality Christina Aguilera is another superstar to join the ranks of co-parenting celebs. Her and her ex Jordan Bratman, who she was married to for five years, share custody of their 12-year-old son Max. “We make blended families work. It’s a beautiful thing,” Aguilera wrote alongside an Instagram photo of her and Bratman celebrating their son’s 12th birthday.
Max was two years old at the time of their separation and X-Tina spoke then about trying to keep things as normal as possible for him. Today, the Voice coach also has a six-year-old daughter, Summer, who she shares with fellow musician Matthew Rutler.
Kimora Lee Simmons and Russel Simmons
When it comes to co-parenting with record executive Russel Simmons, fashion designer and TV personality Kimora Lee says that she is the one in charge. “I’m kind of in the captain’s chair when it comes to [the] parenting of all [our] children,” the Baby Phat owner admitted in an interview with US Weekly.
But that doesn’t mean that she and Simmons aren’t on good terms. “We’re friends and he’s very supportive. We get along and it’s pretty easy.” Kimora and Russel share two daughters, Ming Lee (20) and Aokie Lii (18). She also has an 11-year-old son with actor Djimon Hounsou and a five-year-old son with her current husband, Tim Leissner.
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
Songstress, fashion designer, and The Voice judge, Gwen Stefani first met her ex-beau Gavin Rossdale when his band Bush was headlining for No Doubt back in 1995. They tied the knot in 2002 and have since had three kids, Kingston (14), Zuma (12), and Apollo (6). The couple divorced in 2016 and today Stefani is engaged to her The Voice costar Blake Shelton.
Gavin recently opened up about how the coronavirus pandemic has put an extra strain on his and Stefani’s co-parenting schedule. “I miss them, and they should be back. I have them the first week and then I haven’t had them for 10 or 11 days, and that’s a long time,” he said. “Normally, I have them every five days or something.” Gwen has shared the sentiment that she can’t wait to return her boys to their normal routine.