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29 celebrity exes who are co-parenting their kids after they split

From Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck to Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum, these celeb exes reveal how they make co-parenting work for their families.

29 celebrity exes who are co-parenting their kids after they split

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Celebrity co-parents

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson is a co-parenting pro with not one, but two exes to help raise her sons Ryder Robinson, 15, and Bingham Hawn Bellamy, 7. In a recent guest spot on the Divorce Sucks! podcast, Kate revealed how she manages co-parenting with exes Chris Robinson and Matt Bellamy (while also raising her newborn daughter Rani Rose with her current boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa). “My situation is quite amazing,” she said. “They all get along. It’s funny, and we laugh about it. I never thought my life would look like that, but it is what it is. All I care about is happy kids, and we all make that the priority.” Her #1 rule, though: No bad-mouthing exes in front of the kids. 

Kate and her two sons Ryder and BinghamKate and her two sons, Ryder and Bingham. Photo: @katehudson via Instagram

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris

While Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are no longer a power couple, they are still super parents. In November 2018, Entertainment Tonight revealed that the two signed a court document agreeing to live within five miles of each other for the next five years for the sake of their son, Jack. This document also outlines that both would have shared custody and keep a shared bank account for Jack’s medical expenses and extra-curricular activities.

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris hold each other as they pose for a photo at a movie premiere.Photo: Jason LaVeris / Getty Images


Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Even though they’re no longer together, Jennifer Garner will still wish Ben Affleck a Happy Father’s Day. In June 2018, the actress acknowledged the father of her three kids, Violet, Seraphina Rose and Samuel, in a sweet tribute post on Instagram. In the caption, Jennifer wrote “Our kids are lucky to have a dad who looks at them the way you look at them and loves them the way you love them, @benaffleck.”

Jennifer Gardner and Ben Affleck hold hands as they pose together for a photo.Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

A family honeymoon? Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin may have just won the ultimate co-parenting award! In January 2019, the Goop founder revealed on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan that after tying the knot with producer Brad Falchuk, the newlyweds spent their honeymoon in the Maldives with Gwyneth’s ex-husband Chris, their two children and Brad’s kids. She called it a “Very modern honeymoon.” Modern indeed!

Gwyneth Paltrow is clapping and smiling at Chris Martin at a dinner event.Photo: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore

If you think co-parenting is a recent phenomenon, think again. According to the Huffington Post, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore set the trend after their divorce in 2000, continuing to go on vacation and celebrate birthdays as a family. Bruce and Demi’s oldest child, Rumer, who is now in her 30s, was quoted saying that she is “so thankful and grateful” for her parents’ efforts to work together and have their family as “one unit.”

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore pose together at an event.Photo: Phil Faraone / Getty Images


Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom are taking co-parenting up a notch by living across the street from each other. In an interview in May 2015, the supermodel talked about how she moved from New York to Los Angeles to be closer to Orlando and their son, Flynn. According to Miranda, it was a “decision as a family that we made” that “felt better” for them. Great decision guys!

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom hold hands while they pose for a photo together.Photo: Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images

Kevin and Torrei Hart

Co-parenting is no joke for the Hart family! In a video post on Instagram in November 2018, Torrei Hart thanked her ex-husband Kevin for all his help in putting together a Fortnite-themed birthday party for their son, Hendrix. She wrote in her caption, “I have never seen so much joy and happiness in our sons face. He truly lived his dreams. Thank you @kevinhart4real for always going along with my over the top themes. This couldn’t have happened without you.”

Kevin and Torrei Hart pose with their kids and friends at a birthday party.Photo: @torreihart via Instagram

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey

Nick Cannon had the best response when asked about co-parenting with his former wife, Mariah Carey. In 2018, Nick said, “Luckily, I’ve been blessed to share this experience with someone I really admire and have so much respect for.” How sweet! The father of twins Monroe and Moroccan added that when it comes to co-parenting, you have to be selfless. “You kinda put everything else to the side and really focus.”

Nick Cannon, in a suit, and Mariah Carey, in a blue dress, pose together on the red carpet.Photo: Brian To / Getty Images


Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick

There’s no co-parenting drama between Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick. In an interview with YOU magazine from August 2016, Kourtney said that she finds “co-parenting really easy” because communication plays a big role. According to Kourtney, “You have to keep discussing what’s going on because as the children grow older, the rules need to be renegotiated.” Way to keep it real, Kourtney!

Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick pose together for a picture at a Hollywood event.Photo: Valerie Macon / Getty Images

Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum

For Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum, it’s taking some time to get the hang of co-parenting and adjust to their lives as single parents. In a May 2018 interview with People, the actress said, “We’re just getting used to it. We’re in a very positive energy together, trying to be the best parents to Everly. We support each other.” Keep trying Jenna and Channing—you two will be pros in no time!

Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum have an arm around each other as they pose for a photo together.Photo: Greg Doherty / Getty Images

Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts

The co-parenting struggle is real! In January 2018, Liev Schreiber said he was “still trying to adjust,” to co-parenting one year after his divorce from Naomi Watts. Keeping his head up, the Ray Donovan star says that his friendship with his ex is a “priority for the sake of their children,” sons Alexandar “Sasha” Pete and Samuel Kai. “We’re parents together so we’ll be together for the rest of our lives no matter what and we’re very close.”

Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts pose together on the red carpet for a picture. Liev has his arm around NaomiPhoto: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images


Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe

Co-parenting is a trade-off—and Reese Witherspoon and her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe know this well. In November 2016, Ryan told People that he puts his “kid’s experience,” above his own, which is maintained especially well over the holidays. “You have to get to a point as a divorced parent, as any parent, where you’re not putting yourself first,” says Ryan, “We have been very good about that.”

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, who has an arm around Reese, pose together on the red carpetPhoto: WireImage / Getty Images

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman

If you approach co-parenting with lots of planning, you and Drew Barrymore have something in common. In 2016 at the Once Upon a Time Gala in LA, the actress and entrepreneur told Entertainment Tonight that she thinks “constant plans” are the key to why she is adjusting well to her new role as a co-parent with Will Kopelman. Drew’s so good at it, in fact, that you won’t believe her plans for Halloween! “We, as a family, have three dates for this Halloween.”

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman hold hands on the red carpet as they pose together for a photograph.Photo: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel put it best about how to co-parent: the kid comes first! “It’s all about that,” the Frozen star said in 2016 when asked about raising her son, Walker, with Taye Diggs. “He comes first and you have to get past your own egos and you never talk bad about each other.” In 2015, Taye also expressed the same beliefs about co-parenting. “He’s what is most important for us, so we’re still there as a family.”

Taye Diggs holds Idina Menzel's then-pregnant belly as they pose for a picture together.Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images


Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

When Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony separated in 2011, it became her co-parenting mission to continue to reassure their twins, Max and Emme, that both parents love them. In a 2014 interview with the Huffington Post, Jennifer said “I feel it’s my responsibility as a mom when their dad is not there to let them know that their dad loves them very much… it’s his job when he’s with them to say ‘Mommy is working and she loves you.’”

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony pose together on the Grammy awards red carpet.Photo: Steve Granitz / Getty Images

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose

Amber Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa may be the most laidback co-parents ever. In June 2018, Amber told People that the duo don’t have a strict schedule for who gets to spend time with their son, Sebastian. “He goes back and forth to mommy and daddy’s house all the time.” Besides their lax schedule, Amber also hangs photos up of her and Wiz in Sebastian’s room, “so he can always come in and see us being happy together.”

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose both pose together on the Grammy Awards carpet.Photo: Dan McMdean / Getty Images

Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet

After all this time, there is still a lot of love between co-parents Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet—just ask their daughter, Zoe Kravitz. In a 2015 chat with Us Weekly, Zoe talked about their close bond. “They have so much love for each other,” she revealed. “My dad and stepdad get along really well.” Zoe’s mom and stepdad, actor Jason Momoa, have added two more kids to their big, happy family. “As long as everyone can be in the same room together, and love each other, it’s totally healthy.”

Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, both sitting down, pose for a photo together at an event.Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty Images


Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie

What better way for Hilary Duff and retired NHL player Mike Comrie to practice co-parenting than a family vacation? In 2016, the actress shared a series of sunny snaps from Maui with Mike and their son, Luca, just a week after their divorce was finalized. When talking about their new roles, Hilary said that they share pictures of Luca when the other is not around. “We have such a great kid, and we’re both so obsessed with him.”

Singer Hilary Duff and LA Kings hockey player Mike Comrie pose together for a photo at a hollywood event.Photo: Michael Tran / Getty Images

Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart

Former Grey’s Anatomy actor Eric Dane and his ex-wife Rebecca Gayheart are another co-parenting duo to add to the list. The pair decided to divorce in 2018 and released a joint statement published on E! News saying that they will “work as a team to co-parent our two beautiful girls as they are the most important thing in the world to us.”

Eric Dane holding Rebecca Gayheart from behind as they pose for a picture together.Photo: David Livingston / Getty Images

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have some advice for new co-parents struggling with routine: it gets better over time! In 2018, Kevin told People that co-parenting sons Sean and Jayden with Britney has improved. “You fall into your routine and [co-parenting] is really easy now. It wasn’t always easy, but it’s a lot easier now.” We’re glad you two could make it work, Kevin!

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline walking along the red carpet together, holding hands.Photo: Mirek Townski / Getty Images


Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson

Here’s another couple of co-parents who are making it work! Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz have been co-parenting their son, Bronx, since 2011. “We have a kid together. Our kid is awesome. He’s great.” says Pete.  It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the pair, but perspective has helped them both to grow in their new relationship. “We’ve actually figured out how to parent in a really good, healthy way.”

Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson, both in all black, pose together for a photo.Photo: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale

As co-parents you won’t always agree on everything, and don’t Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale know it. In September 2018, People reported that Gwen ad Gavin were hard at work together ironing out their differences in parenting style. But despite it all, Gavin says that the well-being of their three boys, Kingston, Zuma and Apollo, is something he and Gwen both agree on. “We both just want the kids to be as safe and as happy as possible, so that’s the only focus we have.”

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale holding hands while they pose for a picture together.Photo: Steve Grantiz / Getty Images

Courteney Cox and David Arquette

The key to Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s co-parenting strategy is supporting each other. Courteney told People in 2018 that she and David believe this is important in keeping their daughter, Coco, supported and balanced. “You don’t want to go in one house and have anything split, you want it to be harmonious in both places.”

Courteney Cox and David Arquette posing together for a picture.Photo: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Will Smith and Sheree Zampino

Families that work together, stay together! When Will Smith married his current wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, she became a second mom to his son Trey, whom the couple co-parent with his former wife, Sheree Zampino. Jada commented on their dynamic in a now-deleted Facebook post: “When I married Will, I knew Trey was part of the package… if I am going to love Trey… I had to learn to love the most important person in the world to him… his mother.”

Will Smith and Sheree Zampino posing outside at night-time for a picture together.Photo: Ron Galella / Getty Images

Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy

Could you work with your former spouse? Because Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy are co-parents and business partners. Kate and Matt, who share son Bingham, also co-own a winery called Hudson Bellamy Wine. In a 2015 interview with Wine Enthusiast, Kate talked about their relationship, saying, “We’re family for the rest of our lives, we have a beautiful baby and we love making wine.”

Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy pose for a photo together.Photo: Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images

Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli

If Jennie Garth has learned anything from co-parenting with ex Peter Facinelli, it’s to let go of the past. “I learned that forgiveness is possible and time heals wounds,” Jennie explained to US Weekly in 2018. “Which is hard to believe when you’re in it. But it all works out in the end.” And the Beverly Hills 90210 actress and mother of three daughters had more insight to share. “I think in general it’s more important that you need to focus on you and what makes you happy and what makes you, you.”

Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli pose for a picture together before an event.Photo: Grey Gershoff / Getty Images


Fergie and Josh Duhamel

Fergie and Josh Duhamel found a happy ending being co-parents. As a source told E! News of the couple’s co-parenting relationship, “They get along much better now that they are apart than they are together.” The two have been very supportive of each other’s dating and help one another out with parenting their son, Axl, when things get busy. “Their son comes first and they never let anything get in the way of that,” the source added.

Josh Duhamel and Fergie pose for a picture together outside venue.Photo: Patrick McMullan / Getty Images

Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa

What is the secret to co-parents Christina and Tarek El Moussa’s good dynamic? Communciation and positivity. In an Us Weekly podcast Christina explained that her successful co-parenting relationship with Tarek works by being on the same page. “We just make sure that whatever’s best for the kids is what we’re going to do,” said Christina. She also says to surround yourself with really good people. “I have a very close, tight group of friends. I lean on them for support.”

Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa pose for a family photo with their two children, Taylor and Brayden.Photo: @therealtarekelmoussa via Instagram

Jewel and Ty Murray

Jewel told People in January 2017 that before co-parenting with Ty Murray, she asked herself one question. “Going through a divorce really caused me to say… What kind of women do I want my son to know?” The singer and the rodeo cowboy are putting in the effort to raise their son, Kase, but co-parenting has been tough. “It’s not easy. It takes active work,” says Jewel. “You’re in a relationship forever, so learning to treat one another with respect… and just doing the right thing for Kase.”

Rodeo cowboy Ty Murray and singer Jewel standing beside each other on a stage with microphonesPhoto: John Shearer / Getty Images

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