12 Co-Parenting Celebrity Couples: Raising Kids After Divorce
Divorce in Hollywood isn't really news. But exes keeping it friendly for the sake of their kids? Now that's headline-worthy. Here are 12 famous (and former) couples trying to make it work as co-parents.
Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz
Ashlee Simpson and musician husband Pete Wentz divorced after their marriage hit a rocky patch in 2011. What’s remained steady as a rock? Their willingness to put son Bronx first. As Wentz told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, “I feel like we both realize that we’re parents and we’re in it for our kid. That’s made it really easy. She’s an awesome mom and we get along really well when it comes to our kid now.”
Amy Poehler & Will Arnett
What’s kept the laughter going for comedians Amy Poehler and Will Arnett after they decided to end their 10-year marriage? Their two sons, Archie and Abel. “I’m 43, and I’ve found my happiness — which is my kids,” Arnett recently told Details about his post-divorce life as a co-parent.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver
Arnold and Maria’s children — Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher — are almost all grown up, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need their parents. “We work together even though we’re going through a divorce…we make sure that the kids grow up to be really good human beings,” Schwarzenegger told Entertainment Tonight in May 2012.
Charlie Sheen & Denise Richards
Would you do this for your ex? Not only are Denise Richards and ex-husband Charlie Sheen co-parents to daughters Sam and Lola, but after another of Sheen’s ex-wives, Brooke Mueller, entered drug rehab this past spring, Richards was granted temporary custody of Brooke and Charlie’s twins, Bob and Max. Rumor has it she may even seek permanent custody!
David Arquette & Courteney Cox
The Cougartown star and her funnyman ex have remained close after their 2011 split, mainly for the sake of their daughter Coco. “It’s important for kids to stay grounded. It’s crazy growing up in Hollywood, so we just try to keep her connected, real, human and honest,” Arquette told OK! magazine in 2011.
Demi Moore & Bruce Willis
Exes spending the holidays together? After divorcing in 2000, that’s exactly what Demi Moore and Bruce Willis decided to do for the sake of their three daughters, Rumor, Scout and Tallulah Belle. “We get so much from being able to share holidays and spend time with all of us together,” Moore said in March 2008. “The kids don’t have to choose. They’re getting double the support, double the love, double the encouragement.”
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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony
J-Lo and Marc Anthony split in 2011, but that doesn’t stop them from still being familia. As Lopez “We need to make sure that we are what they need us to be first. Our feelings and our struggles come second,” she told Britain’s OK magazine. “The love that we share in common for those kids comes first.”
Kate Hudson & Chris Robinson
Actress Kate Hudson and her rocker ex, Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson, are taking a team approach to raising son Ryder. “Being a single parent can be difficult, but I don’t feel I am one. Chris and I are co-parenting,” Hudson said shortly after the pair divorced in October 2007.
Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Phillippe
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe’s seven year marriage produced two children (daughter Ava, born in 1999; and son Deacon, born in 2003). The acting pair split in October 2007, but as co-parents, they’ve remained close. As Witherspoon told Parade magazine, “My ex-husband is very involved in raising our beautiful children…we’re on the same page that way. When we’re with our children, we’re very good about checking ourselves.”
Uma Thurman & Ethan Hawke
Since their divorce in 2004, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman have both moved on with other spouses and more kids, but the pair remain committed coparents to their daughter Maya and son Levon. Hawke recently praised Thurman for being such a flexible co-parent. “[We] coordinate schedules so the kids have equal time with each of us,” the actor recently told People magazine.
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Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli
After Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli split in 2012, Facinelli told People magazine, “Co-parenting takes two great parents to put their differences aside and focus on the children.” Looks like he really meant it! In the divorce settlement the two reached in 2013, not only did the actor exes agree to 50/50 joint custody of their three daughters — Luca Bella, 15, Lola Ray, 10, and Fiona Eve, 6 — but both will also contribute regular payments to a college education fund for their kids.
Sam Mendes & Kate Winslet
After Kate Winslet and director Sam Mendes split in March 2010, the couple turned their attention to co-parenting their son Jack. “We have a child together who we both love — and raising him together, jointly and without any conflict, is absolutely key,” Winslet told Harper’s Bazaar in 2011.
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