A breakup is not easy for anyone, but it’s made even more complicated when there are children involved because parents have to put aside their feelings for each other and focus on making their children their number-one priority. Some celebrities have been able to do just that, and despite their breakup, they have been able to treat each other in the most mature and respectful ways.
Some A-listers have relocated to be closer to each other to benefit their children, and have even gone on vacation together, and they are great examples of what co-parenting can be like. Take Chris Pratt and Anna Faris as an example, because the former couple feels co-parenting is “hugely important” and they have fostered an environment where their son is surrounded by happiness. And Jennifer Lopez has even gone so far as to call her ex-husband Marc Anthony her friend.
But every breakup is different, and some are a lot less pleasant than others. From bitter custody battles, to simply not being able to see eye-to-eye. Below are 18 parents who are doing a great job at co-parenting, and then 5 more who either think that co-parenting is extremely difficult, or they are just not able to agree on anything about raising their children.
Let's start with the 18 celebrity couples who are co-parenting like a dream...
23 Miranda Kerr And Orlando Bloom Even Live Nearby For The Welfare Of Their Son
Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom may have once been one of Hollywood’s cutest couples, but since their breakup, they have both moved on. And they have done this in one of the most mature and respectful ways, because their son, Flynn, is their number one priority.
The former couple is a great example of how to co-parent, and Kerr previously told Hello! Fashion Monthly (via Vogue) that they have remained “really close” and even live near each other because they felt it was the “right decision” for their son. She added, “Everything revolves around my son and his welfare.”
22 Chris Pratt And Anna Faris Are Mature And Considerate And Haven’t Let Their Breakup Interfere With Their Parenting
Another example of a couple who tried hard has not let their breakup affect their son’s wellbeing is Chris Pratt and Anna Faris. When the couple ended their relationship, they still wanted to try and make their son, Jack, feel as though he was surrounded by love, and Faris told Extra: “We are great and there’s so much friendship and love, and we surround Jack with love, and funny, kind, happy people, and as a result, he is really happy.”
Faris also explained that for her and Pratt, co-parenting is something that is “hugely important.” And it seems to be working for them.
21 Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow Consciously Uncoupled But Their Children Remained Their No. 1 Priority
Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow may have made one of the most annoying divorce statements ever, when they chose to use the term “consciously uncoupled,” but what is far less annoying is their approach to parenting since splitting.
Despite not being able to maintain their romantic relationship, the couple realized that they both shared values that involved the importance of family, and Paltrow spoke about their approach to co-parenting during an appearance at the #BlogHer15 conference (via E! News). “It's been hard, and you know, like, we've gone through really difficult times with it but we've always said these children are our priority," she said. And because of their children, they have continued to do things together, as a family.
20 Channing Tatum And Jenna Dewan Have A Very Positive Energy And Are Doing Their Best
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan caught fans off guard when they announced their decision to split because they had seemed so happy together. But despite calling time on their marriage, the former couple is still trying their best to co-parent for the sake of their daughter, Everly.
Dewan spoke about co-parenting in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar and although she admitted they still had a lot to learn, things were going well and they now had a “new normal.”
"We’re just getting used to it,” she continued. “We're in a very positive energy together, trying to be the best parents to Everly. We support each other."
19 Sienna Miller And Tom Sturridge May Be Exes, But They Are Also Best Friends
Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge couldn’t make their romantic relationship work, but they can take a mature approach to their parenting. The couple shares a common goal, the wellbeing of their daughter, which has helped them to find a way to make their daughter’s life as normal as possible.
They live only a few blocks away from each other in New York City, People magazine notes, and they also have developed a routine. “We do bedtime every day,” Miller told Allure (via People). "We felt like as much togetherness as possible would be ideal, and fortunately, we really love each other and are best friends, and so that works.”
18 Kourtney Kardashian And Scott Disick Still Have Loads Of Respect For Each Other After 10 Years As A Couple
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick never made it down the aisle (because they simply didn’t want to) but they were committed to each other for 10 years, and during that time they made the decision to have three children. Now that the former couple is no longer together, they still work hard to ensure that they are both present in their children’s lives.
The former couple has shared photos of their family (including each other) on their social media accounts, they have vacationed together, and they’ve managed to really make co-parenting work. According to E! News, Kardashian even told YOU magazine that she finds co-parenting “easy” adding, "Scott and I communicate all the time. You have to keep discussing what's going on because as the children grow older, the rules need to be renegotiated."
17 Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner Focus On Keeping Their Day-To-Day Lives Normal
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s split was the subject of much tabloid fodder, but things have since died down and now most people are more interested in how they are raising their children, despite not being together.
And that answer was made clear by Ben Affleck, who told CBS This Morning (via E! News) that he was a “giant fan” of his ex-wife and praised her skills as a mother. He continued, "Life doesn't always turn out exactly the way you want. We're doing our very best and we're putting our kids first and that's how we're focusing on our day to day lives and we don't know what the future's gonna hold, but each step that we take is one where we prioritize our children and everything else comes second…”
16 Reese Witherspoon And Ryan Phillippe Realize That They Have To Put Their Children First
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe got married in 1999, when Witherspoon was aged 24. Years after their divorce, she reflected on the age she got married at, explaining to UK Elle magazine (via Daily Mail) she thought it was “ridiculously young.”
The pair had two children, and when they split in 2007, they wanted their children to remain their first priority. In 2016, Phillippe spoke to Entertainment Tonight about co-parenting, saying, "You have to get to that point as a divorced parent, as any parent, where you're not putting yourself first. You want the kids' experience to be its own and not like, 'Well, I need to have my time!' We have been very good about that."
15 Kevin Federline And Britney Spears Actually Make Co-Parenting Work Because They Know They Have To Make Sacrifices
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline didn’t have the best breakup, and many people probably wouldn’t expect to see their names on a list of moms and dads who agree on co-parenting. But they have put aside their differences now, for the well-being of their sons, Sean and Jayden James. They have been able to make co-parenting work because they are able to make sacrifices and that sometimes means not being able to spend all the important holidays with their children, as Federline explained in an interview with Bravo’s Personal Space.
Speaking of traditions on Father’s Day, he said, “I’m used to not having all my kids, and this is gonna be one of those years. When you are co-parenting, you have to be willing to give up some of the things you would really like to do…”
14 Jewel And Ty Murray Feel That Children Deserve Both Parents
After 16 years together, and six years of marriage, Jewel and Ty Murray decided to call time on their relationship in 2014, E! News notes. But despite not being able to continue their romantic relationship, Jewel and Ty knew that they had to remain each other’s lives for their son, Kase.
Jewel spoke about how she and Ty transitioned in her memoir (via E! News), writing, "My number one job was being a mom. My number two job was making sure I was giving enough time to transition Ty and I into a new phase of our relationship with the divorce, and it took a lot of energy to do that…” But, ultimately she also realized that her son needed both of his parents.
“They [children] deserve to know that their parents respect each other, if nothing else," she told People. "So that really helps me set the standard of how I try and behave."
13 Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber Understand It’s Important For Their Kids To See Their Parents Care About Each Other
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber understand how important it is for their children to grow up, knowing that their parents have respect for each other. Of course, calling time on any relationship comes with its own set of challenges, but Watts and Schreiber have tried to be very positive since their breakup, and are dedicated to co-parenting their two sons.
“It’s important to support each other,” Schreiber told Sunday Today (via Yahoo!). “I was making some jokes at breakfast about Mommy with the boys and their eyes light up when I talk about her. You can see how important it is to them that their parents care about each other.”
12 David Arquette And Courteney Cox Say They Are ‘Good’ At Being Co-Parents
No one is ever going to say divorce is easy, but some couples are able to make things work better than others, and David Arquette and Courteney Cox are one of those couples. The pair married in 1999 and split in 2010, but their divorce was not finalized until three years later. And during their union, they had a daughter named Coco.
They have been dedicated to co-parenting their daughter, something which Cox spoke about with More magazine (via Daily Mail). “Obviously, kids always want their parents to be together,” she explained, “But as divorces go, this is the best one we could provide.”
According to E! News, she has also said, "We're good co-parents together."
11 Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Are Very Supportive Of Each Other
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are parents to twins, Maximilian David and Emme Maribel, and despite the couple divorcing in 2011 (three years after their twins were born), they have remained on good terms. In fact, they would even go so far as to call each other “friends,” according to Lopez.
"Marc and I are very good friends, we're very supportive," Lopez told Huffington Post. "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 because that's the doubt that they have when he's not around or they haven't seen him. That's my job to do that the same way it's his job when he's with them to say 'Mommy is working and she loves you.'"
10 Hilary Duff And Mike Comrie Are ‘Ingrained’ In Each Other’s Lives
When you choose to have a child with someone, that person will, in most cases, be a part of your child’s life, regardless of whether your romantic relationships end or not. Hilary Duff realizes that by having her son Luca with her ex Mike Comrie, he is a part of her life, and she has chosen to embrace that.
"Mike’s amazing," she told Cosmopolitan."We’re so ingrained in each other’s lives. I wouldn’t choose anyone else to co-parent with. We are really good friends and care a lot about each other.” Like many other couples, this former pair has managed to make their relationship work for the benefit of their son, and have even spent important holidays together.
9 Ashlee Simpson And Pete Wentz Praise Each Other’s Skills As Parents
Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz share a son together, Bronx, and they’re not struggling with co-parenting, in fact, they are probably one of the few couples that think of each other as friends. Wentz spoke about parenting with his ex on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live (via E! News), and praised her for her skills as a mother.
According to the publication, he said, "As a mom, she's awesome. She's an awesome mom and we get along really well when it comes to our kid now." Later, Wentz also spoke about Simpson to E! News, explaining that they were “friends” and said, "And I think the most important thing is putting your kid first, you know.”
8 Demi Moore And Bruce Willis May Have Grown Up Kids Now, But They Were Both Always In Their Lives
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis have three grown-up children now, but they are a great example of how parents can be civil towards each other, and they remained in each other’s lives while their kids were growing up.
And to get a better understanding of what a great job they did, you can hear it straight from the mouth of their daughter, Rumer. According to Huffington Post, she said: “I never had to split up vacations or split up birthdays. They always made an effort to do all of the family events still together and 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.”
7 The Respect Will Smith And Jada Pinkett Smith Have For His Ex, Sheree Zampino, Has Helped Them Parent
Will Smith was married to Sheree Zampino before he and Jada Pinkett Smith got together, and the former couple has a son, Trey. Over the years, Jada has posted many photos of Trey on her social media and has affectionately referred to him as her “bonus” child, but in order for their blended family to work, Jada and Zampino needed to have mutual respect.
She shared her thoughts on social media (via Huffington Post), writing, “Blended families are NEVER easy,” but she chose to be with Will, and Trey was “part of the package.” She continued, “Then I learned if I am going to love Trey...I had to learn to love the most important person in the world to him...his mother. And the two of us may not have always LIKED each other... but we have learned to LOVE each other.”
6 Lenny Kravitz Is Even Friends With Lisa Bonet’s Husband, And It Seems Like One Happy Family
Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz have one child together, their daughter, Zoë Kravitz, and although she is now an adult, the former couple has co-parented throughout the years. In fact, they are so chilled with each other than Bonet’s husband (and father of two of her children) Jason Momoa, has even become friends with Kravitz.
According to USA Today, Momoa and Kravitz have matching skull rings, which are meant to represent their good relationship, and the publication notes that both men have shown support for each other over the years. Kravitz has even referred to Momoa as his “brother.” It’s impressive.
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5 Alec Baldwin And Kim Basinger Had A Bitter Custody Battle For Years
Despite there being many couples who have been able to set their differences aside and find a new normal for the benefit of their children, there are some celebs whose split was filled with so much bitterness that this was not a possibility. Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger were involved in a bitter custody battle for years over their daughter, Ireland.
According to E! News, they are fine now, with Basinger noting that their relationship is “cool” but their back and forth resulted in millions in legal costs. Their divorce was also very public, which Basinger reflected on with Net-a-Porter's magazine The Edit. "Divorce is hard on a kid, no matter how you cut it," she said. "And ours was very public ... So I brought up Ireland in a very unconventional way. I just wanted her to be free…”
4 Brad And Angelina Are Believed To Have Disagreements On Parenting (And One Is More Strict Than The Other)
There was a time when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were considered couple goals for so many reasons, and they were even affectionately referred to by the celebrity couple nickname, Brangelina. Together they raised their large brood of children, and for a while, they seemed like the perfect family. But it seems their different approaches to parenting could have led to their downfall as a couple.
According to Romper, among the disagreements the couple is said to have had is their approach to schooling (it’s believed Jolie wanted to homeschool the children and Pitt wanted them to go to traditional school). There were also disagreements on discipline, and Pitt is said to have been stricter.
3 They Try, But Jessica Ciencin Henriquez Has Admitted That Co-Parenting With Josh Lucas 'Sucks'
Jessica Ciencin Henriquez and Josh Lucas share a son, and for years it seemed like they were co-parenting with ease, but that’s not the case. In an essay for Time, Henriquez penned her true feelings about co-parenting with her ex, and how it sucks. Although she freely admits that she made everyone feel like it was easy.
“For years, I’ve been waiting for someone to come clean about co-parenting. Celebrities and social media would have us believe it’s easy, even enjoyable, and I’m tired of contributing to that narrative. It’s not true,” she wrote. “As a co-parenter and frequent social media over-sharer, I’m guilty of perpetuating the notion that anyone can seamlessly transition from a couple to co-parents with grace, dignity, and ease.” She also went on to write, “Co-parenting sucks.”
2 Katie Holmes And Tom Cruise's Different Approaches To Raising Their Child May Have Contributed To Their Divorce
Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s divorce has been the topic of many articles, and there is not much clarity surrounding the relationship that they have now. But, it does seem that they are not a pair who co-parent, and their approaches on how to raise their children could have lead to their split, Digital Spy notes. Among the differences was Holmes apparently wanting Suri to go to school (which she does now) although Cruise didn’t want her too (she was homeschooled before).
The publication also notes that the parents are said to have had different stances on discipline and Cruise didn’t believe in it, while Holmes was more strict.
1 Jesse Williams And Aryn Drake-Lee Had A Bitter Custody Battle (That Included Going Against Rules)
Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee had been involved in a custody battle, which has finally been resolved and has resulted in joint custody, but before this, there was some ugliness involved in the split.
But the reason why this pair makes it onto the list is that Drake-Lee initially requested sole custody (which suggests they disagree on some points). Another issue here is the rules that were gone against, and according to SheKnows, the pair were not meant to introduce a new partner to their kids until the relationship had lasted longer than 6 months, however, Williams broke the rules by introducing his girlfriend to the children.