Although their fairy tale romance came to an end, there are many famous exes in Hollywood keeping the peace for their kids. From Fergie and Josh Duhamel, to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, to Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, let’s take a look at the friendliest exes in Tinseltown who maintain a united front for their children.
Fergie & Josh Duhamel:
Grammy Award-winning singer Fergie recently dished on co-parenting her 4-year-old son Axl with estranged husband, Safe Haven star Josh Duhamel.
“I’m good, as good as you can be with a separation. The good thing is we don’t lose each other as parents,” the You Already Know hitmaker, 42, said of their split.
She went on to talk about keeping a sense of normalcy for their preschooler.
“All of our cousins are still cousins. Everything basically is staying the same, except we’re not a romantic couple anymore,” she continued. “I love Josh. We’re making it work. We’re both working full time right now.”
It sounds like the former couple are putting on a united front for their son.
“We are just making it happen,” she shared. “We’ve got Axl and we’re just working parents.”
The Black Eyed Peas frontwoman and the Transformers star, 44, began dating in 2004 before trying the knot in 2009. In September, the A-listers announced the end of their 8-year marriage.
“With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” said the couple in a joint statement. “To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”
In an interview on The Wendy Williams Show, the single mom discusses their upcoming divorce.
Through tears, the Big Girls Don’t Cry hitmaker explained that she “loves Josh” and it’s all about raising their son together.
“We forever have that project together,” she said of co-parenting in peace. “And we’re doing the best we can.”
She went on to admit her disappointment over the split.
“It wasn’t my plan. I wanted to stay married forever,” Fergie admitted.
In September, she opened up to Entertainment Tonight about their amicable break up.
“We’re great friends, Josh and I, there’s so much love that we have for each other,” she shared. “We really like each other, we have fun with each other. We’re just not a romantic couple anymore.”
Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin:
Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her famous ex-husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, have kept the peace, and their friendship, since ending their 13-year marriage.
The Emma actress, 45, and the Something Just Like This hitmaker, 40, have remained amicable since “conscious uncoupling” in March 2014. They finalized their divorce in April 2015, and continue to peacefully co-parent their two children — daughter Apple, 13, and son Moses, 11.
“It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,” Gwyneth and Martin announced at the time of their split in 2014, under the title “Conscious Uncoupling.”
“We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate,” the statement continued.
According to a legal document filed by Paltrow, both parties have forfeited their rights to spousal support.
In Dec. 2016, the Sliding Doors actress dished on their united front.
“He’s at my house every single day,” Paltrow said. “We have our own lives but we still have our family life. To this day, Chris would take a bullet for me, even though I’m not his wife. I honestly think Chris and I have contributed something positive to the culture of divorce.”
Then in June 2017, the Iron Man star said that divorce doesn’t have to be a negative thing.
“I wanted to turn my divorce into a positive,” Paltrow said. “What if I didn’t blame the other person for anything, and held myself 100% accountable? What if I checked my own s–- at the door and put my children first? And reminded myself about the things about my ex-husband that I love, and fostered the friendship? What I put myself through to get there was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
And she addressed their infamous phrase “consciously uncoupling.”
“People are coming around,” she laughed. “I know it’s a dorky term, but it’s very worthwhile. I’m always the person who gets s–t at first, but then later people say, ‘Hey, maybe that’s a good idea.’ I don’t mind.”
Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli:
In March 2012, the Nurse Jackie star, 43, and the What I Like About You actress, 45, announced their plans for divorce after 12 years of marriage.
“While we have decided to end our marriage, we both share the same deep love and devotion to our children,” Facinelli and Garth said in a joint statement. “We remain dedicated to raising our beautiful daughters together. We ask for privacy and respect during this time.”
Last month, the single father-of-three opened up about their divorce and united front.
“Once a break up happens you need to go through the healing process first,” Facinelli shared. “Love is blind and hindsight is 20/20. People come into your life for a reason and relationships can change and just because we aren’t living together, doesn’t mean you can’t love each other. I think once, there was a time where we had to learn that we had to be able to move forward with love and respect.”
According to the Twilight star, it’s all about keeping a happy family life.
“As long as mom and dad are happy, the kids are happy,” he said. “Anyone going through a breakup should know, kids need to see mom and dad happy. As long as they know they͛re happy, they know they will be okay.”
And they’ve had great success blending their families with Garth’s husband Dave Abrams and Facinelli’s girlfriend Lily Anne Harrison.
“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 said. “We talk all the time about co-parenting and the kids. I really like her husband and I think he’s a great guy.”
Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick:
In September, former couple Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick dished on co-parenting their three children — sons Mason, 7, and Reign, 2, and 5-year-old daughter Penelope — during the 90-minute 10th anniversary special of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
“I guess we’re co-parenting our kids and just trying to get along,” Kardashian, 38, said. “I mean, he’s family. But I mean, we’re definitely psychotic. I think that since we’ve broken up the last time, which was almost two years ago, we’ve never been back together, even though we travel together with the kids.”
Disick, 34, added, “There’s zero connection, she made that very clear just now. I just want everyone to know we are just co-parenting. No, but she’s like the only person I’ve ever loved in my life, so I think she’s cute and stuff. I try to f— her once a week.”
In April, the on-again-off-again couple – who were never married – went on a family vacation in Hawaii.
“MOM and DAD back at it again with the coparenting skills,” the reality star Instagrammed the selfie.
Earlier this year during an episode of KUWTK, Disick proclaimed his love for the mother of his children.
“I will never be over her. She’s the love of my life,” he said of Kardashian, adding, “I just hope that one day she understands that I would never want to be with anybody but her.”
That said, the mom-of-three is keeping it real.
“I’ve told him, I’m living my life and you’re working on you,” Kardashian said. “You’ve never been better, but you’re so inconsistent. I need to see if you can be consistent.”
Sienna Miller & Tom Sturridge:
In April, American Sniper star Sienna Miller opened up about co-parenting her 5-year-old daughter Marlowe with ex-fiancé Tom Sturridge.
As it turns out, the formerly engaged couple are “best friends” for the sake of their growing girl.
“We still love each other,” Miller said of Sturridge. “I think in a break-up somebody has to be a little bit cruel in order for it to be traditional, but it’s not been acrimonious in a way where you would choose to not be around that person.”
The friendly exes go on holidays together and even stay over at each others’ homes.
“We don’t live together, as has been reported recently, but we do half the time,” she shared. “Everybody will stay over or we’ll all go on holiday and that’s because we genuinely want to be around each other. It’s great for our daughter that she has two parents who love each other and are friends. He’s definitely my best friend in the entire world.”
Ans since they live within a few blocks from each other, the former couple shares the bedtime routine every night.
“We do bedtime every day,” Miller shared. “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. It’s not that it’s not complicated, because it is.”
Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman:
In February, E.T. star Drew Barrymore opened up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show about peacefully co-parenting her two daughters — Olive, 5, and Frankie, 3 — with ex-husband Will Kopelman.
“It’s interesting, I saw this article the other day written about me — and I never see articles written about me — and it was like, ‘My Modern Family.’ And I was like, ‘I like that; that has a nice ring to it,’ ” the Blended star, 42, said.
She added: “I so wanted to raise kids in this ultra-traditional way and do everything so the polar opposite of my experience.”
The mom-of-two is sure to walk the walk, and talk the talk with her modern family.
“It really is about the tone you set. And you can talk until you’re blue in the face, but kids watch what you do every single day of your life, all day long, and that behavior and that example and that love and community and honesty is what’s making everything feel safe for my kids,” the Santa Clarita Diet actress shared.
Regardless of their split, it’s all about family for the single mom.
“That’s really the intention I had as a parent was, ‘How do my kids have this incredible sense of freedom inside their heart?’ ” she shared. ” ‘Cause they know I’ve got them and their dad’s got them and Grammy and Poppy — I’m wearing Grammy’s necklace right now — their cousins and [Will’s sister Jill Kargman].”
She added: “I got two families. I went from like zero to two, and it’s a miracle and a blessing. And we do it in a way that I think a lot of other people are probably doing it too. And sometimes, again, the road is different than what you try to make it or what you expected and you just figure it out and you figure it out with grace.”
While the actress did not issue a public announcement of their split, The Wedding Singer star filed for divorce in July 2016 and the divorce was granted on Aug. 3, 2016, after 4 years of marriage.
In Nov. 2016, Barrymore supported Kopelman during his participation in the New York City Marathon.
In several Instagram images, the actress shared the hugs, signs and love that her ex-husband encountered when he crossed the finish line.
“#showingthegirls #tofinsihistowin #proud,” Drew captioned a snapshot. “#Congratulations.”
“#ProudofDad,” she added. “#family #nycmarathon #jobwelldone.”
Hilary Duff & Mike Comrie:
Lizzie McGuire alum Hilary Duff has opened up about co-parenting her 5-year-old son Luca with ex-husband Mike Comrie.
“Mike’s amazing … We’re so ingrained in each other’s lives,” Duff said earlier this year. “I wouldn’t choose anyone else to co-parent with. We are really good friends and care a lot about each other.”
Although they split two years prior, the Sparks singer and the former hocker star, 37, finalized their divorce on Jan. 28, 2016, after 6 years of marriage.
Reportedly, the exes share joint custody of their son, with neither party receiving spousal support.
Last year, the So Yesterday hitmaker talked about co-parenting in peace.
“We have such a great kid, and we’re both so obsessed with him,” Duff shared. “We are good friends and we laugh a lot and we have a great communication. We share pictures when one is not with Luca. Yeah, he’s great. We are great and we keep on trucking.”
And last Christmas, Comrie posed with the Duff family for their annual holiday card.
“A little holiday spirit,” the Younger star, 30, captioned the image including her ex-husband and their son.
The family photo also includes Hilary’s mother Susan, sister Haylie Duff, her fiancé Matt Rosenberg and their daughter Ryan.
Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony:
In April, pop star Jennifer Lopez opened up about co-parenting her 9-year-old twins Max and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony.
“When it comes to work, I never get tired. But with personal failures, I have thought, ‘This is too hard.’ When my marriage ended, it was not easy to find forgiveness,” J.Lo admitted. “It wasn’t the dream that I had hoped for, and it would have been easier to fan the flames of resentment, disappointment, and anger. But Marc is the father of my children, and that’s never going away. So, I have to work to make things right. And that is, by far, the hardest work I do.”
In July 2011, the high-profile couple announced their plans for divorce after 7 years of marriage. They both filed divorce papers asking for joint legal and physical custody of the twins.
“We have decided to end our marriage,” Lopez and Anthony said in a joint statement. “This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved, and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time.”
While the split was a tough decision, the former couple have kept a united front for their kids.
“When Marc and I decided to separate, I thought, ‘I’m not going to let this turn me into someone unhopeful who doesn’t believe [in love] anymore.’” J.Lo said. “I didn’t want to just survive it. I wanted to grow from it. And I did learn a lot.”
“Most importantly, to love myself first,” she continued. “As women, I don’t think we do that enough. We always love somebody else more than ourselves.”
Kate Hudson & Matt Bellamy & Chris Robinson:
Actress Kate Hudson is a busy single mom to sons Ryder, 13, and Bingham, 6.
The Almost Famous actress, 38, has dished on co-parenting Ryder with ex-husband Chris Robinson and Bing with ex-fiancé Matt Bellamy.
“It’s hard to let go of something, even when you know that it’s not right,” Hudson shared. “I’ve chosen something in my life that I’m very comfortable with that goes against a lot of people’s more traditional feelings. If something’s not right, I don’t believe in maintaining something for the sake of what’s considered a traditional family, because I believe that there are different ways to raise children. It’s far more effective to raise children in happy homes.”
In February, the Bride Wars actress and the Muse frontman, 39, took their son to see his favorite band.
“Surprised the boys tonight with their favorite band @twentyonepilots. Thank you guys and the whole TOP family for making it so special. We had a blast,” the Deepwater Horizon actress, 37, captioned the group photo, which included her elder son Ryder.
And in July 2016, Hudson and Bellamy were photographed outside the London stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
“Happy Bday Bing!!! #harrypotterandthecursedchild @katehudson,” the Uprising hitmaker Instagrammed the image.
Miranda Kerr & Orlando Bloom:
Although supermodel Miranda Kerr and Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom split in 2013 after 3 years of marriage, the former couple are the best of friends.
Kerr has talked about peacefully co-parenting their son together.
“It’s really nice that Orlando and I now live so close to each other, and it’s a really good life for Flynn,” she shared.
Their son was very young when they decided to split, which made the former couple prioritize their family life.
“Flynn was two, so it was really hard to make the decision, but our son is our priority so you have to come from love,” Kerr shared. “You have to be kind.”
And now it’s a “modern family” for Bloom, Kerr and her new husband, Snapchat co-founder and billionaire Evan Spiegel.
“[Orlando and I decided] that we had to know the person for six months and feel good about them,” Kerr said at the time. “Evan met Flynn, so yeah, things are going well. Orlando thinks he’s great. We’re just a modern family now!”