Rachel Bilson Talks About Co-Parenting With Ex Hayden Christensen
Rachel Bilson is a newly single mother to her 3 ½ and year-old daughter Briar Rose. Bilson and her daughter’s father actor Hayden Christensen recently broke off their 10-year relationship and the actress told People exclusively that “we’re still kind of trying to figure it out,” when it comes to co-parenting Briar.
Among her busy schedule of being a mom, the 36-year-old actress has a new gig on ABC’s Take Two as a TV-star turned private investigator. Her work has taken Bilson to Vancouver where the show films and being a single mom means Rachel needs help and leans on her mom to help out when she’s working.
Bilson opened up about the challenges that come with a newly co-parenting situation, one that she and Christensen, 37, are still working the kinks out. “It’s a tricky one. And I don’t know that there is a right way, necessarily.”
The O.C. alum goes on to tell how she and her ex Hayden explain to their daughter their new family dynamics. “We say Mommy has a house and Daddy has a house but she’s pretty young to have an in-depth conversation. Most important for me is that Briar is okay and secure and stable. No matter what I’m dealing with or how much it hurts or how much anger there is, it’s just about her.”
Bilson has her mom Janice Stango to help guide her through this tricky time, as Rachel was raised in a divorced household herself. “My mom was a great mom. My parents went through a divorce and she showed me nothing but love so I was totally secure and okay when she did.”
She went on to say, “Briar, needs to feel loved from the people she loves the most. She has that love that is unconditional so I think we’re doing okay.”
The newly single mom is enjoying the simple moments she shares with her daughter. Bilson shared that she and Briar enjoy baking cookies and muffins and singing along to their favorite Disney songs.
“I’m doing everything right now,” says Bilson. “I’m working and I have my girl and I have this cool house with the bunk beds that she really wants. I don’t really know what’s next, but I’m enjoying the moment.”