It's no secret that Hollywood is full of messy breakups. But when there are children at stake, some ex-couples make it work. Here's a list of over 25 stars who co-parent their kids even after calling it quits.
Lisa Bonet & Lenny Kravitz
Actress Lisa Bonet and musician Lenny Kravitz are one of the OG's of modern-day Hollywood co-parenting. The pair were married from 1987 until 1993 and co-parented their daughter, Zoe Kravitz, after the split.
"When we're all together now... we're one big happy family," shared Lenny. "It's beautiful, and it just shows you what can be done." The mature father also has a good relationship with his ex's current husband, Jason Momoa. "We really love each other," Kravitz said of Momoa. Kudos to this incredible modern family!
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
These talented artists said their "I do's" in 2004 and had twins Emme and Maximilian before their 2014 divorce. The pair are now co-parenting bosses as well as good friends. "We're just in a really great place, and the kids get to spend time with the two of us more together and see us working together," Lopez told Live with Kelly.
"We're always gonna be great friends. I'm always gonna be there for him; he's always gonna be there for me," she added. "We share something very special in the kids, and we know that. We're there for them, and that's the main thing." Awww, how sweet!
Malika Haqq & O.T. Genasis
Khloe Kardashian's best friend, Malika Haqq, and rapper O.T. Genasis dated on and off for two years until they called it quits in June 2019. But before the breakup, Malika became pregnant with O.T.'s son. The pair decided to co-parent their child, Ace.
"We've agreed to co-parent and bring our son into a loving environment, and that's the most important thing," Malika said while pregnant. Now that her son is born, Haqq said he will determine whether his parents did a good job. "Co-parenting is a journey. The person that will decide if it was a success is Ace," she explained.
Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon had a 6-week whirlwind romance before getting married in April 2008. Three years after they wed, the couple had fraternal twins, Moroccan and Monroe. Since their divorce in 2016, Mariah and Nick have worked hard at co-parenting their kids. "It's all about love," Cannon shared.
"A lot of times, when you think about breakups in relationships, it's usually over ego. And if you can remove your ego from that, and make it about your loved ones, then that's what it's about." The comedian knows that their kids' happiness is what matters most.
Miranda Kerr & Orlando Bloom
Actor Orlando Bloom and supermodel Miranda Kerr tied the knot in 2010 and sadly split three years later. The pair are on good terms and continue to co-parent their son, Flynn Christopher Bloom. The Pirates of the Caribbean star shared some words of kindness regarding his ex-wife.
"Miranda and I have a remarkable relationship. We co-parent really well," Bloom told Elle Magazine. "She's a wonderful mother, a great friend, and co-parent." Wow, if only all exes talked about their former partners that way, we'd have a lot less Twitter feuds!
Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
Hollywood stars Megan Fox and Brian Green co-parent three children together, Noah, Bodhi, and Journey. The pair seems to have a good balance in their routine. "When one person is traveling and working, the other one will step in and take care of the kids," Brian shared.
The actor doesn't believe there's any specific way to co-parent successfully. "There's no way of doing it right or doing it wrong. We're learning as we go," Green said. "Everyone still loves and respects everyone; things are just different. But, it's not a bad different, it's just different." We love the positive outlook!
Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott
Reality TV star Kylie Jenner and rapper Travis Scott had a strong connection when they met at Coachella in 2017. After an extremely low-profile pregnancy, Jenner gave birth to the pair's baby girl, Stormi, in 2018. The couple sadly split in 2019 but remain good friends.
"We're like best friends. We both love Stormi and want what's best for her," Jenner explained. "I think about [my parents] in situations with Stormi, what they would do. They were very hands-on with me, and I want the same for Stormi." If Kylie is anything like her own mama bear, we're sure she's doing a great job!
Irina Shayk & Bradley Cooper
Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper were arguably one of the most striking couples in Hollywood during their four years together. At the time of the divorce, a source close to the couple told E! News that their shared love for Leah, their daughter, wouldn't change although the couple separated.
"They love their little girl dearly, and that's not going to change no matter what," said the source. "They want what's least disruptive for their baby, [and] would like to keep things as consistent as possible for her." Cooper and Shayk even spend time together with their daughter to show her they will always be a family.
Monyetta Shaw & Ne-Yo
Monyetta and Ne-Yo were together for several years and had two children together, Mason and Madilyn. They became so good at co-parenting that the actress wrote a book titled Keep It Classy: Co-Parenting Strategies for Unstoppable Moms and Devoted Dads. The cherry on top? Ne-Yo wrote the forward for the publication.
"I know that the love we have for our children will always push us to overcome anything that would get in the way of their happiness," he wrote. "This understanding strengthened the relationship we have with our kids... and allowed me and Mo to be friends again." The man has a way with words.
Demi Moore & Bruce Willis
It's no secret that this former Hollywood it couple owns the co-parenting game as they quarantined together along with their three kids, Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah. Two exes living with each other for months on end? We're impressed! Demi shared that her past experiences motivated the starlet to make it work with Bruce post-divorce.
"I'm the product of divorced parents, and my brother and I were the pawns in my parents' game," Moore said in a 2008 Harper's Bazaar interview. "At the time, I could not have seen what a gift that situation was, but without that experience, I would not have known there was a different choice to make in my own divorce."
Kendra Wilkinson & Hank Baskett
After an almost decade-long marriage, former NFL star Hank Baskett and reality TV star Kendra Wilkison divorced in 2018. It seems that the pair has been kicking butt at co-parenting their two children, Hank and Alijah, even during the recent quarantine.
"Her and Hank have been co-parenting really well together throughout [the health crisis] and have been for a while now," a source told US Weekly in May 2020. "Kendra... puts her kids first and doesn't think outside noise is worth fighting over ... She's just happy her kids are healthy and in a great place."
Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler
Former NFL player Jay Cutler and Laguna Beach star Kristen Cavallari recently called it quits after a ten-year marriage and three children. "This is just the situation of two people growing apart," Cavallari said of the divorce. The pair decided to co-parent their kids Camden, Jaxon, and Saylor.
"Jay and I are navigating through it in the best way possible, and we're figuring it out," Cavallari said of their new family chapter. "Some days are good and some days are bad, but we're making the most of the situation and putting our kids first." Putting "kids first" seems to be a trend in the co-parenting community.
April Roomet & Tyson Beckford
During their time together from 1997 to 1999, model Tyson Beckford and stylist April Roomet welcomed a baby boy, Jordan, who is now all grown up. The parents seem to have successfully navigated the co-parenting journey, but Tyson is not taking full responsibility.
"I can't talk all the credit," Beckford said in an interview with US Weekly in July 2020. "I think [parenting] was more 60/40 -- 60 her, 40 me... Some things that she couldn't do, I was able to do for him. But ... moms in most of the situations are the ones who really are the caregivers, the nurturers."
Paula Patton & Robin Thicke
Paula Patton and Robin Thicke were childhood sweethearts who were together for 21 years before splitting. After a tumultuous custody battle for their son, Julian, they decided to co-parent amicably. "I feel like everything happens for a reason," Paula said on Good Morning America.
The Blurred Lines singer shared a more optimistic perspective on Bravo's Watch What Happens Life. "[We're] on the best terms," Thicke said. "The good thing is when you have that long of a friendship, and you have a child that you can put first, the most important thing is giving him a healthy, happy life."
Elaina Watley & Victor Cruz
NFL player Victor Cruz and his ex Elaina Watley had quite the learning curve when they started co-parenting their daughter, Kennedy. "Both of us resented each other in the beginning," the football star shared. "But I think now as we've matured, we've both reached a level of maturity where now it's at its best."
"You can't do anything as a co-parent without talking. Even if you're no longer living under the same roof, the discussions still need to happen for the sake of your kid," Cruz said. "If your child is happy, then everyone is going to be happy." It looks like he put a spin on the old proverb, 'happy wife, happy life.'
Britney Spears & Kevin Federline
In 2004, Britney Spears married dancer Kevin Federline after a whirlwind three-month romance. They had two sons, Jayden and Sean, before separating in 2006. Federline has often had sole custody of their kids since the divorce. The duo continues to work on their co-parenting, proving that it's not as easy as it may appear.
But there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Both parties have shown good faith towards each other at one point or another. In 2018, Kevin let Britney take the boys on tour with her, despite having sole custody. "He knows it's better for her when they're on the road with her," a source told Us Weekly.
Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose started dating in 2011 and were married for about a year until they separated in 2014. They're co-parenting goals as they continue to raise their adorable son, Sebastian Taylor Thomaz. "I have pictures up of me and Wiz in his room so he can always come in and see us being happy together," Rose shared.
The ex-partners make sure their son lives a comfortable life between their two homes. "We live very close to each other for Sebastian. So I can always call him," Amber explained. "So we really co-parent well. He goes back and forth to mommy and daddy's house all the time." Talk about a power team!
Bridget Moynahan & Tom Brady
Football star Tom Brady dated actress Bridget Moynahan for three years. Shortly after they parted ways, Brady started dating his now-wife, Gisele Bundchen. But they faced a big surprise when Moynahan realized she was pregnant with the athlete's son, and the two decided to co-parent their baby boy, John Edward Thomas.
"Tom and I made a decision to raise a child together, and we both found partners that not only supported us in raising that child but also loved our child as if he was their own," Bridget shared. "I don't think you can ask for more than that. My son is surrounded by love." Someone pass us the tissues, please!
Elin Nordegren & Tiger Woods
Before their scandalous 2010 divorce, Elin and Tiger had two kids together; a daughter, Sam Alexis, and a son, Charlie Axel. While the pair didn't separate on good terms due to the famous golfer's unfaithfulness, they have since improved their relationship and stayed friends as they co-parent.
"She's one of my best friends. We're able to pick up the phone, and we talk to each other all the time," shared Woods. "We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then." As the saying goes, you live, and you learn.
Jenna Dewan & Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan met on the set of the 2006 film Step Up. Their on-screen characters were two dancers who fell in love, and like many other Hollywood couples, these two fell head over heels for each other in real life, too! The couple married three years after filming.
Jenna and Channing had a daughter, Everly, before their surprising 2018 split. After they separated, the pair worked on getting accustomed to their new roles. "We're just getting used to it," said Dewan. "We're in a very positive energy together, trying to be the best parents to Everly. We support each other."
Kourtney Kardashian & Scott Disick
Kourtney and Scott took fans on a rollercoaster ride with their on-again-off-again relationship. The back-and-forth lasted from 2006 to 2015, during which time the pair had three gorgeous children together. The duo continues to co-parent Mason, Penelope, and Reign, and even go on family vacations together.
The couple divulged their secret to successful co-parenting; it's all about communication. "It helps when you do the same routines in both houses," said Kardashian. "We're just raising our kids how we would have raised them, whether we're together or not," added Disick. Thanks for the tip!
Christina Aguilera & Jordan Bratman
Hollywood star Christina Aguilera was married to Jordan Bratman for five years before the pair called it quits. The former couple co-parents their son, Max, who was two years old when they split. Since the separation, Christina had another child, Summer, with her beau Matthew Rutler.
But even as things change, Aguilera and Bratman remained committed to raising their shared son in a peaceful and healthy environment. "We make blended families work. It's a beautiful thing," the famous singer captioned a photo of her ex and her at Max's birthday. Modern families for the win!
Cheryl Cole & Liam Payne
This good-looking pair started dating in 2016 and welcomed their son, Bear, in March of 2017. A little over a year after their child's birth, the duo announced they were parting ways. Cheryl and Liam now co-parent their toddler and navigate their separate parenting styles.
"Liam is so much softer than me. But it is what it is, and I'm okay about it," Cole shared. "When you have a baby, you are not consumed with just thinking about yourself. It's your responsibility to keep things settled and happy so you can make the best of everything. And we have."
Idina Menzel & Taye Diggs
These Broadway stars met in 1995 and married in 2003. The actors had one son, Walker, before they separated, and the talented actress has some useful advice for successful co-parenting. "Your child comes first, that's all," she said. "He comes first, and you have to get past your own egos, and you never talk bad about each other."
Her ex-husband shared her sentiment. "We were friends to start out with, but especially when you have a kid in the mix, there's no time for negativity," Diggs told People. "[Our son] is our main objective, he's what's most important for us, so we're still there as a family."
Kate Hudson & Chris Robinson
Actress Kate Hudson and The Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson married in 2000 after dating for less than a year. In January 2004, the couple welcomed their baby boy, Ryder, into the world. A little over three years later, the pair separated and stayed on good terms.
"I do feel that when you get divorced, you know, you're still in a relationship. It's just a different kind of relationship," Kate shared on the podcast Divorce Sucks! The famous actress also co-parents another son, Bingham, with ex Matt Bellamy. It looks like she reached expert-level co-parenting!
Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck
These Hollywood big names met and fell for each other on set. "We met on Pearl Harbor, which people hate, but we fell in love on Daredevil," said Affleck. Jennifer and Ben tied the knot in 2005 and had three children, Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel, before their 2017 divorce.
Affleck expressed how important it is that his children know he and Garner appreciate each other. "It's important for my kids to know that I respect and care about Jen," he said. "When you have children with somebody, you're connected to them forever." That's some co-parenting goals right there!
Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Phillippe
Reese and Ryan met at her 21st birthday party, where the actress adorably said to him, "I think you're my birthday present." A year later, the pair got engaged and later wed in South Carolina. They welcomed a daughter, Ava, and a son, Deacon, before their 2007 split. Since then, the power parents have rocked the co-parenting game.
"It's a feeling-out process, and I think we've gotten to a really great place," Phillipe told ABC News. "She's happy and remarried, and our kids are incredible. I'm proud of the way we've handled it and who our little people are." Co-parenting is no easy feat, and they have plenty to be proud of!
Anna Faris & Chris Pratt
Faris and Pratt met on the set of Take Me Home Tonight in 2007. Although Anna was married to someone else, Chris knew they would one day be together. His intuition proved correct, and the pair were married for eight years before they divorced. Now, they co-parent their son, Jack.
"Grudge-holding is not something that Chris and I do," said Faris. "So, we wanted to make sure, of course, that Jack was happy, but that we were happy and supportive of each other." The starlet also congratulated her ex-husband when he and Katherine Schwarzenegger got engaged. That's goals!
Rachel Bilson & Hayden Christensen
Actors Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen got together in 2008 and welcomed their baby girl, Briar, in 2014. The pair have been co-parenting since their 2017 split and have good role models to look to for guidance. "My parents went through a divorce, and she [my mom] showed me nothing but love, so I was totally secure," Bilson said.
"Most important for me is that Briar is okay and secure and stable," Rachel shared in an interview with People magazine. "No matter what I'm dealing with or how much it hurts or how much anger there is, it's just about her." That's one dedicated mama!
Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz
Simpson and Wentz have been co-parenting their son, Bronx, since their 2011 divorce. The pair have remained friends even as they each moved on to new partners. "We're all really close friends," Simpson's current husband, Evan Ross, said. "We got really lucky with that."
Although the pair has mastered their situation, the Fall Out Boy bassist doesn't think there is one right way to go about co-parenting. "Telling somebody what the key to [co-parenting] is would be insane," Wentz said to Us Weekly. "I think it's important to listen and to give people balance."