We all know how brutal a break-up can be, but when you throw children into the mix, the emotional toll can be even higher.
But splitting up doesn’t have to be an acrimonious affair. With the news that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin would be ‘consciously uncoupling’ after 10 years of marriage and moving on to a new phase of co-parenting, we look at the other celebrity couples who have decided they don’t have to live under the same roof to provide the love and support their children need.
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Reese Witherspoon and Ryan PhillippeThe early-Noughties golden couple hit the rocks in late 2006 after an eight-year relationship. Their two children – Ava, who was then six, and Deacon, three – were old enough to understand that their parents were no longer getting along, but Reese said laying the blame was ‘too easy – I don’t have time for hate or negativity in my life’.
As she told Parade in 2008, ‘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.’
Demi Moore and Bruce WillisIf anyone could be the poster parents for harmonious break-ups, it would be these two. Despite splitting back in 2000 after 13 years of marriage, both Hollywood stars are still involved in each others lives to give the best support to their three daughters, Rumor, Scout and Tallulah.
The pair even won a co-parenting award for post-divorce relationship, with Demi saying it was a fear of ending up like her own divorced parents that helped her come to terms with co-parenting.
Of Bruce, Demi said, ‘We get so much from being able to share holidays and spend time with all of us together. The kids don’t have to choose. They’re getting double the support, double the love, double the encouragement.’