After separating or divorcing from their partners, many celebrity moms and dads keep in mind one important thing: the happiness of their kids.
In magazine interviews and television appearances, the co-parents of Hollywood have made it clear that the experience isn’t always simple and easy, but have also stressed that it is possible to remain a loving family after a separation or divorce.
Here are 12 quotes from celebrity moms and dads about co-parenting.
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“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 just, I think, what’s making everything feel safe for my kids
and that’s really the intention I had as a parent."During a 2017 appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
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"If Matt and I had a great relationship, we would still be together, but we chose to move on because we had different visions of how we wanted to live our lives. That doesn't mean, though, that we can't rebuild something that would be the best thing for the kids
."In a 2015 interview with Allure
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“Marc and I are very good friends, we’re very supportive. 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.’”During a 2014 appearance on "HuffPost Live"
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“[We] do bedtime every day. 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.”In a 2017 interview with Allure
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"As people can imagine, it gets rough at times just because we're not in the same city, but we still love each other and what's most important is we love our son
. That stabilizes us. I'm thankful for him."In a 2015 interview with "Entertainment Tonight"
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“[Our son] comes first and you have to get past your own egos
and you never talk bad about each other."In a 2016 interview with People
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"I’m really fortunate because my ex and I are very good friends and I talk to him every day. Our daughter is growing up seeing two people who care about each other.
We may not be a traditional family on paper but we are a family and I tell her that families come in all shapes and sizes, but [a family is] love and I see her really flourishing because she sees two people treating each other with respect.”During a 2013 appearance on "HuffPost Live"
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"I have pictures up of me and Wiz in [our son's] room so he can always come in and see us being happy together
. We try to have family days with him, even though we're not together. Kids want to see their parents together and if you can't be together in a relationship, you've got to come together as friends for your baby.”In a 2017 interview with People
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"We decided as a family it was the right decision for Flynn, so Orlando and I both relocated and we live five minutes from each other ... Everything revolves around my son and his welfare
."In a 2015 interview with HELLO! Fashion Monthly
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“We make the kids the number one priority
, for them to see their parents together and for everybody to get along and have a great time.”During a 2015 appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
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"I think, unfortunately, even though we couldn't stay in a romantic relationship, our values are very much around the importance of family
and the importance of those relationships and I'm lucky that we're aligned in that way. And it's been hard, and you know, we've gone through really difficult times with it, but we've always said these children are our priority."During a 2015 appearance at the BlogHer15: Experts Among Us conference
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“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.”In a 2016 interview with "Entertainment Tonight"