Celeb Couples That CoHabitate and Remain a Family Unit After Breaking Up

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Co-parenting with an ex can be hard but some, make it work. And then there are some who manage to retain their strong familial bond despite the break up that they confuse people.

I can think of three celebrity couples who take co-parenting to another level by co-habitating, remaining close-knit and vacationing together while broken up for the sake of the children.


More recently, I think of Bravo docu-series Real Housewives of Potomac housewife Robyn Dixon and her ex Juan Dixon, basketball coach and former NBA player. A big part of their storyline on the two-season show is the fact that they live in the same home for convenience and financial reasons, according to Robyn. The couple have two 7 and 9 year old-sons, Corey and Carter.

“We sleep in the same bed,” Robyn confessed to OK! Magazine. “If you didn’t know, if I didn’t tell you, you would assume we are married just because we function as a couple kind of as we have always known each other.”

She has said they are working it out and may reunite romantically.

Similarly, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have been photographed vacationing together in Hawaii this year, very much looking like a nuclear family with their 7-year old son Mason, 4-year old daughter Penelope and 2-year old son Reign in tow. The on-again-off again couple are part of a very public TV family so perhaps that makes it easier to keep close.

Not long ago, we hear that Ben Affleck reportedly slept in the room next door to Jennifer Garner after they split because it was just easier to keep the family unit together during those precarious times after the break up. Affleck and Garner co-parent 11-year old Violet, 8-year old Seraphina and 5-year old Samuel.

They are friends and have had amicable break ups and are adult enough to move past what ever caused the split and move forward together while they figure things out.

Naturally, these types of arrangements confuse people who are used to seeing couples go at each other’s throats after breaking up.

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Blogger Destiny Green shared her story in Romper in a post titled “Here’s What That Beautiful Instagram Post Of My Family Doesn’t Tell You“.

In it, she relays that the perfect family people see on her social media feed is actually not even what it seems.

“I think it’s still strange for other people to see us acting as a traditional family, and with no conventional explanation behind our decision to part ways, it often feels hard to justify to people who ask about my relationship with Honor’s dad,” she wrote about her situation with her daughter’s dad Ibrahim with whom she is no longer in a relationship with.

It’s unconventional and sometimes criticized by onlookers but if it works for the couple for the sake of the children, who are we, as society to judge, right?

Green sums it up best:

My hope for every other mama who comes across my blog or Instagram page is for them to know that it’s OK for their journey to not look like mine and Honor’s — that whatever story is unfolding in their journey through motherhood is just as valid and important as anyone else’s. This is your life and what you are doing is right for you. At the end of the day, whether you are married and parenting with a spouse, single-parenting, or co-parenting and going to the museum for family days like my family does, only you can set your standards. Whatever your story is, I hope you’re able to embrace it, and I hope you know that you’re doing a great job.

Amen!

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Celebs that Do Co-Parenting Well and Dig Each Other Too

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There are new generation of celebrity broken up couples being excellent examples for co-parenting. Some are even still secretly into each other and dating.

Trending this weekend was Kourtney Kardsashian who was rumored to be back with her ex beau and dad to her three kids, Scott Disick. TMZ clarified today that the couple are on friendly terms and travel together for co-parenting reasons though Kourt is open to rekindling their relationship now that Disick has remained clean and sober consistently for a long period of time! The couple co-parent their children together, 6-year old Mason, 4-year old Penelope and 1-year old son, Reign.


Good for them!

Also, rumored to be back together are Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck who parents to 11-year old Violet, 7-year old Seraphine and  4-year old Samuel. Some reports state that they are actually planning to add on to their brood and some say Jen is already expecting. Who knows? Time will tell, for sure!

This weekend, a long-since divorced couple showed some cordial friendly behavior: Madonna and Sean Penn co-presented at an annual charity and had playful antics on stage. Penn even joked about handcuffing Madonna on stage after he took up her challenge to bid $150,000 for a necklace in exchange for her agreeing to marry him again.

Also, during the Latin Grammy Awards in November, Marc Anthony and ex wife Jennifer Lopez  gave each other a kiss after he presented her the Person of the Year award. He has since said that he is still in love with his ex wife and mom to their twins Emme and Max, according to US Weekly.

Sean “Diddy” Comb‘s relationship with his ex Kim Porter‘s son Quincy with 80s R&B recording artist Al B. Sure is ideal because he calls Quincy his son even though he is no longer with Porter and Quincy’s dad is very much alive and around.

Another great co-parenting role model is Jada Pinkett-Smith, who has helped her husband Will Smith raise his son, Trey, with ex Sheree Fletcher. They are great examples of blended families that get along.

Ask Alicia Keys, whose latest hit song is dedicated to blended families!

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Celeb Men who Left their Wives & Married the Nanny


There is a lot of buzz these days over actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck‘s break up with reports circulating that the Gone Girl actor cheated on his wife with their nanny, Christine Ouzounian.

We probably heard of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jude Law‘s infamous trysts with their nanny and it turns out there is a little history in Hollywood of several celebrity men leaving their wives for their nanny.

Comedic actor Joe Piscopo, for example, was married to his first wife Nancy Jones when he met his second wife Kimberly Driscoll. She was his 18 year old nanny at the time. He married Driscoll a year after divorcing Jones. Their marriage lasted 10-years.


Actor Ethan Hawke denied cheating on his then wife Uma Thurman while married but 4 years after Hawke and Thurman divorced, Hawke married their nanny  Ryan Shawhughes. He and Shawhughes are atill together and have two children.

Marsha Garces was working as a nanny for the late Robin Williams and his wife Valerie Velardi when he started having an affair with her. A year after Williams and Velardi divorced, he married Garces. They were married for 19 years before divorcing in 2010.

And there is Tiger Woods who married a nanny, but he started his cheating after marrying the nanny. *snark*

Bump Watch: Kristen Bell looks fab during Jay Leno interview

Kristen Bell chose a cute mini dress from the Hatch collection to wear during her January 11 interview with NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The Heroes and Gossip Girl  alum wore her hair in loose cascading curls and had a ball it seems. Ben Affleck was also a guest that night.

Fab Kristen, Fab!!

Bell and fiance Parenthood‘s Dax Shepard are expecting their first child this spring.


Get Kristen’s look:

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Jennifer Garner welcomes baby boy!

Power A-list couple Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck welcomed third child, a son, reports US Weekly and People. Baby boy Affleck joins his big sisters Violet Anne and Seraphina Rose. No word on the baby’s name yet! Congrats! 

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Bump Watch: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, errand running


Jennifer Garner and hubby Ben Affleck were spotted running errands together in Brentwood, California – sans the kids-Monday, January 9. Garner as usual was dressed casual and sensible, yet still stylish and hubby donned a scruffy greyish bear and wild hair for his next movie he will star in and direct. What a very cute and down to earth power A-list Hollywood couple. On lookers said they were flirty and giggly with each other – probably cracking jokes about their photog pals maybe. ha!

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Bump Watch: Jennifer Garner bundles up

It must have been a brisk day in Brentwood Monday. Jennifer Garner was spotted out doing Christmas shopping with hubby Ben Affleck wearing an Isabella Oliver Luxe Wrap Coat in Camel. She told InStyle magazine when asked of her maternity favorite that she wears “Almost everything from Isabella Oliver, a maternity line”. See it wasn’t just us that noticed. ha!

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Bump Watch: Jennifer Garner & daughter have fun in the park

Jennifer Garner gives daughter  2-year old Seraphina a ride while playing at a part in Santa Monica, California yesterday November 7, 2011. She was doing the casual playdate wear chunky sweater layered over an eggplant top, worn with the Isabella Oliver Maternity Denim skirt in indigo. Garner and Ben Affleck are expecting their third child, another girl. They have a 5-year old, Violet. How fun!!

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