Reports suggest Kim and Kanye are breaking up, but the end of a partnership doesn't mean the end of co-parenting.
Twitter was lighting up on Tuesday night after multiple reports suggested Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are considering divorce. E! News reports the marriage is ending but that Kardashian has not officially filed for divorce yet. It is important to note that neither Kardashian or West have released a statement on the matter.
Back in July, Kardashian publicly plead for "compassion and empathy" for West after her husband posted a series of controversial tweets and made a tear-filled speech at his presidential rally in South Carolina.
It's pretty clear that whatever is happening in their marriage and their family is difficult, but whether they stay together or choose to divorce they can remain family and co-parents. They don't even have to look far for an example of a couple successfully navigating co-parenting in the celebrity spotlight.
Kim's sister Kourtney hasn't been with Scott Disick in six years, but the couple are still family and Kourtney has previously stated she wants her kids (Mason, 11, Penelope, 8, and Reign, 6) to see that they can get along and spend time together, and she wants the world to see it, too. During an appearance on the TODAY show, Kourtney was asked about the relationship she has with Disick, and whether she feels responsible for modeling cooperative co-parenting given her reality TV platform.
"I feel like I can show a message, too, of like parents [who] can get along and work together and travel together," Kourtney told TODAY. "And I think it's a good message to show other people."
The eldest Kardashian sister and Disick make headlines time and time again for their close post-breakup relationship. Despite the fact that they've severed romantic ties, they have remained important parts of each others' lives. And why shouldn't they? They may not be a couple anymore, but they are family.
As co-parents to Mason, Penelope and Reign, Kourtney and Scott even vacation together (who could forget that much-discussed Bali trip?). And while everything the Kardashians do seems to make its way into the public eye, Kourtney's decision to co-parent in plain sight is a conscious one.
If Kim and Kanye do decide to file divorce papers, they will not be entering uncharted territory. Kourtney and Scott are just one of many famous blended families:
Here are a few of our fave co-parenting celebs:
Jennifer Lopez + Alex Rodriguez
Jennifer Lopez is a woman of many, many talents: She can act, sing, dance, design... and, if a recent Instagram post from fiancé Alex Rodriguez is any indication, she can co-parent with the best of them as well.
In an interview on the TODAY show, JLo told Hoda Kotb a story that brings tears to our eyes.
"I got the most beautiful card from Alex's daughter, Tashi [that's Natasha, age 16]. And she told me it's an honor to be your stepdaughter. Again, I start crying," Lopez, 51, said. "I just feel so blessed to have all of the dynamics that are going on in my life right now. You know, and first starting with, you know, creating a family that I've always wanted."
The trio made us smile a couple years ago when they shared a moment from J Lo and Marc's son Max's music recital. The three adults sat together in the audience, and Alex shared the sweetest video clip from the event. The video shows A Rod sitting between the exes: Both Jennifer and Marc playfully lip-sync the words to "I Will Always Love You" as their son and his group perform the classic.
Alex sits in between them laughing—because, by his own admission, he can't quite keep up with the former couple on a musical level. "Those who can, do," Alex writes alongside the video. "Those who can't, sit between two people that can and stay quiet! #imnotasinger."
But J Lo and Marc's musical chops are definitely not the only impressive thing we're seeing here. Co-parenting is nothing new, and this is certainly not the first set of celebrity parents to keep working together as parents even after a breakup. Still, this display is both heart-warming and seriously commendable. Marc's willingness to welcome his ex-wife's future husband into the fold, Jennifer's ability to balance her co-parenting relationship along with her romantic relationship, Alex's comfort level with his bride-to-be's family—it's all really wonderful to witness.
Soon after, Jennifer returned the favor by joining her future husband's family to celebrate his daughter's middle school graduation. Her kids were on hand as well to pose for a family photo.
And recently, when A Rod's eldest daughter made the move up to high school, the whole family, including A Rod's ex-wife (Natasha's mom) Cynthia Scurtis and her new partner, Angel Nicolas posed for one happy group photo.
Coming together for their children's events is nothing new for this family. A year ago, Alex shared another Instagram shot of group watching his daughters, Natasha and Ella, and Jennifer and Marc's daughter, Emme, perform at a dance recital. He added the hashtag "#familia" to the photo. We've said it once and we'll say it again: Their ability to function so well as a blended family is incredible...and very healthy for all involved parties.
We're loving this glimpse into this modern family's ability to work their situation with so much grace and maturity!
Gabrielle Union + Dwayne Wade
Gabrielle Union became a mama after a long battle with infertility and pregnancy loss—but she's been a stepmom for years, and she's embraced that role in a really beautiful way.
"Being a stepparent is incredibly difficult. You never quite know your space. No one ever thanks the stepmom! No matter what you do, no one ever is like, 'And I just want to say a shoutout to—' [or] 'And I'm gonna buy my stepmama a mansion when I make it big," Gabrielle told Rachel Ray during an appearance on her talk show. "[But] it's also awesome knowing that—even without any outside validation—that you're a consistent, compassionate, loving adult who puts the kids' joy and their peace of mind and their innocence first."
Difficult as it may be, Gabrielle and Dwayne have managed to make blending their family look totally seamless. Now that they've added their daughter, Kaavia, to the family, the brood has seemingly become ever more close-knit.
Adele + Simon Konecki
When Adele split with her longtime partner, Simon Konecki, the world waited expectantly for more details (and, of course, some divorce-fueled ballads from the songstress). While Adele has remained rather tight-lipped about the details of their split (which, to be clear, is totally her prerogative!), we do know one thing: The former couple has mastered the art of co-parenting.
Here's what we know, according to a statement from Adele's team: "Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."
Simon has a child from a previous relationship, so we imagine working with a nontraditional family dynamic is nothing new to this couple.
Gwyneth Paltrow + Chris Martin
Leave it to the woman who invented a term for amicable breakups (conscious uncoupling, anyone?) to reinvent the rules for balancing a blended family.
Gwyneth and her ex-husband, Chris Martin, have nailed the art of staying close after a split, which is both impressive and super healthy for their children, Apple and Moses. Their setup works for this famous blended family. And Gwyneth's message for those who don't get it? "I don't care about the haters. Haters are irrelevant to me," she told The Sunday Times.
Martin and Paltrow are still very much a parenting team even though Paltrow has remarried. And she's doing that differently, too.
Gwyneth's secret to a successful marriage? Seperate homes. She famously admitted that she and husband, Brad Falchuk, don't live together full-time. And you know what? More power to them.
Jennifer Garner + Ben Affleck
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck split up years ago, but they will always be family because they share three kids, 14-year-old Violet, 11-year-old Seraphina and 9-year-old Samuel.
In the years since their divorce Garner, Affleck and their kids have been spotted doing tons of regular stuff as a family, like going to church or spending special occasions together.
In an interview with Today, Affleck credited his ex with facilitating an awesome coparenting relationship, even when times were tough.
"I hope I'm a pretty good dad. I certainly try very hard. I'm lucky they got a great mom and she helps out a great deal with making sure we coparent in as good a way as possible," he said.
[A version of this post was originally published in September 2019. It has been updated.]
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