There’s some divorced parents out there who are trying to avoid making a bad situation worse by co-parenting their kids as best as they can in these confusing coronavirus times. Custody agreements are on a temporary hiatus while parents do their best to shuttle kids back and forth on whatever day works (and even that can be difficult to arrange, since time is officially a flat circle that hasn’t existed since March 15). Some parents are going to work it out, but then there are bound to be others that aren’t exactly having the best time corona-parenting. Gavin Rossdale is one of them, and it’s because his kids spend half their time in a completely different state.
MSN reports that Gavin spoke about his current co-parenting situation with his ex-wife, Gwen Stefani, during an appearance on the SiriusXM show Trunk Nation. Gavin says that he usually gets to see his three sons (13-year-old Kingston, 11-year-old Zuma, and 6-year-old Apollo) “every five days or so.” But all bets are off on any kind of semblance of normalcy at the moment. When Gavin and Gwen finalized their divorce four years ago, they agreed to split custody of their boys, with Gavin getting just a tiny bit more time with them, due to Gwen’s touring schedule.
Now Gavin is trading off weeks at a time so that the boys can be with Mom and Soon-To-Be Stepdaddy Blake Shelton at Blake’s 10,000 acre ranch in Oklahoma. Because I guess the idea of doing things Bruce and Demi style was off the table the second everyone remembered how things ended. Gavin says he feels comfortable and safe in his own home, because he knows who he’s exposed to. But he’s a little nervous about who his kids have come in contact with, due to all the cross-state air travel. Oklahoma is right in the middle of the country, and is about a 23 hour drive from Los Angeles, where Gavin is. So it’s probably safe to assume that the kids are zipping back and forth between their mom and dad in a series of private jets. Ah, air travel. Remember that?
“I did the first two weeks with them, then they went to Oklahoma.” Shuffling kids back and forth amid the health crisis has become a “real big dilemma.”
“I know who is around me – no one is. And I know who’s bringing me the Coronavirus – no one is. But you send your kids out to someone else, and they come back to you, and now you’re prone to whoever they’re with. It’s a tricky one for all divorced parents.”
To be fair, the only thing his kids are bound to catch at Blake’s house is a temporary case of Droppin’yourGs-itis.
Gavin has gone almost two weeks without seeing his kids. He claims that at first he thought he might like the alone time, but after a while he started to realize he likes it much better when they’re at home. Well, he says that now. Something tells me he’s not the picture of parental bliss during the first two hours he spends Lysol-spraying every last inch of their bodies when they return. “Breathe in, breathe out…through this face mask, and DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE WITH YOUR HANDS!”