In 2017, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor separated after 18 years together and 17 years of marriage. They never filed for divorce. And two years later, rumor had it that these two crazy kids were back together as they were seen around town together both with and without their kids, 19-year-old Ella Olivia, and 16-year-old Quinlin Dempsey. Well, now these two are officially back together and Ben has confirmed it. Tsk! Of course, the nepotism baby gets the good Hollywood divorce that never gets filed and then circles back into a happy marriage.
I guess now Ben and Christine can count those five years in between 2017 and be like: “We’ve been together on and off for 23 years,” because in Ben’s new Esquire interview he reveals that the couple rekindled shit during the pandemic. 56-year-old Ben moved in with 50-year-old Christine and the kids to do their usual co-parenting thing during quarantine and that’s when love re-blossomed between them.
When the pandemic began, he and Taylor—who were still living apart—decided that it would be best for Stiller to move back into the family home, which would be the only way he could see the kids during those early months of lockdowns. “Then, over the course of time, it evolved,” he says. “We were separated and got back together and we’re happy about that. It’s been really wonderful for all of us. Unexpected, and one of the things that came out of the pandemic.”
He draws a quirky, funny, Stillerian analogy about the kind of realization that makes a marriage work: “A few years ago, I realized I don’t like horseback riding. If there’s an opportunity to go horseback riding, I’m probably not going to do it. Now, I like horses! I think they’re beautiful. I like petting them. I like watching people ride horses, I like watching my kids ride horses. I just don’t really love riding horses. And once you know that, it just saves a lot of energy. So, yeah, I think we have a respect for the ways that we’re similar and the ways we’re different. And I think accepting that, you can really appreciate someone more because you’re not trying to get them to change for you. Once you accept that, you save a lot of energy. ‘This is something that works for me; this is something that doesn’t work for me.’ If you have that trust level with your partner, you know that me saying ‘I don’t like doing that thing’ is not me saying ‘I don’t like you.’”
This is a PLOT TWIST since the pandemic has eaten up many a Hollywood marriage. Maybe Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor realized that not getting divorced is an act of self-care since they saw the train wreck divorce fights between the likes of Dr. Dre, Alice Evans, and Brangelina, and thought, “You know what? We’re good.”
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