Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor are back together after separating five years ago.
In a new interview with Esquire, Stiller, 56, shared how the COVID-19 pandemic led them to rekindle their romance.
In 2020, Ben and Christine decided it was best if he moved back into the family home, so he could be with their two children— daughter Ella, 19, and son Quinlin, 16,—during the early months of lockdowns.
“Then, over the course of time, it evolved,” he told the outlet. “We were separated and got back together and we’re happy about that.”
He continued, “It’s been really wonderful for all of us. Unexpected, and one of the things that came out of the pandemic.”
Stiller noted the pair’s mutual respect for each other while also addressing the pair’s differences.
“I think we have a respect for the ways that we’re similar and the ways we’re different,” he shared. “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.'”
Ben went on, “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.'”
Ben and Christine announced in April 2017 how they were going their separate ways after 17 years of marriage, but didn’t file for divorce.
“With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate,” the couple said in a joint statement to E! News at the time. “Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.”
This past October, the Zoolander co-stars attended a Project ALS benefit in New York City together, which caused rumors to swirl if the two were romantically linked once more.
“We’re a big family,” Ben told Us Weekly at the event. “We’re together all the time.”
And when Christine, 50, was questioned about her seemingly “nice” post-breakup relationship with Ben, she replied: “It’s wonderful, it’s wonderful.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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