AceShowbiz - Christine Taylor was opening up more about her reconciliation with Ben Stiller. Around a year after going public about getting back together with her once-estranged husband, the "Friendsgiving" actress spilled in a new interview about the "growth spurts" they went through.
On Tuesday, March 7, Christine appeared on "The Drew Barrymore Show". During her sitdown with host Drew Barrymore, the 50-year-old actress was asked about her 2017 split from Ben and their decision to get back together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Explaining the reason behind her separation from her actor husband, Christine told Drew, "Family was always a priority, but I think Ben and I both started to grow in different directions." She went on, "I think we have these growth spurts, even as adults. And we needed time to figure that out."
The "Zoolander 2" actress then spelled out how the pandemic played a big part in bringing them back together. "When the pandemic hit and we all had to figure out where we were going to hunker down, we all ended up in our house together. We found this way back. We had so much time to talk. There were no other distractions," she elaborated. "It just happened organically."
When talking about what led to her separation from Ben in the first place, Christine looked back at the starting point of their love journey. The "Hey Dude… The 90's Called!" podcast host stated, "We got married very quickly after meeting each other. We knew each other six months, got engaged, married within the year and had Ella that next year."
Christine and Ben tied the knot in 2000. After 17 years of marriage, the "Zoolander 2" co-stars publicly announced their separation. "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," they said at the time. "Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends."
In her interview with Drew, Christine added that both she and Ben did not make the decision to separate lightly. Still, she noted that during that time, they "were both sort of at this impasse of, 'Let's figure this out - what's best at this chapter in our lives?' That's going back three or four years. And [during] that time apart, we got to know who we are."
One thing that she stressed about, during the chat, was their family unity. The mother of two pointed out, "And we always stayed a family unit and always continued to do things together." Christine and Ben shared a 20-year-old daughter, Ella, and a 17-year-old son, Quinlin, together.