March 7, 2023 | 15:30
Christine Taylor has revealed that quarantine during the Coronavirus pandemic helped her reconcile with husband Ben Stiller.
“We had all this time to talk,” Taylor, 51, told Drew Barrymore on her eponymous talk show Tuesday about her and Stiller’s 2020 reunion after a three-year separation.
“There were no other distractions. It was a really special time,” she added, calling their renewed romance “organic” and “natural.”
The “Brady Bunch Movie” actress clarified that while “time apart” had been crucial for the couple, they kept their family a “priority” before reuniting.
“We always remained a family unit (and) continued to do things together,” explained Taylor, who shares daughter Ella, 20, and son Quinlin, 17, with Stiller.
Now the couple’s relationship is “so good” as they make time for each other while still “taking care” of themselves.
“It’s hard,” the “Arrested Development” alum admitted. “(But) when you’ve lived a lifetime with someone … there’s history.
“We learned as we went along,” she continued. “There’s just a freedom in that, in the comfort of this relationship and commitment.”
Stiller, 57, revealed their reconciliation in February 2022 while speaking to Esquire.
“We’re happy,” the actor said at the time. “I think we have respect for the ways we’re similar and the ways we’re different.”
Stiller’s confirmation came five years after he and Taylor announced their separation in a joint statement.
“With enormous 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 wrote in 2017.
“Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and closest friends.”
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Taylor elaborated on their brief split on the “Drew Barrymore Show” and said they didn’t take the decision “lightly.”
The “Zoolander” co-stars had “grown in different directions” and were at “an impasse,” she explained.
After getting engaged within six months of meeting, tying the knot the following year and “very quickly” starting a family, the duo had to take a break and “figure out what was best” for their future.
Taylor noted that taking time for individual “growth spurts” allowed for their “special” reunion later on.