"We always stayed a family unit," said Taylor. She and Stiller got to know themselves better during their time apart and reunited during the pandemic.
Christine Taylor is sharing details about her and Ben Stiller's decision to separate in 2017 and how they got back together. In May 2017, the couple announced their separation after 17 years of marriage but later rekindled their union. The 51-year-old actress opened up about their relationship to her Wedding Singer costar Drew Barrymore on The Drew Barrymore Show on Tuesday. In the recent episode, she recalled the time when she and Stiller first got together, saying, "We got married very quickly after meeting each other. We knew each other six months, got engaged, married within the year and had (daughter) Ella that next year." She and Stiller, 57, got married in 2000, and they went on to have another child, a son named Quinlin.
As to what led to their separation, she admitted that while "family was always a priority," the two "started to grow in different directions." "When we made the decision to separate, it was not something we wanted to talk publicly about or took lightly," she said. As they learned more about themselves on their own they later came together again during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taylor said, "During that time apart, we got to know who we are...I feel like we needed some time to figure that out." But she stated that she and Stiller continued to co-parent well, adding, "We always stayed a family unit and always continued to do things together."
"I think we have these growth spurts, even as adults. And we needed time to figure that out," Taylor told Barrymore. "When the pandemic hit and we all had to figure out where to hunker down, we all ended up in our house together with two teenagers and we found this way back. We had so much time to talk, there were no other distractions … it just happened organically," the Brady Bunch Movie actress added. "I feel like when you've lived a lifetime with someone like we have—and we learned as we were going along—there's a freedom in that. There is a freedom in the comfort of this relationship and the commitment," she concluded.
Taylor and Stiller announced their separation in May 2017 after 17 years of marriage. Five years later they revealed they got back. "I think we have respect for the ways that we're similar and the ways we're different," Stiller told Esquire in February 2022. "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.'" He added, "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.'"
It seems that Taylor and Stiller's family life is now thriving.