Christine Taylor Explains Why She And Ben Stiller Rekindled Their Marriage

The separation of Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller in 2017 and their subsequent reconciliation during the COVID-19 epidemic are being discussed in depth by Christine Taylor.

Christine Taylor goes into great detail about her split from Ben Stiller in 2017 and their subsequent reunion amid the COVID-19 pandemic  “knew each other six months, got engaged, were married within a year, then had [daughter Ella, now 20] the next year.”

“Family was always a priority, but I think Ben and I both started to grow in different directions,” Taylor told Barrymore, 48. “And when we made the decision to separate, it was not something we wanted to talk publicly about or took lightly.”

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The actress said that at the time of their separation, she and her husband “were 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.”

“I think we have these growth spurts, even as adults. And we needed time to figure that out,” Taylor explained to Barrymore. After 17 years of marriage, the pair announced their split in a joint statement to PEOPLE in May 2017. In an interview with Esquire published in February 2022, the Meet the Parents star stated that the couple reconnected almost five years later.

The two were frequently photographed together in 2018, including eating dinner in Manhattan, attending the US Open with their daughter Ella, and attending the Project ALS Gala with Ella and their younger son Quinlin, 17.


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“We always stayed a family unit,” Taylor told Barrymore on Tuesday’s episode of her show. “So 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. Stiller also revealed to PEOPLE that he had a Super Bowl commercial with Pepsi Zero Sugar that aired during the big event last month “a great time” appeared on Hey Dude… The 90s Called!, Taylor’s podcast, in January.

Christine Taylor On Ben Stiller's Marriage

“I got such a kick out of the fact that she was doing a podcast because she’d never been the biggest podcast fan before,” the actor said about Taylor’s show, which premiered in December 2022.

“She said, ‘I’m going to do this podcast about Hey Dude,’ which has this really amazing fanbase, this show from the ’90s, and kind of focusing on the ’90s,” Stiller added of his wife’s Nickelodeon series. “And she’s great at it — her and David Lascher, her co-host, because they were both on the show. So for fans of the show, it’s been great.”

The duo has worked on several projects, including Zoolander, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Tropic Thunder, and Zoolander 2.

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