*Fans of Regina King might be interested in knowing that she and her ex husband Ian Alexander Sr. have maintained a close bond since their divorce over ten years ago. And why wouldn’t they? They share a son, and like many couples who’ve called it quits, they continue to peacefully co-parent their child.
As noted by amomama.com, the actress draws inspiration for her work from her experience as a mother.
King and Ian Alexander tied the knot in 1997, in a private ceremony in Jamaica, and welcomed their son Ian Alexander Jr., on January 19, 1996.
But after nine years of marriage, the couple grew apart and decided to go their separate ways.
In an essay that she wrote for Essence, the award-winning actress said having her son witness the breakup of his parents was the most challenging time in her life
King also recalled her parents’ rocky marriage and how their divorce put a strain in the relationship with her father.
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Following her own divorce, King was quite bitter toward her ex, but ultimately realized that they needed to put on a united front for their son, because their toxic relationship was not a good look for the child.
The mother of one recalls telling her ex-husband: “You know what? This is not good for Ian. Let’s put this shit behind us because it has nothing to do with how much we both love him.”
King admits that was the turning point in their relationship, and the two have since formed a strong friendship.
In 2019, 22-year-old Ian Alexander Jr. accompanied his mom to the Golden Globes Awards. Speaking to E! News on the red carpet, he had nothing but praise for his superstar mother, saying: “She’s a super mom. She doesn’t let bad workdays come back and ruin the time that we have. It’s awesome to have a mother that I can enjoy spending time with.”