Ben Stiller has reconciled with his wife Christine Taylor following their split in 2017.
The Zoolander actor revealed in an interview with Esquire magazine that he returned to the family home at the start of the pandemic in 2020 so he could see their two children Ella, 19, and Quinlan, 16, during the first confinements. Her relationship with Taylor eventually “evolved” and they decided to give their marriage another shot.
“Then over time it evolved,” he shared. “We were separated and got back together and we’re happy about that. It’s been really wonderful for all of us. Unexpected, and one of the things that came out of the pandemic.”
The Night at the Museum actor then gave a lengthy metaphor about what it takes to make a marriage work.
“A few years ago I realized that I didn’t like horse riding,” he began. “If there’s an opportunity to go horseback riding, I probably won’t. Now I like horses! I think they’re beautiful. I like petting them. I like watching them. people ride horses, I like watching my kids ride horses, I don’t really like riding horses, and once you know that, it saves a lot of energy.
“So, yeah, I think we respect our similarities and our differences. And I think by accepting that, you can really appreciate someone more because you’re not trying to change them for you. Once you accept that, you save a lot of energy. “It’s something that works for me, it’s something that doesn’t work for me.” If you have that level of trust with your partner, you know that I who says “I don’t like doing this thing” is not me who says “I don’t like you”.
Stiller, 56, and frequent co-star Taylor, 50, originally announced their split in a joint statement to People in May 2017, 17 years after they married in Hawaii.