Despite Split, Kate Hudson Has a 'Happy, Happy Boy'

09/17/2008 at 08:00 AM ET
Hector Vallenilla/Pacific Coast News

When Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson parted ways in 2006, they did so with their egos in check, the 29-year-old actress said during a Tuesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. By putting the needs of their 4 ½-year-old son Ryder Russell first, Kate feels the couple "did it the right way." "There’s somebody whose pride is affected when a relationship ends and then it gets in the way of everything else," Kate noted. "For me it feels like this isn’t about me or [Chris]…we knew it wasn’t right, we wanted it to be great for Ryder, and we got a happy, happy boy." While their approach requires Kate and Chris to spend "a lot of time" together despite their divorce, Kate doesn’t mind.

"Chris is on the road a lot, so when he’s not on the road, we really make an effort to be in the same place, [whether] it means I go to where he is or he comes to where we are. We love our baby and with both of us working all the time, and away and traveling, it makes it great for Ryder."

Also a priority, Kate said, is finding a partner who is supportive of her family dynamic. Noting that in the wake of a divorce "it’s hard, because … you’re getting into new elements of your life, new people and new things" Kate said that "when you recognize that the most important thing is your son, and two people can do that, it makes everything easier." If Kate seems wise beyond her years, it sounds as though she’s not alone! Calling Ryder her life, Kate shared that — musically, at least — her son is an old soul, who counts Chuck Berry and The Beatles among his favorites.

He’s a smart boy and he’s really into music right now … Backstage somebody said, ‘Who is your favorite Backstreet Boy?’  and he goes, ‘Well, I like the Beach Boys.’"

Kate’s new movie, My Best Friends Girl, is in theaters this Friday.

Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Arianne on

Awwwww!!!!! He’s the cutest boy in this world! It’s very good to know he’s an happy boy.

Kayla on

I love Kate Hudson..Her son in so cute..What baffles me is everytime she dates someone she brings them around her son. I’m sure he gets confused…

Renee on

Really she has only dated two or three guys since her split maybe. Also, women do have male friends that they have no romantic involvement with at all. Sometimes people make it sound like she is seeing ten guys a day when that’s not the case.Really, it’s none of our business about her dating life.

brooke on

she seems like a good mom and like she adores ryder

cait on

i wish that my parents had taken the approach that they’re taking for the benefit of their son. he’s very lucky that their divorce wasn’t too bitter.

Stephany on

I love, love, LOVE Kate Hudson! I can’t wait to see her new movie.

I also love how Kate and Chris have such a great relationship, still. A lot of divorced parents could take some lessons from then.