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Rachel Bilson is promoting that new show she’s in with Eddie Cibrian, Take Two, which just premiered on ABC this week. I feel bad that Bilson’s career has come to this, because Eddie Cibrian is like the Ted McGinley of current character actors except not as attractive or talented. Bilson was with Hayden Christensen for about ten years and they have a three and half-year-old daughter together. When news came out of their split, US Weekly, which has had exclusives about their relationship for years, had the news that Bilson found suspicious text messages on Christensen’s phone from his costar, Emma Roberts. (For what it’s worth Roberts stayed with Evan Peters, whom she’s broken up with multiple times.) If you were wondering if things were amicable between Bilson and Christensen, probably not. Here’s how she describes co-parenting with him, as if it’s hard and she hates it but she does it for their daughter:
Briar comes along to the Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia, when they film, and though Bilson doesn’t have a nanny, her mom helps out when she’s working.
Bilson is also open about the challenges of co-parenting with Christensen, 37, whom she dated for 10 years before they split last September. “We’re still kind of trying to figure it out,” she says of their “work in progress” dynamic with Briar. “It’s a tricky one. And I don’t know that there is any right way, necessarily.”
“We say Mommy has a house and Daddy has a house but she’s pretty young to have an in-depth conversation,” continues The O.C. alum. “Most important for me is that Briar is okay and secure and stable. No matter what I’m dealing with or how much it hurts or how much anger there is, it’s just about her.”
Bilson also said that Briar “Needs to feel loved from the people she loves the most. She has that love that is unconditional so I think we’re doing okay.”
That’s sweet that her mom is there to help her out with Briar when she’s on set. My mom would have done that for me when my son was little. As for what she said about co-parenting, you get the sense that there’s a whole interesting backstory there that involves more than just some text messages she found. Bilson showed a lot of restraint with the press, she gave a measured sourced statement to just one outlet and she hasn’t done a dishy interview. She’s telling us that things are messy but that she’s not going to get into the details, which is of course her prerogative. I wish she would spill a little more as it would make my job easier but she’s saying plenty here.
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