It’s been over a year since the 11-year relationship between Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts came to an end. Now, Schreiber is opening up about the difficulties of moving on.
The actor talked about the split in an interview during “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist,” saying the adjustment period is hard but that his relationship with Watts remains amicable.
“It’s always hard, you know? You build a life with someone and things change,” he said. “And I think the way that we’ve looked at it is that we’ll always be partners and that’s kind of what keeps us together and keeps us amicable.”
The former couple have two children together — Alexander (10) and Samuel (9) — and that is something Schreiber says is important to keep in mind post-breakup.
“It’s important to support each other,” he told Geist. “I was making some jokes at breakfast about Mommy with the boys and their eyes light up when I talk about her. You can see how important it is to them that their parents care about each other and that no matter what happens you continue to try and do that.”
Schreiber had made similar comments in the past during an appearance on “CBS This Morning”. “We’re parents together, so we’ll be together for the rest of our lives no matter what and, um, we’re very close,” he said. “Hopefully, that never changes, and I don’t think it will.”
The famous couple announced their separation in a joint statement in September 2016: “Over the past few months we’ve come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple.”
Last year, Watts also opened up about the split, telling Red Magazine: “Right now I’m at a point where I’m healing and just wanting to protect the family unit, and we’re doing, so far, a pretty good job with that.”
The full interview with Schreiber airs on January 7.