Taye Diggs Opens Up About Split From Idina Menzel

    July 2, 2014
    Meaghan Ellis
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Taye Diggs’ split from actress-singer Idina Menzel came as a shocking surprise to most fans.

During a recent interview with Redbook Magazine, the famed Best Man star joked about how some people still have a hard time accepting the fact that he and Menzel have separated.

However, he admits that he can see why their split was such a shocker. To fans, they were always a positive representation of a happy couple.

Diggs met his ex-wife on set during the production of the film adaptation for the Broadway musical, Rent. He thinks the way they met is the reason why most fans viewed their relationship as a picture-perfect, fairy tale.

“I’d be lying if I said there weren’t times when I thought, ‘Oh, man, people are going to trip out if we split,'” the 43-year-old actor quipped.

“Maybe they thought it was cute that we met in Rent. There weren’t a lot of couples like us in the theater community—and I know there aren’t a lot of performers as talented as she is… and then you have the whole mixed [race] thing. It was easy for people to root for us.”

Diggs went on to share how life is now that they’ve split. The Baggage Claim actor revealed that there are still some co-parenting kinks to work out since they live on opposite ends of the country. The two have a four-year-old son together, Walker Nathaniel Diggs.

“Right now, we’re still trying to figure out a lot of stuff because we’re on different coasts and our son is getting older,” he explained. “The toughest…well, lately, it’s just leaving for work when I know I have to be away from him for more than a few days.”

Diggs, who is already rumored to have a new girlfriend, isn’t the only one adjusting to the big changes. The famed Frozen actress also weighed in with her perspective of dating as a now-single mom. “It all sucks,” Menzel said. Unlike the Between Us actor, she isn’t too thrilled about jumping into a relationship for the sake of their son.

“I don’t want to keep introducing him to people and having him form bonds and then take ’em away, you know,” she said during an interview with Seattle PI. “It’s bad enough his mom and dad are getting divorced.”

Diggs and Menzel were married 10 years before announcing their split in late 2013.

Image via Taye Diggs, Facebook

  • debbi

    It happens to the best of couples – some get the advantage of having a great kid or two to keep in touch. Once you love someone it’s pretty hard to cut everything – especially when the son or daughter need to get through the first few years on even keel so as not to totally get screwed up and then have a much older mom and pops to put the blame on for the wonder years and the little ones did all the wondering. Taye has it going on very well – he will enjoy finding a new and exciting companion and have a nice hot summer. Since Walker is still a little fella and will most likely always think dad is “the man”. Good luck with cruising new.

  • Soprano

    Hey…they met on STAGE in RENT. STAGE. Not film. Get your facts straight. They were married 10 years….look at when the film was made. Do the math. They both knew Jonathan Larson (the composer). God. This is journalism?

    • Jenna

      They had started dating when they starred in Rent but didn’t marry until 2003, this is why they stated that they were married for a decade.

      • Soprano

        Umm I know…what does this have to do with what I said? RENT THE MOVIE came out in 2005. They married in 2003. They MET IN THE 90’s ON BROADWAY not in the MOVIE like this article says when it says this: “Diggs met his ex-wife on set during the production of the film adaptation for the Broadway musical, Rent.”

  • Fannie Butler

    Sure it’s tough but one must move forward and strive not to make the same mistakes that were made in their marriages if they plan to remarry.