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Rachel Bilson Says Parenting With Ex Hayden Christensen Is 'a Tricky One'

When news broke that our high school crushes Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen called off their nearly decadelong relationship last year, we were devastated (well, as much as one could be for people we’ve never met). Since the split, both parties have remained pretty quiet, focusing primarily on their careers and their daughter, Briar Rose. But with a new series, Take Two, on the horizon, Bilson is becoming more open about her duties as working mom and co-parent — and she’s leaving the fluff behind. 

"We’re still kind of trying to figure it out," she told People about co-parenting with her ex. "It’s a tricky one, and I don’t know that there is any right way, necessarily." 

Look, as much as we all love when celebrities can remain best friends with their exes and gush about how beautiful co-parenting is, the reality remains that it’s not that seamless for everyone. And guess what? It’s OK not to have all the answers. What’s most critical, Bilson said, is making sure the children are happy, healthy and loved. 

More: 5 Harsh Truths of Co-Parenting With an Ex

"We say Mommy has a house and Daddy has a house, but she’s pretty young to have an in-depth conversation," Bilson continued. "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… 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." 

Sounds to us like Bilson and her modern family are doing just fine. 

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