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Putting Their Child First: Don Johnson On Friendship With Ex-Wife Melanie Griffith And Their Successful Co-Parenting

Date November 18, 2019 17:35

Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith had quite the relationship. Interestingly enough, these two were actually married twice.

In 1976, Don and Melanie were convinced they had found happily-ever-after in each other so they tied the knot. The union was short-lived, however, as the pair divorced six months later.

Melanie went on to marry actor Steve Bauer in 1982, but that marriage lasted only five years before they got divorced. In 1989, she decided to give marriage to Don another chance after the two rekindled their relationship.

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At this point, the couple welcomed daughter Dakota together but in 1996, the two broke up for good.

Don Johnson - Melanie Griffith's closeness after divorce

When these two got divorced for the second time, they had an important reason to stay connected - their daughter. And now, Don is opening up about how they are successful as co-parents.

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In an interview with ETCanada, not only did Don praise daughter Dakota Johnson's acting skills, but he also appreciated his closeness with his ex-wife.

On how the two have stayed friendly despite their divorce, the actor said it all had to do with both of them making their child a priority.

It’s pretty simple: when you love your children and want to share your life with them, it’s foolish to denigrate or have any animosity with their mother.

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In his opinion, he and Melanie simply tried to set the right examples for their child.

Children model you more than they listen to you.

Closeness with other exes

In a 2018 interview with InStyle, Melanie opened up about her feelings for her Don and her other exes, Steve Bauer and Antonio Banderas.

All of my husbands, my three husbands — I love them all so much, and we’re all very close.

It may sound odd that Melanie Griffith is choosing to maintain a closeness with all her ex-husbands, but her approach is commendable. Her experience shows it's possible to still remain cordial with exes especially when there are children to consider.

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