Theirs was a passionate relationship, with Hudson also explaining to People that year, “In the beginning we were so volatile. We were so in love and passionate, and then we would just hate each other and throw stuff around, and then we would travel to Paris for a week.”
They welcomed son Ryder on Jan. 7, 2004. Hudson said, about becoming parents, “I think it’s the best we’ve ever felt being together.”
But there was no magical glue that could hold the couple together. They separated in August 2006 and Robinson filed for divorce that November. Whatever sticking points made staying together impossible, they’ve since had an almost-drama-free divorce, the actress and the rock star putting Ryder’s needs ahead of any lingering bad blood.
“Chris and I divorced for the right reasons—we just didn’t work. But we remain extremely close,” Hudson told the Daily Mail in 2008, having just played one half of an estranged couple that reconnects during a zany treasure hunt in Fool’s Gold. “The reasons are personal [as to why it didn’t work], but those things weren’t difficult. They can be, but dealing with work schedules is always a challenge. I think that’s true for everybody.”