Kevin Costner Reveals details about His Divorce


Kevin Costner, the celebrated 69-year-old actor, found himself at the center of intense media scrutiny last summer due to his highly publicized divorce from Christine Baumgartner. The end of their marriage was not only a significant personal upheaval for Costner but also a frequent subject of headlines. For the actor, the experience was one he would rather not repeat. Speaking candidly on CBS Mornings on June 27, Costner shared the raw and profound emotions he endured during this tumultuous period.

“That’s a crushing moment,” Costner confessed, reflecting on the pain of his second divorce. “It’s powerful and it hurt, but I go forward.” Despite the heartbreak, Costner knew he couldn’t afford to dwell in sorrow. He had three young children with Baumgartner—Cayden, 17, Hayes, 15, and Grace, 14—who needed his strength and presence. “I have no choice; my children are looking at me. So, I can’t wilt like a daisy,” he explained. “I have to go forward; I have to continue to be who I am and keep a special eye on who they are.”

Costner’s commitment to his children provided him with a sense of direction and purpose amid the emotional turmoil. His determination to remain resilient and attentive to his children’s needs underscores his role as a devoted father. This period of his life also coincided with the promotion of his latest film, “Horizon: An America Saga,” which added another layer of complexity to his situation.

During his promotional activities, Costner frequently faced questions about his personal life. When asked by Fox News Digital about his future romantic prospects, Costner reflected on his past relationships with Baumgartner and his first wife, Cindy Silva. “I had two unique relationships,” he said, emphasizing the individuality of each marriage. “But trying to describe that in an interview and being here to talk about Horizon, I’ll try for you. A person who wants to be loved, and they want to be, you know … feel like they’re at their very best. And that love helps that and doesn’t hinder it.”

Costner’s reflections on love highlight his desire for a relationship that nurtures and elevates both partners. He values a connection where love acts as a catalyst for mutual growth and fulfillment. Despite his openness to the idea of future romance, Costner remains cautious, especially considering the recent rumors linking him with singer Jewel.

In an interview with Howard Stern, Costner addressed the speculation about his relationship with Jewel, which had been circulating since December. “Jewel and I are friends,” Costner clarified. “We’ve never gone out, ever. She’s fantastic, she’s special, and I don’t want these rumors to ruin our friendship because that’s what we have. She’s special… She’s everything you might think, but it just hasn’t happened.”

Costner’s assertion underscores the importance of preserving his genuine friendship with Jewel, free from the pressures and assumptions of romantic involvement. Despite the absence of a romantic relationship, he acknowledged the special qualities that make Jewel an exceptional person in his life.

Adding to the whirlwind of rumors, even Reese Witherspoon was mentioned alongside Costner in the Hollywood gossip mill. The actor understands the allure of such stories, given his newly single status. “Divorced all of a sudden,” he said, acknowledging the public’s fascination with pairing celebrities together. However, he made it clear that neither Jewel nor Witherspoon was spending time with him romantically. Costner is focused on healing his heart, though he hinted that there might be room for a future date with Jewel.

“I’ve had conversations with her text-wise and she’s so smart, and she’s been through a lot herself and so we have a friendship,” he elaborated. “We don’t have a romance, and we’ve not dated. She’s beautiful and smart enough for all those things—it just has never happened for us.” Costner’s remarks leave the door slightly ajar for potential developments, but for now, he values the intellectual and emotional connection they share as friends.

Costner’s journey through his second divorce is a testament to his resilience and dedication to his family. While navigating the complexities of his personal life, he remains grounded and focused on his responsibilities as a father. His reflections on love and friendship reveal a man who values deep, meaningful connections, whether they are romantic or platonic.

As Costner continues to heal and move forward, he does so with an open heart and an unwavering commitment to being the best version of himself for his children and anyone who may come into his life. For now, his priority remains clear: to keep moving forward, embracing each day with the strength and determination that have always defined him, both on and off the screen.