Taye Diggs knows fans were devastated when he and wife of 10 years, Idina Menzel, announced their separation last December, because — let's face it — they were truly a one-of-a-kind couple!
"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 shares. "Maybe they thought it was cute that we met in 'Rent.'"
The pair were members of the musical's original cast back in 1996 and have gone on to have successful careers in theater, television and film.
"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," the Private Practice star says of their relationship.
"It was easy for people to root for us. 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."
The couple are parents to 4-year-old son Walker who splits his time between Taye in LA, where the actor is filming his new TNT series Murder in the First, and Idina in NYC, who is currently starring on Broadway in "If/Then."
That is the most challenging part of parenthood for him. "You can do whatever with your own life, but when it comes to someone else's, who is your blood, it's a level of vulnerability that I wasn't — that I'm still not — prepared for," Taye reveals, admitting he's away from his son "more than a few days" for work.
But he's learned to savor the little things when spending time with Walker. "The best is seeing the expression on his face when I pick him up from school—the way he says ‘Daddy' is unrivaled by anything," Taye tells Redbook magazine.