Nearly 15 years after Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid‘s high-profile divorce, their son, Jack Quaid, has candidly opened up about how he dealt with his parents’ split when he was just nine-years-old.

“It’s one of those weird ages for your parents to get divorced,” Jack, 23, said during a new interview. “You’re old enough to know what’s going on, but young enough to be kind of naïve about it. It’s a whole deal.”

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Jack and Dennis in February 2003.

Meg, 54, and Dennis, 61, married in February 1991 after shooting their second film, D.O.A., together. They welcomed son Jack, their only child, in April 1992 and finalized their divorce in July 2001.

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“It’s hard to ignore [your parents’ split] when you’re at a grocery store and you’re checking out and you look at [magazines], and there’s a photo of them with a little paper rip graphic between them. It’s a hard deal,” Jack said of Meg and Dennis’ much-publicized separation.

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Meg and Jack in March 2011.

“I acknowledge fully the way that I grew up was not normal. But at the same time, it was normal in the sense that despite what my parents do, they are still a mom and a dad. It’s not like they are their characters at the dinner table or anything like that,” Jack added during his chat on the Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss podcast.