When Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber broke up in September 2016 after 11 years together, fans were heartbroken, but the stars themselves were determined to move on 鈥渨ith great love, respect, and friendship in [their] hearts.鈥 And while it surely hasn鈥檛 been easy, they appear to have succeeded, as Schreiber said in a new interview that they鈥檒l 鈥渁lways be partners.鈥

When the stars first revealed that they were no longer together, they released a joint statement to People, saying, 鈥淥ver the past few months we鈥檝e come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple. 鈥 We look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship.鈥

Asked on the Today show this week if the split has been difficult, the Ray Donovan actor replied, 鈥淚t鈥檚 always hard, you know. You build a life with someone and things change.鈥

He added, 鈥淚 think the way that we鈥檝e looked at it is that we鈥檒l always be partners and that鈥檚 what kind of keeps us together and keeps us amicable.鈥 After a moment of thought, he clarified, 鈥淲ell, even more than that. I think we also genuinely really care about each other.鈥

When Today鈥榮 Willie Geist noted that the couple鈥檚 children, nine-year-old Samuel and 10-year-old Alexander, see that their parents still care about each other, Schreiber said, 鈥淚t鈥檚 important to support each other, you know? It鈥檚 really important 鈥 I was making some jokes this morning at breakfast about mommy with the boys, and their eyes light up when I talk about her. You can see how important it is to them that their parents care about each other and that no matter what happens, you continue to try and do that.鈥

These two may no longer be a couple, but they are still #couplegoals. Or maybe #excouplegoals.

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