Kristin Cavallari has broken her silence about leaving her husband of seven years, former football star Jay Cutler, in April.
The jewelry designer told People on Wednesday the breakup was a long time coming and unavoidable.
‘It didn’t happen overnight,’ said the 33-year-old blonde beauty. ‘We tried really, really hard for years and years. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made.’
Together the are co-parenting sons Camden, eight, and Jaxon, six, and daughter Saylor, four and Kristin and Jay are in close contact. ‘I still care so much about him and talk to him almost every day,’ she added. ‘We have three kids together. He’s going to be in my life forever.’
As for what caused them to part, Cavallari said there were issues they could not get over.
‘Every relationship has their stuff. I met Jay when I was 23. I was a baby. Jay and I had so much love for each other, but we grew up,’ she stated. ‘When you work at something for so many years and nothing’s changing, I think you have to just make a decision. We all want to be happy.’
The reality TV show Very Cavallari put a lot of attention on their marriage.Now she has ended the show because she did not want it to cover her personal life. ‘I just knew I was going to have to talk about everything, and I didn’t want to. Thinking about filming was giving me anxiety,’ said the star.’My kids are the most important thing to me. What’s best for them?’ she shared. ‘Probably not doing a reality show, having to talk about divorcing their dad.’
And she noted the public’s perception of their marriage was off.
‘I always thought it was interesting when people would refer to us as “couple goals,”‘ said the author of the new cookbook, True Comfort (which comes out September 29).
‘I was like, “If you guys only knew,”‘ said the Uncommon James owner.
And they ‘definitely kept a lot of stuff private,’ during filming.
‘Producers saw stuff, but they didn’t put it in the show — which is good, because I don’t want my kids to ever [see that],’ she noted.
In August she told Us Weekly she is focusing on herself, kids and business Uncommon James and is learning ‘how to cut toxicity’ out of her life.