It’s why Jake Ejercito and Andi Eigenmannare #inspo for young parents who want to ‘peacefully’ co-parent with an ex. Despite disagreements in the past that unfortunately became public because of their celebrity status, the two have managed to put those aside for the benefit of their 8-year-old daughter, Ellie.
But Jake admits that it wasn’t always smooth sailing. “I get to read the comments about ‘yung setup namin [with Andi] and how we’re doing nowadays. But you know, it wasn’t always this easy,” the dad shares in an online interview with Pep.ph.
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He adds that co-parenting goes through many phases. But if former partners are willing put in the work, it can be successful.
The key is to remember why you’re doing it in the first place: It’s for the benefit of your child. “Eventually, when you guys mature and you learn to be child-focused and set the past aside… you just have to compromise and focus on the welfare of the kid (Ellie). That’s what we do.”
In an interview with Inquirer.netearlier this year, Jake shares that he and Andi try to exclude their daughter from “all the drama.” He adds, “I think she [Ellie] is now well aware of what happened between Andi and I. She knows that I’m not with her mom; that ours is not a normal family.”
“But as much as possible, Andi and I try to give her a sense of normalcy. I’m so thankful that finally we’ve figured out co-parenting for Ellie. We’re doing this with our daughter in mind,” he says.
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His relationship with Andi may have gone through a lot of challenges, but Jake admits being able to successfully co-parent with her has made him feel “at peace.”
“I guess that’s why I’m at peace now and why I’ve found the right balance,” he tells Pep.ph.