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Megan Fox's ex opens up about 'picking battles' as they co-parent their three children together

The Jennifer's Body star shares three sons with Brian Austin Green

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11:  Actors Megan Fox (L) and Brian Austin Green attend Ferrari Celebrates 60 Years In America on October 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Ferrari North America)
Bryony Gooch
US Writer
17 April 2024
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Brian Austin Green got real about what co-parenting is like with ex-wife Megan Fox who he split from in 2021.

One of his rules? "Pick your battles", he said. 

"The person that you were with that you're now separated from, you guys are separated for a reason, because you didn't get along." the former Beverly Hills, 90210 star explained. "So, you can't expect to then get along after the fact in raising your kids."

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 09: Megan Fox (L) and Brian Austin Green attend the PUBG Mobile's #FIGHT4THEAMAZON Event at Avalon Hollywood on December 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)© Rodin Eckenroth
Megan and Brian share three children together

He added: "You have to decide, 'OK, it's not about us getting along anymore. It's about us co-parenting, which is a totally different situation.'"

The 50-year-old added that his number one rule for communicating with his co-parent was: "always make sure that everything is centered around the experience of the kids."

"People make a mistake of thinking that they're gonna do things so the separation doesn't affect the kids", he continued. "Of course it's gonna affect the kids, the only choice you have is how it affects the kids."

Megan Fox at Revolve Festival: The Seventh Annual Fashion, Music and Lifestyle Event held on April 13, 2024 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/WWD via Getty Images)© Gilbert Flores
Megan's been rocking blue hair since her split from MGK was announced

Megan and Brian share three sons together from their 17 year relationship: Noah Shannon, 11, Bodhi Ransom, 10, and Journey River, seven.

It seems the Transformers star has her own set of rules for co-parenting with Brian, as she explained on The Drew Barrymore Show: "It's really important when people separate to never ever disparage the other parent or even in a passive aggressive way, make remarks."

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess are seen on January 17, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by jfizzy/Star Max/GC Images)© jfizzy/Star Max
Brian with new fiancé Sharna Burgess

She added: "I don't let anything in my energy like that when I'm around my kids because if I don't accept and love their father I'm rejecting a part of them because he's a part of who they are always."

The couple may have been together for 17 years, but they've both moved on happily. Brian is engaged to Sharna Burgess, with whom he shares a child - born in 2022. Megan isn't the only person Brian has to arrange co-parenting with, as he shares a son with former 90210 castmate Vanessa Marcil.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 27: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (L-R) Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly attend the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, which was broadcast live on FOX on May 27, 2021. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)© Kevin Mazur
Megan and MGK recently announced the end of their engagement

Meanwhile, Megan revealed her engagement to long-time partner Machine Gun Kelly had been called off. 

She told Alex Cooper on the Call Her Daddy Podcast: "I think that what I've learned from being in this relationship is that it's not for public consumption, so I think as of now, I don't have a comment on the status of the relationship per say."

"What I can say is that is what I refer to as being my twin soul and there will always be a tether to him no matter what. I can't say for sure what the capacity will be, but I will always be connected to him somehow", she added. "Beyond that I'm not willing to say."

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