Kate Hudson and musician Chris Robinson had a rollercoaster relationship over the years. Though their love story began as a perfect whirlwind romance, it ended in divorce, which stemmed from their toxic marriage.
Actress Kate Hudson met rocker Chris Robinson in May 2000 at a party in New York City and fell passionately in love with him. Four days later, they moved in together.
Hudson said everything fell into place when she first crossed paths with the lead vocalist for the rock band The Black Crowes.
Musician Chris Robinson and actress Kate Hudson during The Four Feathers premiere - Arrivals at Mann Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California. / Source: Getty Images
Three months later, Hudson was spotted with a diamond ring, and she noted that they considered themselves married already, explaining that Robinson wanted to give her a symbol of commitment to each other.
The couple wed on December 31, 2000, in a ceremony officiated by a Ute Indian shaman at the Old Snowmass, Colorado. "We're totally committed to each other, and that will never change unless something horrible happens," Hudson said at the time.
The businesswoman has had her fair share of disastrous relationships, telling Cosmopolitan in October 2005 that even her friends predicted she would be the last to marry. When she ultimately met her Prince Charming when she was 20, everything changed for her:
"It was so against my personality to just make that decision to fall deeply in love and get married and have kids."
Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson during premiere of "Le Divorce" at Paris Theater in New York, New York. / Source: Getty Images
Meanwhile, Robinson admitted that before he met her, he had never been in love before. Recalling their first date, he recounted:
"I'd never been in love before. We went to Central Park and we walked and talked all afternoon, and when she went to the restroom, I thought, 'Life is never going to be the same again.'"
Hudson said things happened in a blink of an eye between her and Robinson. They were attached to the hip and liked being with each other.
Kate Hudson and her husband Chris Robinson during The 75th Annual Academy Awards at The Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. / Source: Getty Images
However, because they have such demanding careers, at some point, he would be on tour for more than a year, and she had to continue with her acting career, which she found challenging.
But the starlet noted it made their relationship exciting because she could still have her independence, and they could still schedule their working life around each other.
SON RYDER FIXED THEIR 'VOLATILE' MARRIAGE
Kate Hudson and her ex husband Chris Robinson pictured walking with their son Ryder Robinson in SOHO on December 9 2007 in New York City, New York. / Source: Getty Images
What seemed like a fairytale soon turned into turmoil. Hudson revealed to People in 2003 that her marriage to Robinson was explosive right from the onset:
"In the beginning, we were so volatile. We were so in love and passionate, and then we would just hate each other and throw stuff around, and then we would travel to Paris for a week."
When asked what attracted her to the Georgia native, Hudson said Robinson was highly defiant and rebellious when she met him, and she loved that about him. Whereas she, on the other hand, is stubborn.
Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson during "Raising Helen" Los Angeles premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. / Source: Getty Images
When the "Something Borrowed" star fell pregnant with the couple's first child, she said she loved being pregnant, adding it was "my favorite time of my life."
Hudson and Robinson's one and only son, Ryder, was born in January 2004. His arrival somehow saved their marriage, with the new mom admitting to People:
"We’re sharing something so gigantic now. I think it’s the best we’ve ever felt being together."
HUDSON AND ROBINSON'S MARRIAGE FELL APART
Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson during Opening Night of "The Producers" at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. / Source: Getty Images
Still, the same year they welcomed their child, rumors started swirling that there was trouble in paradise. However, they were quickly shot down by a family friend who told People that it was far from the truth, stating because the two had a genuine friendship as lovers, their love would withstand anything.
Even so, two years after their son "fixed" their unstable relationship, Hudson and Robinson's marriage began to fall apart. Asked if her husband had any pet peeves about her, the "Glee" alum mentioned what she usually did that got under Robinson's skin, adding her mother, Goldie Hawn, did the same to her longtime love Kurt Russell.
Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson during "Miracle" premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. / Source: Getty Images
"I can sip on the same cold cup of coffee all day long. It just drives him nuts," Hudson revealed. She and Robinson announced their separation in August 2006. At the time, there were speculations that they were both unfaithful in their marriage, but they both denied it.
Robinson filed for divorce from Hudson in November 2006, after nearly six years of marriage. He cited "irreconcilable differences." Their son Ryder was only two years old, and both parties wanted joint custody and got it.
Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson during "The Skeleton Key" Los Angeles premiere at Universal City Walk in Universal City, California. / Source: Getty Images
The exes had a prenup, and Robinson did not seek spousal support. Their divorce was amicable, and they remained close, the Satellite Award winner told Daily Mail in 2008:
"Chris and I divorced for the right reasons - we just didn’t work. But we remain extremely close."
ROBINSON UNEXPECTEDLY CHALLENGED THE CUSTODY AGREEMENT
While the former couple parted ways with no drama, that soon changed when Robinson changed his tune regarding custody of their child.
The two were happy to co-parent Ryder, but Robinson shocked many ten years after the divorce and custody agreement when he reopened the custody agreement in 2017. Ryder was 12 years old by then.
Documents filed in California's Superior Court named Robinson as the petitioner while Hudson was the respondent.
The pair agreed for an evaluator to be assigned from the court to perform a child custody evaluation, then write a report and make recommendations for parental planning that would include physical and legal custody of him.
The duo also agreed that the evaluator would have access to medical records during the process, including access to employment, education, and other similar records for both of them. Hudson and Robinson were also required to do drug, alcohol, and psychological testing, including their son.
The court demanded Hudson fork out $7,500 for the evaluation within five days of the agreement being signed. Robinson wanted sole custody, and a report revealed that his former wife believed that he did it for the money.
HUDSON REUNITED WITH ROBINSON FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR 18-YEAR-OLD SON
Despite all the hardships, Hudson and Robinson reunited to support their already 18-year-old son Ryder when he graduated from high school in June 2022.
The proud mom paid tribute to her firstborn on Instagram, writing a lengthy post, saying he is an "incredible young man" who is "loving and kind." The mom of three said that raising Ryder has been the greatest gift and pleasure of her life, adding:
"Letting your babies fly is not easy but fly kiddos fly!"
She posted images of him wearing his graduation regalia alongside his half-siblings, Rani, whom she shares with fiance Danny Fujikawa and Bingham, her son from a previous relationship with ex-fiance Matt Bellamy.
Another photo showed Ryder posing in-between his parents, brimming with pride, while holding his diploma from Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California. While Hudson rarely talks about her first marriage, it seems she and Robinson have made co-parenting a success.
Their son turned eighteen in January and is dating actress Iris Apatow, the youngest daughter of director Judd Apatow, and actress Leslie Mann. The young couple celebrated their anniversary in April 2022 after publicly debuting their relationship in February 2022.