After almost seven years of marriage, reality star Kristin Cavallari and former football pro Jay Cutler revealed they had called it quits at the beginning of the pandemic in April 2020. Now, the successful Uncommon James founder is opening up about her new life as a single parent to three children — the good and the bad.
“I only have my kids half the time now,” she recently told the Grazia Gazette: The Hamptons. "I have them every other week."
But instead of looking at the new family dynamic with sadness, Cavallari has taken a positive approach. “I have just decided that the week I have my kids, I’m mom,” she said. “I’m not doing anything else.”
As OK! previously reported, the divorce between the Laguna Beach alum and the ex-NFL player has gotten messy. Though Cavallari had signed a prenup intended to protect Cutler’s NFL earnings before marrying the Chicago Bears QB in June 2013, Cutler is looking to cash in on Cavallari’s Uncommon James brand.
However, the reality star is reportedly fighting to retain full ownership, claiming that Cutler did not put any money into the company.
But she isn’t letting the financial war get in the way of her joy. “I’m so happy right now!” Cavallari told Grazia Gazette. “The jewelry is doing incredible, skincare did [incredible], and I want to open up another store, too, next year. I’m loving it, and I feel like my work-life balance is at a really great place at the moment.”
She added, “I’ve always had this work ethic in me and I’ve always wanted to make my own money. It has always been really important to me because I never wanted to rely on anybody. To me, money was freedom. It was independence.”
The 34-year-old is currently in the midst of finding a balance between mom life, career life and single life. When she is spending time with sons Camden, 8, and Jaxon, 7, and daughter Saylor, 5, she is in full mommy mode — but when Cutler, 38, has the kids, she embraces Me Time.
“I have a week off where I can go to dinner every night with my friends if I want to. I can work really hard if I need to. I can stay at the office later if I need to,” she said. “But when I have my kids, I’m not doing anything else.”
Overall, it seems as though the split has been for the best — and Cavallari is optimistic about the future. “I’m just feeling very thankful and very happy with where I’m at,” Cavallari told the Gazette. “For so many years, for me, everything was the future: like, ‘Okay, I need to be doing X, Y, and Z in 2022. And then I want to do this and then I want that.’ I wasn’t living in the moment. Now I’m just sort of letting life happen."
“That’s not to say that I don’t have goals,” she concluded. “I’m enjoying the whole process: the good, bad, the ugly. It’s all part of life, and that’s why we’re here.”