Kevin Costner Is Keeping His Heart Open To Love Following Divorce

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Kevin Costner says he will not let his divorce harden his heart

Academy-award-winning actor Kevin Costner and his ex-wife Christine Baumgartner finalized their high-profile divorce earlier this year after nearly 20 years of marriage. Even though the split was undoubtedly difficult, the 69-year-old has not ruled out the possibility of love in the future.

In a new cover story for PEOPLE, Costner says that he thinks “everybody would like to be in love.” He adds:

“There’s such a good feeling that’s associated with that. It may have to be defined in a different way, but yeah, I love the idea of that possibility.” 

Kevin Costner and his ex wife Christine
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Costner says that focusing on his kids helped him endure the last year

The former couple share three children: Cayden (17), Hayes (15), and Grace (14). Reflecting on navigating through parenthood during and after the split, Costner shared:

“You just do it. You just keep talking, you keep coaching [the kids], you keep interested in what they’re interested in… I had to.”

As a father of seven, his role as a father plays a large part in Costner’s life. In addition to his kids with Baumgarten, he has four adult children from previous relationships: Annie (40), Lily (37), Joe (36), and Liam (27).

I’m not going to let anything harden my heart,” concluded Costner.


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Kevin Costner shuts down rumors of a romance with Jewel

Rumors began circulating that Costner was dating pop star Jewel when photos of the pair together at a charity tennis event in the Virgin Islands surfaced in December 2023. An unnamed source told TMZ that their pair were “flirty” during the event.

However, Costner addressed the rumors during a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show. When Stern asked the actor about the suspected romance, he responded:

“No, Jewel and I are friends. We’ve never gone out ever. She’s special, and I don’t want, I don’t want these rumors to ruin our friendship…She’s special to me…It just has never happened for us. She’s everything you might think, but it just hasn’t happened.”

Hear it from Kevin Costner himself in the clip below!