A woman has become best friend’s with her ex’s wife – even though they hated each other at first.
Taylor Cole, who had son Beckham, three, with her 27-year-old ex Gentry Hatch, felt threatened by his new partner after they split.
She even fought with Madison Hatch, who is a 22-year-old who hopes to qualify in therapy.
The 27-year-old didn’t like when the student posted pictures of Beckham online and feared she’d replace her as “mum” to the toddler.
Taylor, a sports reporter, from Utah County, Utah, USA, said: "I didn't like Madison.
"No mum wants to be replaced and the idea that Beckham would like her more than me was hard."
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Taylor, who is also mum to Ledger, one, with her new husband Cameron, said her strained relationship with Gentry made matters worse.
She added: "I met Gentry in college and we went out for two and a half years and I got pregnant by accident.
"It was a really big deal and a really stressful time. We ended up in courts fighting over custody – it was a very acrimonious split.
"I couldn't have foreseen a time when we would be friendly.
"I tried my best to avoid him and when we did see each other, we would fight with each other."
After their rocky start, relations between the women became more friendly when Madison invited Taylor and Cameron, 27, to her December 2019 wedding to Gentry.
Madison explained: "When Madison chose to invite me and Cameron to her wedding, I felt like that was an act of solidarity. She cared to be our friend.
"I made assumptions about who Taylor was as a person and I didn't see things from her perspective.
"We didn't really like each other but it wasn't because of each other, it was because of the situation."
Madison used the opportunity to reassure Taylor she had no intention of replacing her as Beckham's mother.
She said: "I told her that my intentions were never to be his mum.
"I was just here for extra support and extra love.
"She texted me saying: 'If Beckham has to have another mum, I'm glad it's you.'"
The pair are now besties who chat every day, book in for spa days and co-parent together.
Taylor said: "I think she's my best friend, I tell her everything, we share a child.”
She added: "It's a woman-to-woman relationship, not just mum-to-mum.
"We speak at least once every day."
Madison said: "We try to have a girls' night at least once a month.
"We get massages and we go for dinner. We celebrate most holidays together.
"We've been trick or treating together, we always celebrate Beckham's birthday together, we have a Christmas party so that one parent never has to miss out on Christmas."
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After finding friendship in one another, the pair have set up a joint Instagram page called @steppedup.coparenting.
They encourage other divorced parents to take the steps that will help them bond with their ex's new partner.
And for others in their situation, Madison advised: "Start doing little things together that will make you feel more comfortable in each other's company.
"And finally have compassion for each other.
"Coparenting is very emotional and you have to take a step back and look at it from the other person's perspective."
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