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Actor Brooke Burke and ex-husband David Charvet are determined to keep their family together, even though the couple divorced.

Burke said she and her ex-husband still have a lot of love for one another and they recognize that divorce takes a toll on the children too. So they co-parent with love and intention, always keeping the lines of communication open.

Brooke Burke and ex-husband David Charvet still have a deep love

“I mean, divorce happens to everyone in the family. It’s not just the parents,” she said on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast. “Everybody gets a divorce, you know? And let me define that a little bit because it’s not that you’re divorcing and your children, but I mean, everybody sort of goes through it.”

Brooke Burke, ex-husband David Charvet and children smile for a photo during a ski event
Brooke Burke, ex-husband David Charvet and their children | Kim Raff/Getty Images for Operation Smile

“So David and I really chose to take the high road for our kids,” she continued. “We also have a deep love and a long history and we’ve known each other since we were 21 and 22. And yeah, maybe we weren’t great as husband and wife in that role. But we are friends and we have a mutual respect and we raise our kids together and we do everything for the better good of our children.”

The couple has a great divorce relationship, she says

“And then we also meet each with honesty, you know, in our own process of change,” Burke remarked about her ex-husband. “And I’ve had to sort of redesign my life and reinvent what I thought love looked like a couple of times. So I would just tell the people that [they should] have a better working relationship divorce than you did when you were married or you’d still be married.”

She added, “And it is possible and communicate and just have boundaries and, you know, define what you need. And I think that communication is such a big part of it. And I know it’s easier said than done. But defining boundaries and you know, be a peacemaker. I try to be a peacemaker in life.” 

Brooke Burke wants to keep her private life private

Maintaining a peaceful life also means steering clear of reality television. “It’s very intrusive and a lot of exposure. I would rather do a business-minded type of a show, an entrepreneurial type of show, a female network type of show,” she said. “You know what, I never know. It would have to be the right platform.”

When asked if she’d ever consider joining a Housewives series, Burke said she’d rather be a viewer than on the show. “I never wanted to drag my kids through that. And really, you know, it’s funny now because my two oldest daughters are singer-songwriters and they’re kind of dabbling in the business. So they’re like, “Hey mom”, I’m like, oh, now you guys want to, now you guys want to go public.”


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“I just don’t know. The entrepreneurial part of it, I really do appreciate. And I get the value of that. I don’t know if I could, [because] I just have so much going on within – I like my privacy.”

Plus, “I like my family life and I like the time with my man,” she said. Burke also needs her alone time. “[So] I don’t know if I could hang out with a bunch of chicks and get drunk and fight. Although I love Lisa Rinna. Although some of my girlfriends are on the show. So I say that with mad respect, you know.