Country music star Thomas Rhett was 9 when his parents, Paige Lankford and Rhett Akins, got divorced.
But Rhett never had to choose where he wanted to celebrate holidays.
“We’ve always kept it amicable and even now, we spend Christmas together,” Lankford told Sheinelle Jones on the newest episode of the TODAY digital series “Through Mom’s Eyes.”
The former spouses, who are both happily remarried, even go on ski trips with their grown children.
“If you create problems… it creates problems for your kids,” Lankford explained. For that reason, Lankford made it a point never to speak poorly of Akins in front of Rhett and siblings.
“Don’t ever badmouth your ex because that is their father and you married him for a reason,” Lankford advised. “They have some good in ‘em, so just keep all that to yourself."
Lankford noted that because she and Akins were on the same page, their kids “came through it” without scars.
“My mom’s a saint,” Rhett, 30, gushed to CMT.com. “(She) just instilled a lot of good morals into me, and I have a lot of my mom in me as far as morals go.”
Lankford told Sheinelle she becomes emotional when Rhett praises her parenting.
"I tear up and cry just every time I hear it."