Kevin Costner faced a difficult time after his divorce from Christine Baumgartner. “That’s a crushing moment,” Costner, 69, said on CBS Mornings with Gayle King. “It hurt, but I go forward.”

The Yellowstone actor, who split from Baumgartner, 50, last year, emphasized that he had “no choice” but to move on for his children. The former couple shares sons Cayden, 17, and Hayes, 15, along with daughter Grace, 14. Costner also has daughters Annie, 40, and Lily, 37, and son Joe, 36, with ex-wife Cindy Silva, and son Liam, 26, with Bridget Rooney.

“My children are looking at me, so I can’t wilt like a daisy,” he said. “I have to go forward. I have to continue to be who I am and to keep a special eye on who they are.”

Baumgartner filed for divorce in May 2023 after nearly 19 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. Costner’s rep stated that circumstances beyond his control led to the divorce, requesting privacy for the family during this difficult time, according to TMZ.

A source told Us Weekly that Costner’s Yellowstone schedule was a major factor in the split. “Christine wasn’t happy with Yellowstone’s schedule delays because it caused him to miss so much time with his family,” the insider shared.

After a legal battle over child support, the couple finally settled in September 2023. Details of their agreement were not disclosed.

Reports in January suggested Baumgartner had moved on with Costner’s friend Josh Connor, though she testified in July 2023 that they were just friends. Another source told Us that their relationship turned romantic “relatively recently” and that Connor had been her “rock” during the divorce.

Costner was rumored to be dating Jewel but later clarified they were just friends. “Jewel and I are friends — we’ve never gone out,” he said on The Howard Stern Show. “She’s special, and I don’t want these rumors to ruin our friendship because that’s what we have.”