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Busy Philipps on her unsupportive husband: ‘He didn’t understand how to be a dad’

Busy Philipps reveals she felt her husband Marc Silverstein let her down after the birth of their first child Birdie Leigh, who is now 10.

In an interview with Parents magazine (via People), the White Chicks star admitted he “didn’t understand” how to be a dad and wasn’t supportive when she brought up the idea of having a second child. Something she says she found “heartbreaking”.

“He was not understanding how to be a dad and, in fact, didn’t try. I was parenting by myself,” says the 39-year-old actress. “When I told him I wanted to have a second child, he said, ‘Fine, but it’s all on you.’ That was so heartbreaking.”

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Busy Phillips and husband Marc Silverstein. Busy with their daughters. Source: Instagram

Busy: “Something had to change”

Busy and producer Marc had their second child Cricket Pearl, now five, and the Freaks and Geeks alum says she confronted her husband over his lack of involvement.

“Marriage is always hard, but especially when you have kids,” she says. “You’re going to go through periods when you’re not into it, but there always has to be one person willing to fight.

“I went to Marc several times and said, ‘I cannot do this anymore. Something has to change, and it’s you.’”

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Busy and Marc had a lot of serious discussions

Busy reveals the couple sought counselling and Marc was willing to put in the work.

“We’ve had a lot of serious discussions and counselling, and he’s incredibly participatory now in a way I don’t think he could’ve imagined before,” she added.

“We’re a work in progress but trying our best, and that’s the most you can do.”

We’re glad you and Marc have worked things out, Busy.

If you are dealing with an unsupportive partner and aren’t coping, then we recommend you speak to your doctor or seek counselling to get the appropriate help you need.

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