The real reason Dax Shepard and Kate Hudson split

Dax Shepard and Kate Hudson’s short-lived 2007 romance is often forgotten. Before their time together, the actors were linked to other notable celebrities. Hudson was reportedly dating her You, Me and Dupree co-star Owen Wilson — which she didn’t even address until a decade and a half later. During an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, the actor jokingly confirmed the years-old rumor. “I was there with a Wilson too,” Hudson told Barrymore as they discussed their dating history. Meanwhile, Shepard had just ended a couple of relationships of his own. According to InStyle, the “Buddy Games” star had a short-lived affair with Olympic figure skater Tara Lipinski after his time at Briegh Morrison.

Coincidentally, Shepard’s romance with Hudson happened just months before he started dating his wife, Kristen Bell. However, Bell previously told POPSUGAR that the couple broke up because Shepard was “still dating other people.” The couple reunited a short time later and have been together ever since. Interestingly, Shepard also appears to have formed a friendship with his ex, Hudson. And after years apart, the actors finally revealed the reason for their split.

Dax Shepard and Kate Hudson went in different directions

Dax Shepard and Kate Hudson sat down during a 2019 episode of Shepard’s podcast, “Armchair Expert,” to talk about their time as a couple. The couple started by explaining where their romance began. The duo first met at fellow actor Tobey Maguire’s house – though both had different relationships at the time. Shepard and Hudson reunited a year later, but their time together was temporary. Hudson went on to admit that the actors were in “different” places in their lives (via E! News).

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“I’ve often felt very ‘less than’ around you,” Shepard added. “I think I was just at the point where I wouldn’t be getting cast in films anymore… And you were doing the best thing you’ve ever done and had the most opportunities at that time.” For her part, Hudson suggested, that she cannot fully commit to Shepard due to her busy career. “Honestly, I didn’t give Dax what he needed and I made choices that weren’t centered around relationships,” she said.

Shepard, of course, began his relationship with his now-wife, Kristen Bell. While Hudson was reportedly linked to the late actor Heath Ledger after her time with Shepard.

Both actors ended up in happy relationships

Years after Dax Shepard and Kate Hudson split, Shepard and Kristen Bell rose to become one of Hollywood’s most prominent couples. The duo – the parents of daughters Lincoln and Delta – have been together for over a decade and make no secret of their love for one another. “Oh, he’s the best. He’s 100 percent the best ever,” Bell told Page Six.

Kate Hudson also found love after her time with Shepard. In 2010, the actor began dating Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. Months later, Hudson – who shares son Ryder with ex-husband Chris Robinson – announced the couple are expecting their first child together. However, in 2014, the couple called off their engagement but committed to remaining “close friends and committed co-parents,” People reports.

Despite her split from Bellamy, Hudson took another shot at love. In 2021, the Deepwater Horizon star announced that she was engaged to Danny Fujikawa. The pair made their red carpet debut in 2017 and welcomed their first child together a year later. The couple shared the engagement news in a post on Instagram, with Hudson writing “Let’s go” alongside the bride and groom emojis.

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