Although they broke up back in 2016, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (Jake, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) have remained friends and done an amazing job co-parenting their daughter, Harper. During a recent chat with co-star Maurice Benard (Sonny) in his State of Mind web series, the actress revealed that the reason behind their split was definitely not that there was another woman! “Someone mentioned to me that there was an online rumor about that,” Storms smiled before declaring with a laugh: “I would not be talking to him now if he had cheated on me. I promise that!”
In fact, Storms credits their successful co-parenting of their now-eight-year-old daughter with the fact that they were good friends for seven years before they got together as a couple. “It was completely platonic,” she confessed. “I think once we got married it was obvious after a certain point it wasn’t going to work on a romantic level. I’m not going to say that our divorce was great, because it wasn’t, but divorce is always hard. I felt like I failed at this thing I had committed myself to. And I’m sure he felt the same way.”
But the reason that Storms believes she and Barash have been able to successfully raise their daughter is that they put their child first. “If you think about life as a whole big thing that we all go through, it’s such a small portion where we were negative towards each other. And we can make the rest of it better and happy and give our daughter the life that she deserves.
“Because I’ve cried with Brandon in the last few years about feeling like Harper has a broken family and she doesn’t have a lot of friends who have divorced parents,” she added. “But what I can do to better that for her is get along with her dad. We love our child so much. And we put her and her happiness first.”
Still, Storms admitted that she and Barash don’t always see eye to eye. “We do have times where it’s not good,” she confided. “Brandon and I got divorced for a reason. We have a child now and we don’t always agree on how parenting choices are made. He and I are very different. He’s Type A and I’m a free spirit.
“We’re not always the best co-parents,” she continued, “but we do come back after arguments and try to make the situation better. And I will say this, co-parenting aside, Brandon has been there for me. A lot. in times I’ve needed support, guidance, help… he’s been there when people I’m close to or related to have not. So I’m thankful to him about a lot of things.”
And Storms is even happy for her ex now that he is engaged to marry his girlfriend, Isabella Devoto. “His fiancée is incredible,” she smiled. “She loves our child, which makes me care about her. We’re really lucky. And I think that the fact that we all put Harper and her needs first is what makes it work.”
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