Last December, Broadway sweethearts Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel announced their split and their fans went crazy.

In a recent interview with Redbook, Diggs said the public’s reaction to their separation did not come as a surprise.

“I’d be lying if I said there weren’t times when I thought, Oh, man, people are going to trip out [if we split],” the actor said. “There weren’t a lot of couples like us in the theater community — and I know there aren’t a lot of performers as talented as she is … and then you have the whole mixed [race] thing. It was easy for people to root for us.”

Diggs and Menzel met during the original Broadway product of “Rent” in 1996, and married in 2003. Their son, Walker, was born in 2009. Diggs say that being separated isn’t easy when a child is involved.

“Right now, we’re still trying to figure out a lot of stuff because we’re on different coasts and our son is getting older,” Diggs said. “The best is seeing the expression on his face when I pick him up from school. The way he says ‘Daddy,’ is unrivaled by anything.”

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