Idina Menzel shared a rare photo of herself and her teenage son, Walker, with ex-husband Taye Diggs. “Happy New Year everyone, from me and my three curly-haired boys. xoxo,” the Frozen star, 51, captioned a sweet selfie via Instagram on Sunday, January 1, in which she posed with Walker, 13, husband Aaron Lohr, and their dog. As the family reclined on the couch, the Broadway star placed a red heart over her son’s face, as per US Magazine.
Menzel and Diggs rarely post pictures of their kid on social media. The parents, on the other hand, have regularly praised their child, whom they welcomed in September 2009.
“He doesn’t feel the need to follow in our footsteps. He’s doing all this stuff that I didn’t get a chance to,” the Empire alum exclusively told Us Weekly in July 2020, revealing that Walker is more interested in athletics than showbiz. “He’s a really great athlete. He plays basketball every day and when he’s not playing basketball, he’s running around throwing a football.”
From 2003 through 2011, Diggs and Menzel were married. The now-exes met while costarring in the 1996 Broadway production of Rent. The How Stella Got Her Groove Back actress was the first to play Benny, while the Disenchanted actress was the first to play Maureen. Nine years later, they reprised their roles in the film adaptation of Jonathan Larsen’s Tony-winning musical.
In terms of parenting, the Private Practice star quipped in 2019 that he’s “the last person to give advice” on the shift. “I think you can’t go wrong when you just put the kid first,” he told Us, emphasizing, “Put the kid first and it really prioritizes all the other bull.”
Diggs previously revealed the secret of his copacetic co-parenting relationship with Menzel in 2017. “[We] trust each other,” he explained to Us. “We both love our son so much, that the best way to raise him is to provide him with whatever we can.”
In July 2022, the Uncut Gems actress told Us exclusively that she “built [her] son the treehouse I always wished I had as a kid.” Despite the fact that Walker was an adolescent at the time, Menzel admitted that she “still like[s] to hold him like a baby when he sleeps.”
When the Tony winner married Lohr, 46, in September 2017, she disclosed in a heartfelt social media post that Walker and her father accompanied her down the aisle.
Meanwhile, Diggs is dating producer Apryl Jones, a mother of two. On New Year’s Day, the Will & Grace veteran posted a cute video of himself snuggling and laughing with one of Jones’ children. “My lovies,” Jones said in response to Diggs’ Instagram video.
In 2019, the Set It Up actor told Us that Walker “wants a younger sibling, but he also says he doesn’t want Dad to have a girlfriend,” joking, “I don’t know how we’re going to work that out.”