The real reasons Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie divorced

Disney star Hilary Duff and hockey pro Mike Comrie said "I do" on Aug. 14, 2010 in a romantic candlelit ceremony at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif. Despite their picture-perfect nuptials and the birth of their son, Luca Cruz, in March 2012, something went awry. In January 2014, the couple put the breaks on the fairy tale, and by February 2016, they were officially divorced. Here's the real reason these lovebirds couldn't make it work.

They married at a young age

Stopping by The Talk in 2016, Duff was asked, "Looking back, do you think you were too young when you got married?" Rather than playing coy, the 29-year-old didn't mince words: "I do. I was 22 when I got married. I'm now divorced, I have a 4-year-old–I wouldn't change any of it for the world," she said. "However, I don't think we were mature enough to stick it out."

The former child star also admitted that marriage has lost much of its appeal. "I don't feel the need to get married again," she told The Love Bomb. "I got to have the experience and it was awesome. I guess if it mattered to someone else that much, I would consider it."

The spark began to fade

In her 2015 Cosmopolitan cover story, Duff revealed some of the underlying factors in her divorce, namely, time. "Mike and I were very in love when we met," she told the mag. "We both really wanted to get married. I'd been working since the age of 11 or 12, so making that choice at a young age seemed right for me. Maybe it wasn't, but we spent the majority of our time together really happy. It wasn't working well enough to stay together, but there was still a lot of love involved. It was just a slow set-in of us not being the match that we used to be. I'm lucky for the person he is and I am, and how we decided to handle this."

"I don't want to sound bitter because I'm definitely not, but I don't know if people are meant to be together forever," she said. "Things happen over a long relationship that you can't always fight. A marriage of 20 years, the accomplishment of that must feel really great, but there are also huge sacrifices. I just always want to fight for happiness."

She learned marriage is hard work

Speaking with her Younger (2015-) costar Nico Tortorella on his podcast, The Love Bomb, the singer-turned-actress revealed that despite tying the knot at a young age, "I think that I was in a very successful marriage for a long time." But she learned first-hand that nothing stays the same.

"We got together based on love, and we separated in a very loving way," she said. "I can't imagine going through that process with anyone but him, and he continues to be my very good friend… I think we handled it very consciously and with a lot of love. But marriage is sacred and marriage is not for everyone. Marriage is work. Marriage is really hard." She added, "I understand boredom or not connecting after however many years of marriage or a relationship…that's where the work comes in."

He allegedly tried to seduce other women

During the 13 months the couple was separated, there was chatter that they were trying to work things out, but that talk took a shocking turn when Comrie made headlines for allegedly trying to seduce a waitress at a Los Angeles restaurant and allegedly offering another female cash for sex.  

According to the rumors, the incident took place at Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills on Jan. 30, 2015. An anonymous staffer told the Daily Mail that "Mike was clearly already tipsy when he arrived. He was already slurring his speech a bit and walking funny, and it was only 9 pm. I watched him as he blatantly and repeatedly hit on his waitress." The source added, "She handled it well, remaining kind and professional [but] Mike just wouldn't let up with the flirting. It became a bit creepy. Even his buddy tried to dial him back a bit."

As the night rolled on, the waitress reportedly told the former hockey star that she wasn't available, but he allegedly insisted that he would wait for her shift to end. According to the server, his focus eventually shifted to another woman sitting at the bar with her date. "I heard him say to her, 'I saw you making eyes at me. Do you like what you see?'" the server told the Daily Mail. She claims Comrie pulled out "hundreds of dollars" and said, "How much do you want? How much for sex? Name your price." Restaurant security reportedly stepped in and placed Comrie in a taxi.

Comrie did not comment on the Daily Mail story.

Duff pulled the plug

Shortly after her husband's aforementioned tabloid scandal, Duff filed for divorce in 2015. The couple finally settled in January 2016, two years after the initial split. In the settlement, the couple chose to share custody of their son.

During an appearance on The Ellen Show, Duff talked about co-parenting with her ex. "We have such a great kid and we're both so obsessed with him," she said. "We are good friends and we laugh a lot. And we have a great communication and we share pictures when one is not with Luca. He's great, we are great and we keep on trucking."

She paid her ex $2.5 million

As part of the divorce, Duff had to shell out close to $2.5 million to her ex-husband, reported Us Weekly. According to the divorce papers (via TMZ), the actress kept the couple's two homes: a Beverly Hills mansion and a Malibu mobile home (which, we're guessing is not one's typical trailer.) Comrie reportedly walked away with a "2014 Bentley coupe, a 2013 Mercedes G-Class SUV and a bunch of jewelry." While a prenup ensured the pair would "split the child-rearing costs and neither gets spousal support," Duff did have to pay her ex-husband a whopping $2,408,786, or 50 percent of the value of their Beverly Hills mansion.

Being a single mom hasn't been easy

Despite her celebrity status, being a single mom has not been easy for Duff. "Some of my friends tell me, 'God, it must be so nice, you get a break from your kid because you share him, [but] I'm divorced, and it sucks," she toldRedbook in 2017. "Well, it did suck for a while—now it's just normal." She added, "I had Luca by myself for a few weeks—no help—when Mike was on the road. And when he got home I was like, 'He's yours! Bye!'"

The hardest part, she said, was getting "over the fact that I'm not going to have a baby that's close in age with Luca. It sucked when everyone would be like, 'When are you having another?' I'd be like, 'Do you know what's happening right now? I'm not having another.'"

They remain close (and were even spotted kissing!)

Despite their split, Duff and her ex have continued to engage in relationship-like behaviors, spending Valentine's Day together in 2014 and vacationing in Hawaii just one week after their divorce was finalized. The pair made headlines when they were even spotted kissing goodbye after spending time with their son in Beverly Hills in May 2016.

She told Entertainment Tonight they have "a really strong friendship and a lot of love for one another. We're a family, and we're always going to be a family." 

That may change after Comrie was accused of rape

Despite their seemingly good post-divorce relationship, things took a negative turn when Comrie was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his Los Angeles home in February 2017. According to TMZ, the pair met at a local bar and headed to the hockey player's home where, according to the woman, Comrie "raped her multiple times." The following day, she went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and "a rape kit was administered," reported TMZ. Sources said Comrie and the alleged victim had known each other "for a long time." A second woman, who did not file a complaint, was also allegedly involved in the sexual encounter. 

According to the Daily Mail, Comrie denied any wrongdoing and claimed the sex was consensual. The case was eventually dropped because "investigators say they can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Comrie acted without believing he had consent," reported TMZ.