Jaime Pressly may have a potty mouth on My Name Is Earl, but the Emmy winner has nothing but nice words to say about her ex-fiance, DJ Eric Cubiche, with whom she has a son, Dezi, 1.
"We both still love each other, and the most important thing is our son," Pressly tells Redbook. "We want to make sure he's happy and taken care of. ... We make sure that no matter what happens, Dezi is okay and protected and knows that Mom and Daddy love him. We've never argued in front of him. We don't raise our voices around him."
The two, who have been friends for more than a decade, separated in November. Pressly says the split was a long time coming.
"When I was pregnant, Eric's job changed," she says. "He became a traveling DJ. So he was gone a lot. That's how part of the ... separation started. We'd been best friends for so long, and now it was kind of like we were leading two separate lives."
Despite the separation, the actress refuses to label herself as a "single mom." While Pressly has full custody of Dezi, whom she describes as "really smart kid, really animated," Cubiche sees his son every day when he's in town.
"Eric's very much a part of his life; he's a great father," Pressly says. "It's hard because when you're with somebody for a long time or have a child with someone, you start to expect them to be this person you had in mind. Then if they don't fill the expectation, resentment starts to come up. It doesn't mean that one person's bad and one person is good. Sometimes it just doesn't work."
Pressly hasn't started dating again, but she knows exactly what she's looking for in her next significant other.
"I'd like to be with somebody who isn't afraid to take care of me — whether they have the same financial means as me or not," she says. "What's important is that they realize there are other ways of taking care of me that have [nothing] to do with money. Like cooking me dinner or going to the grocery store or picking up after yourself."