Tutera, 47, will have custody of his daughter, Cielo, while his ex, Ryan Jurica, will bring up her fraternal twin, Cedric, on his own.
"It was a very confusing time," Tutera, told People of his split from Jurica, 35, during which a surrogate was carrying their twins. "The divorce happened so quickly after the [embryo] transfer was successful that there wasn't time to mourn the loss of raising a second child — I was mourning the loss of my relationship."
Tutera, who is based in Los Angeles, Calif., says he and Jurica, who lives in Connecticut, never discussed raising the twins together. However, the celebrity party planner says it is a priority for the twins, who were born on June 19, to be in each other's lives. "We can't pretend like this doesn't exist for them — that's completely selfish. It is our responsibility to do the right thing for our children," Tutera told the magazine. "We've exchanged photos. The mudslinging has ended. And I hope that one day, Ryan and I will be friends."
Now that their messy split is in the past, Tutera says he is just excited about the struggles and successes of fatherhood. "I think we all envision ourselves married and in a relationship. But I'm an older dad, and there is something very enlightening about being a single father," he says. "I'll make mistakes, but my job for the rest of her life is to protect her and support her. We're a team."
Tutera's latest reality show, David Tutera: Unveiled, airs Saturdays at 6/5c on WEtv.