LOL! Why Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn are 'afraid to split up'

Jerry O’Connell shared the unconventional key to his andRebecca Romijn’s successful marriage.

“The secret … is we had twins and now we’re too afraid to split up because one of us might end up with our kids,” the actor, 45, told Us Weekly exclusively on Thursday, November 14, while promoting Bob Evans Microwave Dinners with Alfonso Ribeiro. “We stay together and not for the kids, so not one of us has to deal with them. We would have a rare anti-custody battle.”

The New York native explained, “You know how famous couples go through custody battles and they’re crazy and drag on for years? We would have a very quick [one]. ‘Your honor, I should not have anything to do with these children.’ … They know. This is not a secret."

Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romjin through the years
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Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romjin through the years
Rebecca Romijn Stamos and Jerry O'Connell arrive at the 5th annual TV Guide Emmy® Party held at Les Deux. (Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 17: Actress Rebecca Romjin and actor Jerry O' Connell arrive at The Grand Opening weekend of The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino on January 17, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jacob Andrzejczak/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Actors Jerry O'Connell (L) and Rebecca Romjin attend the Broadway opening night of "Seminar" at The Golden Theatre on November 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
Actors Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn arrive at the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy�� Awards held at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell at 92nd Street Y on July 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Mendez/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA- NOVEMBER 09: Actress/model Rebecca Romijn (L) and actor/husband Jerry O'Connell arrive at the 2nd Annual Baby2Baby Gala at The Book Bindery on November 9, 2013 in Culver City, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Actors Rebecca Romijn (L) and Jerry O'Connell attend Cotton Incorporated's Blue Jeans Go Green celebrates 1 million pieces of denim collected for recycling at SkyBar at the Mondrian Los Angeles on November 6, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Blue Jeans Go Green)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors Rebecca Romjin (L) and Jerry O'Connell arrive at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 08: Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell visit "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 08, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Actress Rebecca Romijn and husband actor Jerry O'Connell attends the "Star Trek: Discovery" Season 2 Premiere at Conrad New York on January 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
POMONA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 13: Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell attend the Hallmark Channel's 2019 American Rescue Dog Show at Pomona Fairplex on January 13, 2019 in Pomona, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell attend Hallmark Channel And Hallmark Movies And Mysteries 2019 Winter TCA Tour at Tournament House on February 09, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Rebecca Romijn (L) and Jerry O'Connell arrive for the American Humane's 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell attend 'Carter' photocall at Hotel Urso on November 07, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press Entertainment/Europa Press via Getty Images)

He and the actress, 47, who tied the knot in 2007 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, welcomed Dolly and Charlie the following year. The little ones got their own rooms in 2018, and Romijn told Us exclusively in July of that same year that they fought much “more” with their own space.

“All of a sudden, they’re more important than they used to be,” the former model explained at the time. “They feel like they’re all high and mighty. They’re acting like teenagers already.”

While Dolly is like her dad, thanks to the “bigness of her personality,” the California native told Us, “Charlie is like neither of us. Charlie is quietly awesome and doesn’t need to be loud to prove herself to anybody. And none of us are like that. She’s amazing. Very mature.”

That being said, the twins do have dance in common. “Right now, they’re really into choreography,” Romijn shared with Us. “They spend a lot of time choreographing dance routines. They were really impressed with The Great Showman, Hugh Jackman’s movie. So they learned all the music from that.”

That’s good news for O’Connell, who told Us in 2016 that he wants his daughters to be like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. “One [of my girls] is very into [her school’s production of High School Musical] and got ready for the audition, and the other one wouldn’t audition,” the Defenders alum explained. “I couldn’t believe what a stage parent I turned into. I was trying to make her go and audition. My wife got really upset with me and said, ‘You can’t make them do these things if they don’t want to do them. For some reason, I thought my kids were like the Olsen twins. I was like, ‘You gotta get out there. You have to audition.’ And my kid just didn’t want to do it.”

The 10-year-olds don’t mind when their dad feeds them Bob Evans meals, though. “They’re excited because I have a discount code to Bob Evans and they’re feeding very well at the moment,” O’Connell told Us. “They’re like, ‘Mac and cheese tonight, baby!'”

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