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Since late 2017, former NFL star Victor Cruz and actress Karrueche Tran have been an item. But before entering that high-profile relationship, Cruz was in a long-term relationship with partner Elaina Watley.

In a new interview with Justin Sylvester on E!’s Just the Sip, Cruz admits that anger that came with the end of their relationship made it hard for he and Watley to co-parent their daughter, Kennedy, in a positive manner.

“Because both of us resented each other in the beginning and just went through that phase of like, ‘Don’t talk to me. Don’t pick up your daughter. I’ll call you,’ or just creating these weird barriers…just little things like that to make each other’s lives difficult,” he said. “But I think now as we’ve matured and it’s been a few years, we’ve both reached a level of maturity where now it’s at its best.”

And by “at its best,” he means the former couple are able to focus on the bigger picture.

“Now we just have conversations about our child,” he added. “We put our egos aside and just we’re able to have normal dialogue in reference to Kennedy and in reference to her well-being and what she wants to do.”

The two reportedly started dating in 2008, and they welcomed their daughter in 2012. The pair entered into an engagement in 2014. A year later, Watley made headlines for reaching out to women Cruz was allegedly cheating with, putting them in a group chat to make clear that she was the HBIC.

“Hello ladies, this is elaina Victor cruz’s fiancée,” the text read. “You all know about me and I seem to be the topic of conversations with vic. I’m sure he’s told you many of things about us and how we don’t exist but given the fact that you all meet him in hotel rooms only, we all know that’s a lie, just as he tells me you all are wh-res and mean nothing to him.”

“I figured since you all know about me, then I should introduce each one of you to each other so we can all know who we have all been f–king for the past several months,” she added. “So ladies meet one another and feel free to exchange notes.”

Despite that public drama, the end of that relationship was a surprise to many. It wasn’t publicly announced before Cruz was spotted out with Tran. However, Bossip reported at the time that in 2016, both parties left their shared residence.

Cruz and Tran have been going strong since. In the same new interview, he told Sylvester that he’s lucky to have her.

“She’s nice. She knows how to cook. She’s humble. She’s family-oriented,” he said. “She understands me.”

If you’re interested in taking a walk down memory lane though, hit the flip for photos over the years of Cruz and Watley.

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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 07: (L-R) Elaina Watley and Victor Cruz seen at The Carlyle on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

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It was a family affair for the couple as they brought along Kennedy for a Pampers event in 2012.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 14: NFL wide receiver Victor Cruz, daughter Kennedy Cruz and girlfriend Elaina Watley attend Pampers “Spirit of Play” Event In Celebration Of The London 2012 Olympics on May 14, 2012 in New York, United States. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)

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Watley is pictured planting a kiss on her former beau while the two were enjoying a Jay-Z and Coldplay show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2012.

)NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: (L-R) Elaina Watley and Victor Cruz attend the Barclays Center on December 31, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

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Cruz and Watley are pictured posing in their spiffiest ensembles for the 2013 Met Gala.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 06: NFL player Victor Cruz (L) and Elaina Watley attend the Costume Institute Gala for the “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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A stylish athlete, Cruz often attended Fashion Week shows and brought Watley along for the ride. The two are captured here entering a Givency menswear show for Paris Fashion Week in 2014.

PARIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 17: Victor Cruz (R) and Elaina Watley arrive at the Givenchy Menswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 17, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/FilmMagic)

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The two didn’t only enjoy football! They were spotted courtside at an NBA game in NYC back in March 2014.

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 10: Victor Cruz and Elaina Watley attend the Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

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We love the lighting on this photo of the pair enjoying festivities during Milan Fashion Week back in 2015.

MILAN, ITALY – JUNE 22: Elaina Watley and Victor Cruz attend a celebration for Italo Zucchelli’s Spring 2015 Men’s runway show with an intimate dinner during Milan Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 on June 22, 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/WireImage)

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Watley looked white hot next to Cruz. They’re photographed at a Fashion Rocks event back in 2014.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 09: Elaina Watley and Victor Cruz attend Fashion Rocks 2014 at Barclays Center on September 9, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

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Matching in black, the two checked out the illustrious Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills in 2015.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 22: NFL player Victor Cruz (L) and Elaina Watley attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/VF15/Getty Images)

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The chic pair put on a smile for a good cause, stepping out for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Pink Carpet party in 2015.

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 30: NFL player Victor Cruz and wife Elaina Watley attend The Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2015 Pink Carpet Party at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

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