Arianna Huffington Talks Divorce, Laughs About Owing Her Ex 'Something'

03/25/2014 07:23 pm ET | Updated Mar 26, 2014

Arianna Huffington stopped by HuffPost Live Tuesday to discuss her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Also up for discussion? Huffington's incredibly amicable relationship with ex-husband, Michael Huffington.

"It didn't start that way -- it was a journey; I don't want to sugarcoat it," the
editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group
told host Caroline Modarressy Tehrani. "What was important to both of us was to become friends because it was so key for the children -- [our friendship] helped us co-parent."

The couple divorced back in 1997, and today, Huffington said they're so close, they even enjoy holidays, vacations and their daughters' birthdays together. The split also served as inspiration for Huffington's launch of HuffPost Divorce with the late Nora Ephron back in 2010.

Mid-interview, Huffington took a moment to thank her ex-husband for an invaluable gift: her news site's catchy name.

"The Huffington Post is my ex-husband's name. If it was called the Stassinopoulos Post -- my maiden name -- I don't think it would be as successful, so I do owe him something," Huffington said with a smile.

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Arianna Huffington below.

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