A woman gets along so well with her ex, she not only introduced him to her new girlfriend, but he is her ex-husband’s best friend, and the group spends the holidays together too.
Mary McDaniel and Nathan Drumm, of Muncie, Indiana, split in 2019 and first struggled to get along, but decided to rekindle their friendship for the sake of their son.
The duo are fathers to their four-year-old son, Silas, after gradually rebuilding their dynamic through playdates. The tree mom says her ex-partner now comes over “most days.”
She even set 29-year-old Nathan up with his old school friend Shayla, and gives him relationship advice on the couple, even going so far as to offer his new lover lingerie guidance.
Mary McDaniel (left) set up her ex-partner with her old schoolmate Shayla (right) and even gives them relationship advice for the couple.
Mary, 27, explained that a healthy relationship with her ex was important because she grew up with divorced parents who didn’t get along and she didn’t want her children to go through the same thing.
“Mary and I talk about almost everything,” Nathan revealed. ‘There is nothing forbidden. We grew up together and got together young, so we’ve known each other pretty much our entire lives.
Nathan has been dating his new girlfriend, 26, for three months now, and the couple often spend time with Mary, who said “they’re all coming over for Christmas and Easter and things like that.”
‘It’s great that we can all get along and be friends. We talk about everything,” she added. “The other day, Shayla showed me this lingerie set that she was thinking of wearing for when Nathan and I were like, ‘Yeah, put that on.'”
Mary McDaniel (pictured) and Nathan Drumm (right), of Muncie, Indiana, separated in 2019. He is now best friends with ex-husband Josh (center).
Mary (pictured) married Josh (right), a sprinkler fitter, in 2020 and the couple had Jovie, two, and Story, one, (both pictured) together. The couple separated in 2022, but hope to share parenthood like she and Nathan (left) do with Silas (second left)
Josh explained that at first he and Nathan (both pictured holding the kids) “didn’t really get along.”
She admitted that many people probably won’t think that’s ‘normal’.
To add to the unusual friendship pool, Nathan has also befriended Mary’s ex-husband.
The stay-at-home mom married Josh, a sprinkler fitter, in 2020 and the couple had Jovie, two, and Story, one, together.
They broke up in August of this year, but there’s no love lost between the duo, who continue to raise their children and all hit it off.
Josh explained that at first he and Nathan “didn’t really get along.”
As a result, Mary (pictured with Shayla) has also found support systems in everyone around her, explaining that she is the “best friend” of Nathan’s new girlfriend.
“It wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies,” she admitted. ‘Now we hang out with the kids together.’
He and Mary are adjusting to their new dynamic after their recent split, but “they look forward to co-parenting like her and Nathan.”
“We’ve discussed me getting the kids up on Christmas morning,” he said.
Speaking about his unconventional approach to exes, Mary said she didn’t want Silas to deal with the tensions between estranged parents.
Speaking about his unconventional approach to exes, Mary (pictured with Nathan and Josh) said she didn’t want Silas to deal with tensions between estranged parents.
“Nathan will come and stay the night on Christmas Eve, so Silas will have both of us when he wakes up on Christmas Day,” he said. “We’re not sure what we’re going to do this year, we could go to Shayla’s, but we haven’t decided.”
As a result, Mary has also found support systems in everyone around her, explaining that she is the ‘best friend’ of Nathan’s new girlfriend.
“We knew each other from school and Nathan saw her and thought she was cute,” she said. ‘So, I fixed them.
“Shayla and I are also great friends and we go out to dinner or she comes over to help with the kids.
“She’s a great support.”
Shayla admitted that the dynamic was “kind of weird” for her at first.
“In past relationships with guys, the ex always treated me like dirt, so it took me a while to adjust,” she said. “It was hard for me to give them all my trust.”
But she added that expressing her insecurities helped her, and “now it feels like family.”