Despite their divorce, Ali Wong and her ex-husband remained close. After eight years of marriage, the Always Be My Maybe actress, and successful software entrepreneur Justin Hakuta filed for divorce in April 2022.
Nearly a year later, Wong said their bond is as strong as ever. “We’re really, really close; we’re best friends,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in a feature published on Wednesday. “We’ve been through so much together. It’s a very unconventional divorce.”
The ex-couples, who played pickleball the day before Wong’s interview with THR, will also be travelling together this summer, as Hakuta is scheduled to accompany Wong on tour as she performs fresh comedy about her life after divorce. They will go together their daughters Mari Hakuta (born in 2015) and Nikki Hakuta (born in 2017).
“I’m still workshopping it, but the bones are there and it came to me very fast,” said Wong. “This is the first hour I’m doing since I started where I’m single. I think we’re going to call it the Single Lady tour.”
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Wong also addressed the rumors that her Don Wong Netflix special revealed problems in her marriage. She made several jokes about her marriage in the comedy performance, which debuted before she and Hakuta announced their divorce and how she’s envious of single people as she “too, was once free” but “like an idiot, I asked this dude to ask me to go to prison. And now I’m in monogamy jail and I don’t know how to get out.”
“I can’t help that. Not really,” Wong informed THR of rumors suggesting that her professional and personal lives were similar. She acknowledged in the piece that she was taken aback by the attention her divorce announcement received. “I did not expect the announcement to be so widespread, but by far, the hardest part about getting divorced was my mother’s reaction,” said Wong.
“I had told her I thought we might get divorced, and she was really upset. She looked me in the eye and asked, ‘Can you just wait until I die?’ She was literally asking me to not live a life for myself. But she’s 82, what do I expect? She hasn’t had her period in 40 years. She’s in the sha-ha-hallows of senior citizenship. But it was still really f—— hard dealing with all her fear of the shame it would bring her.
“But then, what was kind of cool about the announcement was that she didn’t have to tell any of her friends,” added the comedian. “All of them found out because it made it to a bunch of the Chinese and Vietnamese newspapers — I still can’t believe why on earth they would be interested in me — and they all called her. She died a million deaths in one day and then woke up the next day and was like, ‘I survived.’ She still sees Justin a ton.”
The comedian and Hakuta originally connected at a friend’s wedding celebration in 2010, and they later got married on November 27, 2014, in San Francisco. Wong’s rep confirmed the split with PEOPLE last April and a source added at the time, “It’s amicable and they will continue to co-parent lovingly.”