'Not only is she good to our girls... she respects the co-parenting relationship we have for our children,' Leah wrote in the video.
The relationship between someone's ex-partner and their new love interest does not always turn out to be bitter and filled with hatred. In a heart-warming TikTok video, Leah Bourdo filmed her former husband, Steve Bourdo, proposing to his girlfriend, Shonda Betz.
At the beginning of the video, Bourdo can be seen kissing his girlfriend's forehead. He then proposes to her with a ring and a visibly-emotional Betz says, "Yes." The text overlay on the clip reads: "This weekend I got to be there when my ex-husband proposed to his girlfriend... She is the kind of woman I have prayed would come into his life. She is incredible with our daughters and they love her so much."
The video also shows Leah and Bourdo's daughters, 13-year-old Kennedy and 11-year-old Harper, presenting their soon-to-be stepmother with a bouquet of flowers and a card. Betz is then seen reading the card from the young girls and crying.
"Not only is she good to our girls... she respects the co-parenting relationship we have for our children," Leah adds in the video. "On top of all that... she has become my friend... my family even. I love you with all my heart. And to my ex: thank you for letting me be a part of this moment and sharing her with me. Welcome to the home team Shonda... we love you."
The video went viral with more than 6 million views and is captioned, "I got to video my ex-husband propose to his girlfriend... so special." People on TikTok appreciated the fact that Leah was part of her former husband's proposal. @darren731 commented, "Proof it doesn't have to be all drama and spiteful, the kids are happy and that's more important than anything and anyone."
@cylleste wrote, "The fact that you stepped back [and] let them have that moment as their own little family shows what a kind, beautiful person you are." @purplecat3000 shared, "You the realist woman what an example for your children." @cindybates2315 commented, "You are an amazing person. And I highly respect the way you two co-parent." @altrevbtinternet.com expressed, "This has made me sob my heart out. How unselfish of you. You have taught me a HUGE lesson. BLESS you, for sharing this angel."
Leah shared with TODAY that it took therapy and a lot of time apart for Bourdo and her to reach this place in their relationship as co-parents. The two met in college and got married to each other in 2007. "Our marriage was a living hell," said Bourdo. "We were young and very emotionally immature."
Leah also admitted that. "There was a lot of verbal abuse, and I was active in my alcohol addiction," said Leah. "We were two best friends who never should have gotten married in the first place. The romance and connection that you need in a marriage wasn't there for us."
Leah and Bourdo got divorced in 2016. For the first four years, they both blocked each other on their phones and only communicated through email and Leah's parents.
Steve got remarried but Leah did not get along with his new wife. When that marriage ended, was when they two had a breakthrough.
Talking about the proposal, Leah said, "People have asked if Shonda was bothered but she thanked me for being there." Meanwhile, Steve said that Leah's presence "didn't really cross my mind" and added: "I was so wrapped up in the moment with Shonda and my daughters that I kind of forgot about it. It was a natural thing for us."
Betz has invited Leah for the wedding dress shopping but the ex-wife shared that she won't be part of the wedding. "That would be pushing it."