Travis Barker Says He and Ex Shanna Moakler Are 'Friends' Now: 'Coparenting Is the Most Important'

"The kids' best interest is what we all have in mind," Barker says of co-parenting with his ex

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Travis Barker and his ex are in an amicable place – and it’s no small thing.

The drummer – whose new Blink-182 album, California, is on sale Friday – and ex-wife Shanna Moakler weathered a tabloid-fueling 2008 divorce and contentious custody battle. But these days, Barker says they’re in a good place – because of their two kids, son Landon, 12, and daughter Alabama, 10.

“The kids’ best interest is what we all have in mind – there’s nothing else,” Barker, 40, says of their reconciliation. “Our relationship was so long ago. We’re just being friends. Doing the best coparenting is the most important thing.”

As for the now-congenial exes’ secret to successful coparenting?

“I bought a home that’s very close to my children’s school, so when she’s with the kids, she’s there; when I’m with the kids, I’m there,” Barker explains of their house outside L.A. “There’s no making them travel back and forth to different houses.”

Barker and one-time Miss USA contestant Moakler, 41, married in 2004, and their lives were documented on MTV reality series Meet the Barkers, but their relationship began to go downhill shortly after, and Barker filed for divorce in 2006. While they rekindled their relationship for a time in 2008 after the rocker survived a fatal plane crash, they officially called it quits, finalizing their divorce later that year.

While Barker briefly dated Rita Ora last year, he says he’s not focusing on romance.

For more on Travis Barker and his life now, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Friday.

“Never say never. My daughter always begs me for a baby sister or something, but it’s honestly about finding the right person,” says Barker, who’s on tour with Blink-182 promoting California.

“I’m so content with my music and cars and my companies and my kids and touring, and I can’t even imagine being the greatest boyfriend all the time,” he adds. “If I met someone, of course I’m not against it. But the best role I have in life is being a father.”

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