Taye Diggs: 'It Was Easy for People to Root for' Me and Idina Menzel

06/09/2014 at 01:00 PM EDT

Taye Diggs: 'It Was Easy for People to Root for' Me and Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs
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When Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel broke up, so did the hearts of Broadway fans.

And Diggs, 43, knows people are rooting for them to get back together after separating in December, he tells Redbook magazine.

"I'd be lying if I said there weren't times when I thought, Oh, man, people are going to trip out [if we split]. Maybe they thought it was cute that we met in Rent," he says. "There weren't a lot of couples like us in the theater community – and I know there aren't a lot of performers as talented as she is … and then you have the whole mixed [race] thing."

Regardless of the status of their relationship, the star of TNT's new show Murder in the First says he and Menzel – who entertained a whole new generation of musical lovers as the voice of Elsa in Disney's Frozen – are committed to their son Walker, 4.

"It was easy for people to root for us," he says. "Right now, we're still trying to figure out a lot of stuff because we're on different coasts and our son is getting older."

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