Kate Hudson's girlfriends are one of her "strongest foundations of support".

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

The 'Almost Famous' star has credited the likes of Jennifer Garner and Reese Witherspoon for being there when she needs to talk.

She told Entertainment Tonight: "It's the importance of girlfriends. Guys don't really talk that much, you know what I mean? They like to hang out, and that's important too.

"But women, we need to talk it out, and my girlfriends have been one of my strongest foundations of support. You have to put as much effort into that as you do any other relationship. So it's fun. It's just really nice."

However, when it comes to relationships, the 37-year-old actress - who has Ryder, 12, and Bingham, five, from previous relationships - prefers to keep things quiet on that front for the sake of her kids.

She shared: "The reason I don't talk about anything like that is because I have kids. People ask that question as if, 'Oh yeah, it's really healthy to publicly talk about who I am or am not dating when I've got a tween.' [Ryder] can read, and he can hear. I'm not going to indulge in that kind of thing until there's someone in my life who I am introducing to my kids."

And Kate - who split from Matt Bellamy in 2014 - recently admitted "forgiveness" is something she had to deal with when their relationship ended.

She added: "I think forgiveness is the biggest part of it ... I think everybody wants to point fingers.

"If you are a person who takes responsibility for yourself and your part in it, you have a much better chance of maintaining a nice relationship. It also means that you grow up. A lot of people don't want to grow up because it sucks."