When it comes to relationships, celebrities definitely have it hard. Sure, they can afford to go to the best restaurants in town and even jet off to an exotic location for a date, but they're also under constant public scrutiny. The tabloids and paparazzi are following them everywhere, and everyone is constantly talking about whether it seems like they're going strong or whether there are cracks in the relationship. Tabloids are speculating about how long they'll last, and they're being photographed with random friends or acquaintances as they try to spin scandalous stories. It's certainly not easy.
And, like regular people, celebrities respond to break-ups in different ways. Some celebrities break up amicably and manage to stay close friends afterward, either because they have children together or simply because they're able to keep the friendship part of their relationship solid. And then for others, it's a lot worse — sometimes because of bad blood or something that happened leading to the breakup, things get ugly and they're definitely more foe than friend. It's basically the situation that Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Getting Back Together" was written for!
Here are 10 celebrities who were able to stay friends after a breakup, and 10 who didn't stand a chance.
10 Celebs Who Were Able To Be Friends After A Breakup:
20 Bella Hadid And The Weeknd, Who Have Nothing But Nice Things To Say
When Bella Hadid and The Weeknd first started dating, the world was insanely excited. After all, he was a huge star on the rise, and she was absolutely slaying it in the modeling world. They looked amazing together and just seemed so in love. When they split, many people wondered about how awkward things would get, and what their responses would be like in public. And, it seems, they're still solid friends. In fact, The Weeknd performed at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show shortly after they broke up, in which Bella was strutting her stuff down the runway in lingerie. Things could have gotten majorly ugly, but when everyone wondered how things stood between them, Hadid took to Instagram and gave an adorable shout out. She shared this sweet message with her fans: "thank you @theweeknd for being the best and most incredible performer on the planet. You KILLED it, as always." They've both been linked to other people since their split, but who knows — perhaps their friendship will turn back into a relationship at some point. It's definitely not the first time a Hollywood couple has split up, only to get back together a few years later. We love these two together, either as friends or partners.
19 Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner, Who Are Co-Parenting In Peace
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were one of those Hollywood couples that people assumed would just be together forever. After all, they were married for over a decade, and have three children together! However, in 2015 they decided to call it quits, and finally wrapped up divorce proceedings about two years later and made it official. They could have easily put on a good face in front of their children but secretly made snide comments about one another to the press, or even to friends who might spill the details to the tabloids. Instead, though, they seem to be on fantastic terms — in fact, in an interview with InStyle, after Affleck raved about how his children changed his life for the better, he called his ex "the greatest mom in the world." Adorable! Both of them have been pretty private about everything that led to their split and what their issues were, but in public, they've been nothing but supportive of one another and always seem to be on good terms when they're out with their children. It probably makes the situation a whole lot easier than if there had been some long, drawn-out court battle or something like that.
18 Hilary Duff And Mike Comrie, Who Remain Friends Though Their Marriage Fizzled
Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie, in our humble opinion, had an issue with timing. Hilary tied the knot when she was still in her early 20s and figuring out who she was, and after about six years together, they just realized they weren't quite right for each other. However, they didn't go through an ugly split and battle over custody of their adorable son, Luca. Instead, they just became amazing co-parents — and it's super sweet to see. She spilled to Time, saying that even though they were no longer together she "wouldn't choose anyone else to co-parent with" and also commented that they're "really good friends and care a lot about each other." And, it's not just one quote taken out of context — when on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hilary commented that "we are good friends and we laugh a lot. And we have a great communication and we share pictures when one is not with Luca. He's great, we are great, and we keep on trucking." Talk about amazing! It's certainly not easy to stay friends with an ex, even if you have a child together that you have to co-parent, so it's admirable that these two have managed to stay so close.
17 Diane Kruger And Joshua Jackson, Who Managed To Stay Close After Ending A 10 Year Relationship
Joshua Jackson may have stolen all of our hearts as bad boy Pacey Witter on Dawson's Creek, but he had actress Diane Kruger's heart for an entire decade. Though they never actually got married, they were basically the same as husband and wife after all those years together. And, sadly, in 2016 they parted ways. There was definitely no huge fighting in the press or nasty comments being hurled back and forth — they just split, in what seemed like a mutual decision, in a super mature way. So, it probably comes as no surprise that they've managed to keep their friendship intact, even though they're no longer romantically involved. In fact, according to People, they were spotted at LAX about a month after their split sharing a hug. It speaks volumes that, when they ran into one another at the airport, they didn't pretend not to see each other or something immature like that. There was no bad blood so they just shared a hug and went on their way. You don't spend a decade with someone without forming some lasting bonds, so it's great that these two have managed to keep their friendship strong, even though they're no longer together.
16 Mindy Kaling And BJ Novak, Who Have The Strangest Relationship Ever — But Are Clearly Still Friends
Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak have a bit of an unusual relationship, as they very easily admit. While they kept it secret for quite some time, and kept it on the down low even then, they eventually admitted that they did date for a while back when they were working on The Office together. However, since then, they've been known to the public primarily as friends — and they have an incredibly strong friendship, even with a breakup in their past. Kaling chatted about her relationship with Novak in an interview with InStyle, saying that "my relationship with BJ Novak is weird as hell. He is not my boyfriend, but he is not my best friend. I guess you could describe our relationship as a 'romantically charged camaraderie with loud arguments' but I don't think Facebook would accept this as a new status." And, they're always offering cute glimpses into their relationship, such as Mindy sharing an Instagram story featuring the flowers that Novak sent her to celebrate her first date on a new project. They might have a slightly unusual relationship, but hey — it works for them, and that's really all that matters at the end of the day. Romantically charged camaraderie it is!
15 Lenny Kravitz And Lisa Bonet, Who Make Breaking Up Look Cool (And Easy)
Lisa Bonet and her current hubby Jason Momoa are such a perfect couple that it can be easy to forget Bonet had a past before him — one filled with rock stars. Or, well, one rock star in particular. Bonet met and fell in love with musician Lenny Kravitz back in the '80s, and the two were actually married from 1987 to 1993, eventually having a daughter, Zoe, together. They split after a few years of marriage, but even though they've both moved on and found other partners and have been apart for over two decades, they still remain close friends. And, who better to really get a first-hand look at their relationship than their daughter? According to Popsugar, Zoe has commented that her parents "have so much love for each other" and that there's absolutely no jealousy between Lenny and Jason, that they "get along really well." In fact, they've even posed on the red carpet together, and Lisa has attended some of Lenny Kravitz's concerts with Zoe by her side. Talk about a mature relationship! Now that Zoe is an adult they could easily let their relationship become more distant, but they're determined to keep their friendship strong, which is amazing.
14 Demi Lovato And Joe Jonas, Disney Superstars Turned Couple Turned Close Friends
Even though she's still just in her mid-20s, Demi Lovato has definitely had a pretty crazy journey over the past few years. She's dealt with a lot of personal demons, and she's also had to end some relationships to look after herself and her needs — and had some relationships that ended because she just wasn't in the right headspace for something like that. Way back in 2010, she dated fellow Disney channel star Joe Jonas, and though things didn't end up working out, the two are still really close friends. In fact, she even toured with his brother recently, in 2016 — and we have a feeling Nick would definitely turn down the tour if she was his brother's sworn enemy! They're both in a completely different place in their lives than nearly a decade ago when they dated, but their bonds early on have definitely kept them together forever, at least as friends. As Demi told E Online, "we're always going to be friends." How sweet! Especially somewhere like Hollywood, true friends are hard to come by, and we love that these two have managed to keep their bond through the years, even if they no longer have any sort of romantic relationship.
13 Gwyneth Paltrow And Chris Martin, Who Coined The Term "Conscious Uncoupling"
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's relationship got worldwide attention when they decided to split after several years of marriage, and used a peculiar term — "consciously uncoupling." A lot of people rolled their eyes at the phrase and assumed it was just the two celebs being, well, a little bit extra, but it seems to have worked. After they split, they've been co-parenting together with huge success. And we're not just talking about exchanging a few civil words when they drop the kids off at the ex's house. We're talking about getting dinner together, going to the beach, and even going on a family vacation to the Bahamas together, according to Popsugar. That's right — these exes are on such good terms that they're able to head off to an exotic location with their children for several days and be perfectly happy in one another's company. Paltrow chatted with Marie Claire about their friendship after the split, saying that "I'm very, very lucky in that I have a partner who is willing to do it with me in a really collaborative way. Fortunately, even though we couldn't stay in a romantic relationship, our values are very much around the importance of family and the importance of those relationships."
12 Bruce Willis And Demi Moore, Who Have Stayed Friends And Kept A Happy Family Together
Many people remember Demi Moore's more recent marriage to much younger Hollywood hunk Ashton Kutcher, but she also had a serious long-term marriage with actor Bruce Willis back in the 80s and 90s. The two fell in love and tied the knot way back in 1987, and spent over a decade of married bliss together, having three daughters and basically being a Hollywood dream team. However, things, unfortunately, went south and they made the decision to split in 2000. It could have easily gotten awkward, but they managed to keep their friendship strong, even though they no longer had the romantic part of their relationship. And we're talking about a seriously close friendship. Willis actually attended his ex's wedding to Ashton Kutcher, he helped her get the care she needed back in 2013 when she went to rehab, and the two of them are often spotted together in the audience when Rumer is performing, whether at a club or on a reality television show, like when she was on Dancing With The Stars. The daughters may be grown up now, but we have a feeling this family still all gathers at the holidays because they have a seriously amazing relationship. Talk about an inspiration!
11 Nina Dobrev And Ian Somerhalder, Who Went From Coworkers To Couple To Friends
It's definitely not uncommon for stars who are working on a project together to fall for one another. After all, they're spending a ton of time together — sometimes, when you have two single celebs, sparks fly! That's certainly what happened between Canadian cutie Nina Dobrev and her co-star on The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder (maybe it was the fact that he played bad boy Damon Salvatore — everyone loves a bad boy!). After spending about three years together, dating and looking totally adorable at music festivals and while running weekend errands, they eventually split. You might assume that they parted ways for good, but in reality, these two are still super close friends, even if they're no longer dating. They're always shouting out to one another on social media, leaving sweet messages for each other, and Nina definitely wasn't a jealous ex when Ian walked down the aisle to marry actress Nikki Reed. In fact, she told Popsugar that "when I heard about the wedding, I thought it was beautiful. They look happy and I am happy and so I don't see why there should be a problem with that... of course, we're on a teen drama show, everyone's going to look for drama. I just ignore it."
10 Who Didn't Stand A Chance:
10 Sofia Vergara And Nick Loeb, Who Had A Battle Over Frozen Pre-Embryos (Seriously)
Most fans of this Modern Family star know that she's happily married to Hollywood hottie Joe Manganiello (yes, the guy with the crazy body from True Blood and the Magic Mike franchise). However, back in the day, she was engaged to businessman Nick Loeb — and this is one juicy story. You see, Vergara was already a bit older when she was dating Loeb, so she decided at some point to take precautions for if she wanted children in the future, and the two of them froze some pre-embryos. You would assume that they would come to some sort of agreement when they split to dispose of them, but instead, Loeb decided to fight Vergara for access to them because he wanted to use a surrogate to have those children. Uh... talk about a crazy situation! Loeb actually took Vergara to court, and thankfully, he lost the fight and Vergara was able to regain control over that intimate part of herself she had shared with him. Obviously, after a situation like that, these two didn't stay friends — in fact, we bet that if she ever sees him out in public, she quickly turns and walks the other way. After all, that was an insane thing to do to someone!
9 Taylor Swift And John Mayer, Whose Bad Blood Was Documented In A Swift Song
At this point, every guy who dates Taylor Swift knows that there's a pretty good chance he might end up being featured in one of her songs. Usually, she won't name the inspirations outright, but you can kind of piece things together based on some of her lyrics and the information we have about her relationships. However, one relationship got special treatment — and not in a good way. After she split with fellow musician John Mayer back in 2009, Swift wasn't happy about the way things turned out. After all, she was a 19-year-old who had gotten her heart broken, so she did what she does best — she wrote a song about it and literally titled it "Dear John" so that the whole world would know exactly who she was talking about. That's a pretty bold move. Mayer spoke about the song to Rolling Stone a while back, saying that "I didn't deserve it. I'm pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do." Well, we can totally understand her getting some inspiration from heartbreak, but... she definitely didn't have to name him in the song. Safe to say, these two are definitely not friends.
8 Johnny Depp And Amber Heard, Who Had A Scandalous And Ugly Divorce
When Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began dating, at first, the world was a little puzzled because they seemed like an odd match on paper. I mean, their age difference alone was fairly unusual. However, after a while, they kind of made sense — both are free spirits who sort of march to the beat of their own drums. They tied the knot in 2015, and around two years later, ended up splitting — and it was certainly not amicable. They had a huge court case with Heard leveling serious allegations against her ex, his former wife Vanessa Paradis spoke out in his defense, the whole world got involved... it was pretty insane. As you might expect after a huge public battle like that, these two definitely didn't remain friends after their divorce. In fact, we're pretty sure they do their absolute best to avoid one another at any red carpet events they're both attending because the whole situation is just awkward. Not to mention they basically had to air out their dirty laundry in front of the entire world — talk about an awful situation. At least both of them seem to be in a much happier and healthier place now that they're no longer together.
7 Kanye West And Amber Rose, Who Flung Insults Like Crazy
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West are definitely one of Hollywood's biggest power couples at the moment. I mean, they're constantly in the tabloids for one reason or another. However, as most fans of the rapper will know that before he became a part of the First Family of reality television, he dated Amber Rose. They dated for about two years, and it definitely wasn't an amicable split. In fact, the things they both said were pretty outrageous. According to Glamour UK, Kanye commented that "I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim" and she fired back with, uh, certain statements about things that he enjoyed doing in the bedroom. No matter how you look at it, it was a nasty split — I mean, you just don't say things like that! Even if you two have some bad blood, there's no reason to be so spiteful to one another in public. We have a feeling these two are definitely never going to be friends. Although, who knows — Kanye is such a wild card lately that you just never know what he'll do. For all we know, he wants to collaborate with Amber on some kind of project (although she would likely never agree to work with him).
6 Madonna And Guy Ritchie, Who Have Been Vocal About How Bad Their Marriage Was
Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married for nearly a decade in the 2000s, and when they split in 2008, it wasn't on good terms. They were both pretty vocal about their relationship to the public, and according to Glamour UK, Madonna stated that "when you start off, everything's great and lovely, and the person you've married is flawless and you're flawless. Then time goes by, and you share a life, you have children, and there are cracks in the veneer. It's not as romantic as it used to be. You think 'this isn't what I thought it was going to be' and 'how much am I willing to sacrifice?" To make things worse, they had a super nasty custody battle over their son, Rocco, and Ritchie has been super outspoken about how their marriage was a total soap opera and Madonna was a nightmare. So, it's pretty safe to say that these two aren't going to start grabbing coffee together on the weekends and working on their friendship as exes. They may be able to muster a degree of civility for when they're dealing with their children and figuring out how all that works, but for the most part, they're likely staying as far away from one another as possible.
5 Tom Cruise And Katie Holmes, Who Can't Seem To Agree On Anything Anymore
Sometimes it's easy to forget just how long Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were together because their relationship has always seemed a bit bizarre. She went from being a fresh-faced young starlet to being the one on Tom Cruise's arm, the inspiration behind his weird couch jumping and the subject of a ton of weird whispered rumors about Scientology and the things she had to do. They split in 2012, and the public soon learned that they weren't agreeing on much at all, according to Glamour UK. They had different views on religion, obviously, as well as different views on child rearing and just about everything else you could possibly disagree on. Apparently, they don't even talk to one another about their daughter Suri — they go through some kind of intermediary to relay the message. Holmes commented about the situation, saying that "I don't regret anything that I've done. I've learned from everything and everything sort of leads you to the next place. I just keep going." She certainly seems a lot happier nowadays, so things definitely worked out for the best — and we're sure Suri will be just fine with two parents who love her, even if they don't have the best relationship with each other anymore.
4 Sophia Bush And Chad Michael Murray, Who Had To Deal With Their Awkwardness Because They Were Still Working Together!
Okay, picture this — you have a whirlwind romance, you end up getting married really quickly, then you get a divorce shortly after... and you're forced to work with that person for a few more years. It sounds like an absolute nightmare, but it's what Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray had to go through. They started dating and got married when they were co-stars on One Tree Hill, and there were still several seasons of the show to go after they divorced — talk about a tough situation. They managed to keep things civil, but Bush definitely spilled some juice on Watch What Happens Live about her relationship with Murray, saying "my mother once said to me that if you don't have anything nice to say, not to say anything at all... at the end of the day we're grown ups and I actually think what's interesting about it is when people split in a way that's unpleasant, they usually just go on quite literally hating each other or the person in my situation hates the other person, whatever. But when you have to work with somebody for another half a decade, you kind of have to deal with it." So, she dealt with her hatred — but they're most definitely not friends, at all.
3 Olivia Wilde And Tao Ruspoli, Who Apparently Weren't Having The Spiciest Life Together
We're not going to lie, Olivia Wilde and her current hubby Jason Sudeikis are probably one of our favorite celebrity couples right now. They're just so adorable together, so in love, and seem to really dig their little family. We love getting an inside peek at their lives on social media. However, as most fans of Wilde will know, her marriage to Sudeikis isn't her first marriage — she first got married to Italian prince Tao Ruspoli when she was just 19 years old. For a while things were good, but in her late 20s she began to realize that things just weren't working out, and she definitely wasn't the same person she was when she married him back as a teenager — so they split. And, in an event in New York, as People reported, she let slip a particularly juicy detail about their split and relationship, saying that she felt like her, uh, lady bits had "died. It just turned off. Lights out." I mean, talk about a bad relationship! That's definitely not the outcome you want. She can't stop gushing about how much she loves her current partner Jason Sudeikis, so it's safe to say that she's totally fine with keeping Ruspoli a part of her past that she never really wants to think about again.
2 Brad Pitt And Jennifer Aniston, Who Just Don't Seem To Talk Anymore
Back when they were married, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were basically Hollywood's ultimate golden couple. I mean, just look at them together — they were constantly bronzed, blonde, and unbelievably beautiful. They seemed like a match made in heaven, and we could totally envision them being together forever. That's why everyone was so surprised when they split and Brad ended up starting a relationship with someone who was basically Jen's complete opposite — Angelina Jolie. Aniston and Pitt have both married and divorced once more since then (Pitt with actress Angelina Jolie, who he left Jen for, and Jen with fellow actor Justin Theroux), but we have a feeling these two are never going to find solace in one another's arms — they're just not friends. In fact, in an interview with Parade back in 2011, Pitt actually discussed his former marriage with Jen, saying that he "wasn't living an interesting life" when he was married to her. Ouch! Talk about some hurtful words. These two are probably never going to reconcile — you don't get over hurt like that. They can behave cordially on a red carpet and nod at one another, but you probably won't ever find them sharing a drink together.
1 Sandra Bullock And Jesse James, Who Are Definitely No Longer On Speaking Terms Given His Public Disses
When Sandra Bullock began dating, and eventually married, Jesse James, the world was puzzled, to say the least. They just seemed like such an unlikely pairing. However, she seemed happy, so everyone figured she just saw something in him that the rest of the world didn't. Then, the world slowly figured out what a truly awful guy he was when all the infidelity came out. Sandra Bullock is a total force in Hollywood who's managed to start her own family and find her happiness, but at the time, we can't even imagine what she must have experienced. And, to make things worse, James definitely hasn't kept quiet about things in the years since then. In fact, in an interview with Howard Stern, when the host asked a distasteful question about whether his famous actress ex or tattoo artist fiancee (at the time), Kat Von D, was better between the sheets, he wasn't hesitant, responding that it was Kat Von D, adding "that one's an easy no-brainer. 100 percent! She's a vixen man" and even referred to Sandra as "some Hollywood actress." What a total jerk! We hope that Sandra eventually finds an amazing guy who is worthy of all her talent and kindness.
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