Breakups are not easy under any circumstances, but people have a way of surviving them no matter how rough they can be. But some people don't just merely survive their breakups, they actually seem to get past the pain and find a way to stay friends with their exes. That either means that the couple was more of a friend thing than a romance to begin with (since that fire doesn't always fade), or it requires that both people are mature enough to be loving and kind to one another. Basically, they have to keep seeing the good stuff that drew them to the person, to begin with without being confused about the nature of the relationship being just a friendship. Here are 15 different celebrity couples who have managed to remain friends following their breakups, as tricky as that can be. A common thread among a lot of these exes who are friends is that they share children together, but that's not the case for every one of them.
15 Hilary Duff And Mike Comrie
Hilary Duff and professional hockey player Mike Comrie were married and had a son together, and when they split up they decided that they were going to remain friends throughout the breakup. Following their breakup, a source said that “There was no major incident – no big event between the two of them. They really did drift apart. They have put effort and thought into this decision for a long time. They tried couples therapy, but in the end, they realized at this time, they work better as friends. And they really are great friends.” Hillary has talked about what an amazing father Mike is to their son. Hillary has since moved on and started dating her personal trainer Jason Walsh. There were rumors about the relationship going around for a while before Hillary finally confirmed that they were true on a talk show. She has said that "we’ve known each other for a really long time and he’s a great guy and we have a lot of fun together. It’s nice to have that excitement in my life.” However, rumors are flying that those two are now broken up...
14 Gwyneth Paltrow And Chris Martin
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's split literally led to the coining of the phrase "conscious uncoupling," so no one knows how to breakup better than them. The two split in 2014 but continue to be friendly in public and in private, which has probably been great for their children. Gwyneth has actually gone so far as to say that Chris is like her "brother," which as we all know is not the way that we always feel about our exes. Chris has acknowledged that their divorce is a "weird one." He has also explained why he doesn't really think the word divorce fits or is necessary: "I don’t think about that word very often. I don’t see it that way. I see it as more like you meet someone, you have some time together and things just move through.” The two still take trips together and hang out at each other's homes like nothing has changed...except for the fact that they are no longer romantically involved.
13 Mick And Bianca Jagger
Mick and Bianca Jagger got married way back in 1971 and stayed that way until 1978 when she filed divorce over his affair with Jerry Hall (and they later got married). That could have been a pretty complicated situation since seeing the cheater marry your ex is a little awkward, and it might have been doomed from the start. Bianca once said that her "marriage ended on my wedding day." Yikes. But by 1986 they seemed cool enough since at that point Bianca said that her ex-husband has "a wonderful sense of humor that I can understand no matter what. I mean, he could be stabbing me in the back, but he can make me laugh while he does it." Interesting. The two are still spotted together from time to time. In 2013 they wee photographed together at an event with Mick's then girlfriend the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott. Mick and Bianca do have a child together named Jade who is a former model and jewelry designer.
12 Khloe Kardashian And Lamar Odom
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are a different example of a couple who stay platonic after breaking up. It's not exactly that they hang out all the time -- it's more like Khloe still loves Lamar and feels like she should be making sure that he's healthy and happy following his issues with addiction. The two were married for a while but then it came out that Lamar was doing drugs and cheating on her. They filed for divorce and then halted it temporarily when Lamar overdosed in a Las Vegas brothel. Since then they have remained apart but Khloe is constantly checking in on the guy and wanting to take care of him like she feels like she has a sense of responsibility for him doing okay. When she refiled for divorce she said that "I was holding out to help Lamar but Lamar's not helping himself so I have to do what's best for me and I have to move on and just be done. There's no reason to hold on to this, it will always be love and I will always like love Lamar and be his friend but it's time for me to start the next chapter of my life."
11 Kourtney Kardashian And Scott Disick
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick had an on and off again relationship for many years and had three children together. Ultimately they broke up for real and then recently have been rumored to be getting back together again, but during their off time they have always stayed in contact and spent time together as a family. Scott has even continued to spend time with Kourtney's mom and family even when she isn't around. Just recently, however, these two have been rumored to be rekindling, and some reports even claim that Kourtney is living with Scott again. Supposedly she wants another child with him. Scott and Kourtney recently took a trip to Cabo San Lucas Mexico, which was supposedly an idea of Scotts and an attempt to reunited the two. If that was his intention it seemed to work, since they've seemed pretty cozy since that happened. Some sources are even reporting that Kourtney has hit Scott with an ultimatum about getting married, but time will tell if that's true and whether the two will ultimately tie the knot or not.
10 Miranda Kerr And Orlando Bloom
Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom split up in 2013 after a few years together, but the two have a child together and reportedly have homes near each other to make that an easy situation for the kid. She has admitted that it was rough but that it was the best thing. "Flynn was 2, so it was really hard to make the decision, but our son is our priority so you have to come from love. You have to be kind." These days, Miranda has moved on with the billionaire Evan Spiegel (who founded Snapchat, good work guy), and Orlando is dating (and possibly engaged to) Katy Perry. Miranda and Orlando have created a rule where they can introduce their son to their significant others after six months of dating has passed. "[Orlando and I decided] that we had to know the person for six months and feel good about them. Evan met Flynn, so yeah, things are going well. Orlando thinks he's great. We're just a modern family now!"
9 Kris And Caitlyn Jenner
Kris and Caitlyn Jenner were together for many years before they got divorced in 2014, but the two have remained friends after their complicated split. There were some tense moments following Caitlyn's transition from Bruce Jenner, such as when his Vanity Fair article struck a nerve with Kris, but they seemed to have worked through it. It's sort of hard to imagine those two not being social since they share such a giant family as well as an empire that revolves around it. It could really throw some things off if they weren't talking. But Kris and Caitlyn started living apart when Caitlyn was Bruce, so they had some time to adjust to the breakup before it actually occurred. At one point Bruce moved out and got a place in Malibu while Kris stayed in Calabasas. All their kids saw it as the beginning of the end even though they denied that they were headed towards divorce at the time. The two share kids Kendall and Kylie, but Bruce was around to raise the others most of their life.
8 Reese Witherspoon And Ryan Phillipe
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe have known each other forever. The two dated years ago and that was even before they were even both in Cruel Intentions, and they were married for a total of eight years. They had two children together and then ended up breaking up, but they still get along. Ryan has said that the two are able to spend time together as a family without anything being weird. Ryan has spoken about what he thinks went wrong in the relationship: "I think more of the problem was age. When we got together we were so young. I think it can create issues with two people in this industry because there's so much noise that goes along with it." Reese was only 21 when the two first met. They both moved on, and it was reported that Ryan invited Reese to his wedding to Paulina Slagter earlier this year. Reese, on the other hand, has been married to talent agent Jim Toth for five years already.
7 Demi Moore And Bruce Willis
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis split up back in 2010, but they seem to be great friends. The two have not only walked red carpets alongside their children together, but they've also done so with their ex's new significant others. In 2013, it was reported that Bruce even bought an apartment in the same Manhattan building that Demi had been living in, so they essentially became neighbors. Their daughter Rumer Willis has commented how in awe she is of her mother for having her at the age of 25 and managing to create the career for herself that she did as a mom at that age. Demi has also said that her split from Bruce was the hardest on Rumer, although they all seem very close now. Both Demi and Bruce remarried after their breakup. Demi married Ashton Kutcher for a while although that did not end up working out, and Bruce married model Emma Heming in 2009. Bruce and Emma have two children together as well.
6 Courteney Cox And David Arquette
Courteney Cox and David Arquette have remained friends since they split and the two share a daughter named Coco. Those two were long ago co-stars in Scream and ended their eleven-year marriage in 2010. Once on an episode of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Courteney explained their closeness: "We just love each other. Even though the relationship didn't work out, we wanted to still remain friends and treat each other with respect and have a great relationship for our daughter [Coco]." The two are so close in fact, that when Courteney made her directorial debut in 2015 for the film Just Before I Go, David actually starred in it. When asked about the split Courteney has said that "I think that we were such good friends. We found ourselves leading separate lives and just coexisting and being great friends, but not having the intimacy that...is so important in a relationship. I think you really need to work in a relationship, and I think that we tried."
5 Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner didn't have the most private of breakups since Ben was rumored to be dating the nanny (classic story, right?!), but they have been able to remain friends throughout the ordeal. Ben and Jen not only spend time together as a family with their three children but they also occasionally hang out one on one. Apparently, the two frequently enjoy dinners together, and Jen has said that the two are great friends and that they are definitely a modern family. The fact that they are so close tends to spark relationships rumors all the time, such as when she and the kids went to visit him on a set of one of his movies. Jennifer has said, "Ben was working in London on Justice League and I felt like, 'Well, the kids should have that experience. He and I are great friends and we just all went en masse. The kids and I had an amazing time, and he worked hard and got to join us for some. I want them to see everything's OK."
4 Lenny Kravitz And Lisa Bonet
Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet were married from 1987 to 1993 and their daughter Zoe is now a successful actress in her own right. Lenny and Lisa are frequently spotted together on the red carpet and they seem completely supportive of one another and comfortable with the state of their relationship. Lisa also goes to some of Lenny's concerts, and they have arrived at the Met Gala together. Zoe has said that her parents "have so much love for each other." Lisa is remarried to Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa, and Zoe has also said that her dad and her stepfather "get along really well." She has said the dynamic of her family is "really beautiful. As long as everyone can be in the same room together, and have love for each other, it's totally healthy." Zoe lived with both her dad and her mom at different points of time which they felt like was a fair thing to do for her as she was growing up to spend time with them both.
3 Demi Lovato And Joe Jonas
Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas have been friends for years. The two dated for a while back in 2010. They actually met in 2008 when they worked together on the Disney film Camp Rock. The two have remained friends since their split, and so much so that Joe has said they are more like family: "She’s family. We’ve known Demi for so many years. We’ve performed with her, toured with her. She’s just incredible. It’s not always the case. Sometimes you have to know when to fold the cards. I don’t think of her as an ex. We’re really good friends. We’ve gone through so much together and we’re really close now.” Joe was, of course, referring to his brothers in the "we" of that statement. During her 2011 tour , Demi reportedly had a bit of a meltdown that resulted in her punching a dancer and rumors flew that it had something to do with the breakup, but Demi insists that it did not and that had more to do with her substance abuse issues at the time.
2 Michael C. Hall And Jennifer Carpenter
Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter actually played siblings on the series Dexter, and starring on that show was how they met and fell in love. They got married in 2008 and then got divorced in 2011, but they remain very good friends. At one point, they were spotted enjoying a sunset together and were assumed to be back together, but no, they're just buddies. Jennifer once said that "Our marriage didn't look like anyone else's, and our divorce didn't either, so...I said it before, just because the marriage ended doesn't mean the love did," Carpenter replied, her voice breaking. "I'm crying. It's an awkward thing to talk about your personal life in front of a bunch of strangers, but there's nothing but love and respect [between us]. Nothing." But not only did they stay friends, they stayed working together on the show until 2013. Ultimately they both moved on to other relationships, Michael married Morgan Macgregor and Jennifer married musician Seth Avett with whom she has a child.
1 Joshua Jackson And Diane Kruger
Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger started dating for over ten years and called it quits in July of this year. Right after their breakup, they were spotted hanging out multiple times, once when they were chatting and buying a bottle of wine and once when Josh was dropping her off at the airport (which is nice for even a friend to do, let alone an ex...) The two lived together and were planning on having children some day but never got married, and Josh once explained why they had never taken that step: "I can tell you why we're not married: We're not religious. I don't feel any more or less committed to Diane for not having stood in front of a priest and had a giant party. We're both children of divorce, so it's hard for me to take marriage at face value as the thing that shows you've grown up and are committed to another person. But it may change at some point. We may get married."