When a relationship ends, the urge to eat our feelings is stronger than ever. Many people go through countless tubs of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, drink wine straight out of the bottle and throw a half-eaten box of chocolates at the TV, much like a heartbroken Elle Woods did in Legally Blonde.
While all this may provide temporary relief in the moment, we won’t be feeling so hot once we jump on the scale and realize we’re up 15 pounds from our post-breakup misery. While many celebs are expected to maintain looking gorgeous year-round, regardless of whether they’re going through a breakup or not, not everyone can manage this. One celeb who could was Khloe Kardashian who attained her best fit body after her highly profiled divorce to NBA star Lamar Odom, making her undeniably the hotter ex of the two.
Here, a look at 18 celebs who will have you saying, “what breakup?”
18 Khloe Kardashian
The Kardashian who reinvented the “revenge body” concept has been turning heads with her new toned and sculpted body after her controversial divorce to NBA star, Lamar Odom. Khloe has been open with her fitness and health journey, saying that it helped her distress and feel better about herself.
She wrote in a Facebook post: “Looking back at pictures of myself I didn't realize at the time how unhealthy my lifestyle actually was. People love to call me the fat one but as weird as it sounds I still don't think I would consider myself fat back then. Definitely overweight and unhealthy, yes. About two years ago I decided to turn to fitness as a form of therapy and as a stress reliever. I started slow and eventually I started working out 4 to 5 days a week. We all have to start somewhere and doing something is better than nothing at all.”
17 Taylor Swift
She may have a long list of ex’s, some of which still have some “bad blood,” but there’s no denying that Taylor Swift is looking better than ever. She recently topped Maxim’s Hot 100 list, even appearing on the cover of the magazine. On top of that, she seems happier than ever as she’s currently in a relationship with DJ Calvin Harris.
All this is a stark comparison to the appearance she had during her relationship with One Direction singer, Harry Styles. She wore mostly casual clothing back then, which is much different than today as one can find her donning crop tops, short-shorts, skin-revealing dresses and thigh-high boots.
16 Selena Gomez
She’s been picked on and “body shaped” for gaining weight, along with getting the brunt of the mustache jokes at Justin Bieber’s Comedy Central roast, which aired earlier this year. Yet, extra pounds or not, Selena looks happier and healthier than ever.
Her body-love has been shown through her recent social media pictures, telling the public that despite what anyone says about her body, she loves it.
15 Katie Holmes
No more jumping for joy on couches for Tom Cruise. His ex, Katie Holmes, has made a major comeback since their highly profiled split in 2012. During questioning over a Bauer Media and InTouch magazine lawsuit, he admitted that Katie left him in order to protect their daughter Suri from his religion of Scientology.
“I find it, those statements offensive. Like with any relationship, there are many different levels to it,” Tom had said, according to the transcript of official court documents. “You know, I, I find it very offensive. There is no need to protect my daughter from my religion.”
Since their split, Katie has reportedly been linked to Jamie Foxx. At the May 2015 Met Gala, she was all smiles and rocked a new head-turning bob.
14 Katy Perry
Both Katy and her ex-husband, Russell Brand, have been vocal about their short-lived, awful marriage. Yet, it’s Katy who’s coming out on top. She spent the initial period of time after their divorce, which she said he did over text, eating Cheetos and being a wreck.
After that initial grief was over, she graced the cover of Vogue magazine, looking refined and romantic. The photographs were shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. Since then, she has maintained her gorgeous looks. Just recently, she attended the premiere for her new film, The Vladar Company’s Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer, where she was one of his main muses.
13 Kim Kardashian
Her infamous 72-day marriage resulted in even more press to her life and her revamped look. Her ex, NBA star Kris Humphries, has remained quiet in the media, while Kim can be found gracing the pages of it every day. This has allowed fans to see that she has gotten even hotter since her breakup. A lot of this can be attributed to the style evolution she underwent after marrying rapper Kayne West. It began with his stylist appearing on an episode of her hit reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashian. It featured the stylist going through her closet and deeming more than half of it unworthy. Besides her revamped fashion sense, Kim has shown the world that she’s the hotter ex through her many magazine covers and yes, her selfies.
12 Courteney Cox
Since her split to longtime love, David Arquette, the Cougar star has been just that: a cougar. She has always looked younger than her age, much like her bestie Jennifer Aniston and is currently engaged to 39-year-old Johnny McDaid.
But Courteney may have taken her breakover look a bit too far as it has been reported she got surgery done. Hollywood Life reported that when she walked the red carpet for the premiere for the movie, “Hand of God,” she looked different. Her face was puffier and showed signs of fillers and Botox being done. Regardless, the brunette beauty looked gorgeous and has certainly aged fabulously.
11 Scarlett Johansson
There’s no denying that Scarlett Johansson is one of the most beautiful people on this planet. The same could be said for her hunky ex, Ryan Reynolds, whom she was married to for four years before the pair called it quits. He went onto marry the beautiful Blake Lively, while Johansson married Romain Dauriac.
Since their breakup, the beauty has maintained her signature curves. One of the major differences to her looks now is her pixie haircut, which she got last July before giving birth to her daughter, Dorothy Rose. It showed her changing style, as did the red hair colour she got this past July.
10 Sandra Bullock
The Gravity actress was another victim to her marital problems being publicized in the media for everyone to see. It was discovered that Bullock’s husband, Jesse James, had been cheating on her with multiple women, all of whom told the media about their affairs. Instead of letting the drama from her divorce get her down, Sandra channeled all this into the superior care of her adopted son, Louis, and in making sure she was looking hotter than ever.
She’s still known as one of the fab and fittest celebs over 40, as she often rocks dresses that shows off her toned legs. Her positive outlook on life is also an attractive trait as she revealed in an interview with Vogue that she is exactly where she wants to be in her life now. “You can't go backward. I'm not going backward. I'm grateful that I'm here, blessed to have what I have. Nobody can be prepared for anything.”
9 Eva Longoria
Looking hot was the greatest revenge actress Eva Longoria could get against her cheating ex-husband, Tony Parker. She had first blindsided him after discovering he was sexting Erin Barry, the wife of Parker’s former San Antonio Spurs teammate Brent Barry and Longoria’s close friend. Her blindside came from her filing for divorce without him knowing and creating a media uproar.
Now in 2015, Eva is dating Jose Antonio Baston. She exuded happiness while talking to People magazine at the Eva Longoria Home Collection Launch for JCPenney. “I’m just in a happy place in my life that it’s easy to be open and in love because I am in a complete place in my life.” Her body is also showing a reflection of her revenge, as she is looking better than ever and rocking bikinis at 40.
8 Jordin Sparks
What breakup? Jordin Sparks has been looking fierce since her split to singer, Jason Derulo. She took a shot at him in her song, “How Bout Now,” where the lyrics alluded to some hostility between the two. “Remember I deleted all my other guys’ numbers out my phone for ya? / Remember when you broke your neck and I had to wash your back for ya? You probably don’t remember half of the sh-t that I did for ya.” The lyrics are referencing to the neck injury Derulo had and how Sparks took care of him.
She first lost 50 pounds in 2012, but instead of letting the breakup get to her, she has maintained her weight loss and has been looking like the hotter ex by flaunting her progress in flashy dresses, like the plunging neckline and thigh-high slit dress she wore to the American Music Awards in 2014.
7 Irina Shayk
The Russian supermodel who was most famously linked to world-renowned soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo, has bounced back from their breakup in a major way. Not only is she still stunningly gorgeous, with some of her high-profile clients including Guess, Vogue, Armani and Sports Illustrated, but she is now currently dating Bradley Cooper.
The pair have been linked since May, getting together shortly after her split with long-term beau, Ronaldo. Despite this, she is looking amazing as per usual and recently stunned while walking for Diane von Furstenberg during New York Fashion Week.
6 Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss, one of the stars of the hit show, Mad Men, is looking and feeling better since her marriage to SNL star, Fred Armisen, of which she called “extremely traumatic and awful and horrible.”
Since their split, she appeared in a story for Vulture. Her red carpet appearances have also featured her wearing form-fitting dresses that show off her fabulous body and darker hairdo.
5 Olivia Wilde
After her divorce to model Tao Ruspoli and before her marriage to Horrible Bosses star, Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde had professed that she would begin to date women instead. This never happened as she met and fell in love with Jason, but she did change up her looks, undeniably making her the hotter ex. The changes turned her into the brunette beauty she is today, as she switched up her style and is looking much more confident with herself.
4 Evan Rachel Wood
It’s hard to believe that this blonde beauty was married to gothic rock star Marilyn Manson. It was reported by the DailyMail that she didn’t always enjoy the attention their controversial relationship got. She said that people were “pretty mean,” and that, “if people were wondering why I was acting so-called crazy or like a teenager, it's because I was. People go through phases. People make mistakes. People go through life and don't get it right every time.”
Now, the actress is single after another divorce – this time to English actor, Jamie Bell. Despite all this relationship drama, she is looking good. The star has changed up her style since her marriage to Manson, and recently looked great while at the premiere for her new film at the Toronto International Film Festival.
3 Liam Hemsworth
With his ex-fiancé Miley Cyrus making headlines around the world for her baring outfits and obsene use of sticking out her tongue, Liam Hemsworth has won the battle of being the hotter ex post-breakup.
Since their split, he was photographed kissing actress Eiza Gonzalez and has been busy filming and wrapping up the Hunger Games movies. Besides that, his looks are better than ever as he’s maintained his muscular body through surfing and other workouts and is looking happier as he’s reportedly over Miley and now dating again.
2 Britney Spears
After yet another controversial breakup, this one to David Lucado who apparently cheated on her, Britney Spears has a new man and a new, much hotter look.
She turned heads while at this year’s VMA’s, dressed in a sheer mini dress that showed off her toned stomach and a high ponytail that featured a green and purple tip. Besides her looks, she seems happier than ever with her reported fiancé, TV producer Charlie Ebersol.
1 Kourtney Kardashain
One of the most publicized recent breakups is between Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick. The couple were together for nine years and have three children together, and the split was something the public saw coming for a while. The show Keeping Up With The Kardashians showed their rocky relationship and witnessed them almost split up a few times but it finally calling it quits this past July. Although the Kourtney has shown her emotional pain on the show, she has been looking fabulous on the red carpet and may be taking advice from younger sister Khloe on how to focus on herself and her family during this time.