Friendly Exes: Celebrity Couples Who Split and Still Get Along
Celebrity relationships are weird. Unless you’re a rare celebrity who decides to date outside of the realm of Hollywood, you have a relatively small selection of famous people to choose from. If you actually find another celebrity to date, that’s great, but if you break up — what do you do?
They’re likely to run into each other more than once, so staying friends is a surefire way to keep things from getting awkward. Even though these 15 celebrity couples broke up, they’ve taken the high road in remaining friendly with their exes.
1. Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom
Before Katy Perry came into the picture, Orlando Bloom was married to Australian model, Miranda Kerr. Bloom and Kerr tied the knot in 2010 and had their son, Flynn, one year later.
They may have been one of Hollywood’s most attractive couples, but they went their separate ways in 2013. While it’s not uncommon for divorced couples to co-parent if they have a child together, Bloom and Kerr took it one step further — by becoming neighbors.
The exes bought homes in the same Los Angeles neighborhood, so their son could continue growing up with both parents equally in his life. Kerr told Hello! Fashion Monthly, “We decided as a family it was the right decision for Flynn, so Orlando and I both relocated and we live five minutes from each other.”
She also admitted, “Orlando and I are still really close,” so it sounds like the best-case scenario for divorce.
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2. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were an iconic duo, but Lopez admitted, “There’s a reason we’re not together.” As a guest on The View in March 2017, Lopez opened up about co-parenting their 9-year-old twins, Emme and Max, and what works so well for their current relationship status.
“We’re great friends,” she said. “And we’re parents together. We’re even working on a Spanish album together. [And] that has been even better for us. We met working, and that’s where we’re really magical, when we’re on stage together, and so we leave it there. That’s it.”
Next: These friends are closer now than they were as a couple.
3. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Gwyneth Paltrow may have been at the center of a few jokes involving “consciously uncoupling” in 2014, but now, the joke’s on us. Paltrow and her ex, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, seem to be closer as exes than they ever were as a couple.
They go far beyond co-parenting their children, Apple, 13, and Moses, 11. Post-consciously uncoupling, Paltrow and Martin have taken family trips to Disneyland together, Paltrow and the kids have seen Coldplay perform on a regular basis, and sweet family moments are constantly captured on Instagram.
Paltrow has even gone so far as to claim Martin is “like [her] brother.” Even if they aren’t romantically involved anymore, it’s refreshing to see them still feeling like family.
Next: These friendly exes reunited on America’s Got Talent.
4. Heidi Klum and Seal
— Heidi Klum (@heidiklum) May 1, 2017
When Heidi Klum and Seal announced their separation in 2012 after seven years of marriage, we were definitely left in a bit of a shock. In the few years following their divorce, the two have opened up about the struggles of their marriage. Klum admitted to having to act as “a mom and a dad at the same time” to their four children, Helene, 13, Henry, 12, Johan, 10, and Lou, 8.
The two have clearly reconciled, and Klum is apparently Seal’s biggest fan. In May 2017, Klum and Seal reunited on America’s Got Talent. She said of her ex-husband, “Back in step!! Bringing my fave singer to my fave show to guest judge.”
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5. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have proven that they don’t plan on ever being out of each other’s lives. As the parents of Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5, they’ve committed to staying close and being the best co-parents possible.
They split in 2015, but since their breakup, Affleck has called Garner “the greatest mom in the world.” Even though Affleck romantically moved on to Lindsay Shookus in July 2017, Garner continues to celebrate holidays and enjoy dinners with her ex and their children.
Next: He performed while his ex walked in a Victoria’s Secret Runway Show.
6. Bella Hadid and The Weeknd
I can't believe it! I was smiling SO HUGE on the inside I promise!!!! The most fun and nerve racking experience of my life but I wish I could do it over and over and over again!!!!! Thank you @theweeknd for being the best and most incredible performer on the planet. You KILLED it, as always ❤️ And not enough thank you's to @ed_razek @10magazine @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro and the whole VS family!!!thank you for believing in me I love you all so so so much
Now that The Weeknd and Selena Gomez have split, we’re hoping the two can have as amicable of breakup as The Weeknd had with his former flame, Bella Hadid.
The Weeknd and Hadid dated from April 2015 to November 2016. Less than one month after their split, Hadid was set to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, with none other than her ex as the performer as she walked the runway.
Hadid cleared up any anticipated tension before the show, telling E! News, “There is no awkwardness. He is my best friend, and I am excited because I am walking during his performance.”
She even congratulated him after the show in an Instagram post, writing, “Thank you @theweeknd for being the best and most incredible performer on the planet. You KILLED it, as always.”
Next: They’ve remained friends after 11 years together.
7. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
Even though Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split in 2016, it’s still hard to imagine a world without them as a couple. After 11 years together, they luckily have each other to help navigate through this new territory for their relationship. Since their breakup, they’ve amicably been co-parenting their sons, Alexander Pete, 10, and Samuel Kai, 8.
Watts revealed to Vogue Australia, “There are good days and bad days. Liev and I are on great terms and we’re trying to do our absolute best for the sake of the children, and we hope to keep moving forward in that way. He’s fantastic dad, a wonderful, wonderful man, and we still want the absolute best for each other.”
Next: He attended one of her concerts after they ended their engagement.
8. Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney
Lady Gaga was vocal about how smitten she was with her beau, Taylor Kinney. That was, until they broke off their engagement in July 2016. In Lady Gaga’s film, Five Foot Two, she revealed the moments that led to their split.
“Me and Taylor are fighting, so that sucks. My threshold for bullsh*t with men is just — I don’t have one anymore. In relationships, you have to move together,” she said.
While their breakup clearly wasn’t an easy one, they’ve since reconciled and have remained friends. Kinney was even in the crowd at one of Lady Gaga’s concerts on her Joanne world tour in August 2017 in support of his ex.
Next: This famous daughter claimed her parents made their split easy on her.
9. Demi Moore and Bruce Willis
If you don’t believe us that Demi Moore and Bruce Willis remained close after their divorce, maybe you’ll believe their daughter: Rumer Willis. As a guest on Larry King Now, Rumer opened up about how impressed she was with her parents’ handling of their public divorce in 2000.
“I never had to split up vacations or split up birthdays,” Willis said. “They always made an effort to do all of the family events still together and made such an effort to still have our family be as one unit, as opposed to two separate things, which I think really made an impact.”
When Rumer was a Dancing With the Stars contestant in 2015, Demi and Bruce reunited once again to cheer on their daughter together.
Next: This actress called her ex “a genius comedian.”
10. Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake
Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake were a hot couple in the mid-2000s, but they went their separate ways in 2007. Luckily, when they reunited in 2011 to co-star in Bad Teacher, Diaz claimed that “it really wasn’t a big deal.”
She also called Timberlake “a genius comedian,” and gushed that they “have always had a good laugh together.”
No matter how many great things they had to say about each other, they kept their relationship status as “friends.” Both are now happily married — Timberlake to Jessica Biel and Diaz to Benji Madden — so it all worked out for the best.
Next: They love co-parenting together.
11. Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie
In a January 2017 interview with Cosmopolitan, Hilary Duff got candid about co-parenting with her ex-husband, Mike Comrie. However, no dirt to dish here, as the two remain close friends.
Duff and Comrie wed in 2010, but they finalized their divorce in 2016. Luckily, their 5-year-old son, Luca Cruz, doesn’t have to split too much time between his parents. Duff confirmed that they continue spending holidays together, even taking photos of their family having a great time (as captured above).
“Mike’s amazing,” she admitted. “We’re so ingrained in each other’s lives. I wouldn’t choose anyone else to co-parent with. We are really good friends and care a lot about each other.”
Next: These exes have been spotted together on numerous occasions.
12. Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson
Breaking up after spending an entire decade together sounds devastating, to say the least. That is, unless you’re Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson. After splitting in July 2016, the two have remained active in each other’s lives, being spotted together on numerous occasions. They even shared a heartfelt hug outside of Los Angeles International Airport in August 2016.
In May 2017, Jackson proved that their friendship is still going strong. When Kruger won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival, Jackson took to Instagram to send her his congratulations.
“Yes she Cannes,” he wrote. “Having witnessed the integrity and dedication that you bring to every job, I’m over the moon to see you getting the recognition you deserve. Only question is what took ’em so long! CONGRATULATIONS, Josh #dianekruger.”
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13. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe may have been young when they got married, but they’ve handled life after divorce maturely. The two met in 1997 on Witherspoon’s 21st birthday, when Witherspoon boldly told Phillippe that “he was her birthday gift that night,” according to Us Weekly.
The couple co-starred in Cruel Intentions in 1999 and tied the knot later that year. They share two children, Ava, 18 and Deacon, 14, but divorced in 2007. Their split wasn’t so friendly at the time, considering it was the result of Phillippe cheating with Abbie Cornish.
They’ve kept their drama in the past, and have managed to co-parent and remain friends. In 2014, Phillippe told HuffPost Live’s Ricky Camilleri about a sweet moment the family had together while Witherspoon was visiting New York City promoting Gone Girl and Wild:
We got to meet up as a family and took a walk through Central Park with the kids, and it was funny — we were reminiscing then because we shot a lot of Cruel Intentions [there], so there we were with Ava and Deacon talking, and they were tripping out on the fact that we were there shooting a movie before they were even a thought in our minds.
Next: These exes have been friends for over 16 years.
14. Mandy Moore and Wilmer Valderrama
Even though Mandy Moore and Wilmer Valderrama were a couple from 2000 to 2002, they’ve remained close friends since their split. In July 2016, the two were working on the same Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles.
Moore captured the moment on Instagram, and sweetly wrote, “Sometimes you get to work on the same lot as your friends and you can run over, catch up and watch them continue to be a bad-ass (in real life and on TV). Love this guy. Friends for over 16 years.”
Next: These former flames have sparked rumors of romance with their friendship.
15. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone
If we could hand out an award for Best Breakup Ever, it would be to Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. The Amazing Spider-Man actors were a couple for four years, but they broke things off in October 2015.
Since their split, they’ve both continued to say only the best things about each other. In 2016, Stone spilled to Vogue that Garfield is “still someone [she loves] very much.” That same year, when Garfield was asked who he’d take on a desert island if he could only choose one person, his response was, “Emma Stone. I love Emma. She’s all right. She can come.”
Even though we’re happy to see them as friends, Stone has given us reason to speculate whether or not they’ll be getting back together. After they were spotted hanging out in London in August 2017, a source told People that “the feeling between them is still romantic.” However, others have asserted they are just friends supporting one another. Only time will tell.
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