17 Celebrity Exes Who Are Best Friends Now
Some bonds can stand it all—even heartbreak.
Hollywood is no stranger to front-page breakups. Just this year, Adele made headlines with her split from husband Simon Konecki, and Bradley Cooper did the same when he put the kibosh on his relationship with model Irina Shayk. Surely, before the year is over, there will be more casualties.
But for every heart-shattering breakup, some celebs manage to break up and stay close—not as lovers, but as friends. Whether they’re still raising kids together or just have bonds stronger than steel, here are the A-listers who called things off, only to end up BFFs.
Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz
Though they got divorced in 1993, Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz have maintained a strong bond over the years in mutually raising their daughter, Zoë Kravitz. In fact, Lenny Kravitz even shares matching rings with Bonet’s current husband, actor Jason Momoa, who gifted Kravitz the rings in 2018.
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
Before “Brangelina,” there was Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. And while the couple split up nearly 15 years ago—and have both been married to other people since—they’ve managed to still remain friends. Pitt was even spotted attending his ex-wife’s 50th birthday party in Los Angeles in February!
Heidi Klum and Seal
Model Heidi Klum and musician Seal were married for a decade, from 2002 to 2012, and have three kids together. And despite the divorce, it appears the couple is still friendly with one another. Klum even invited her ex-husband to guest judge on her show, America’s Got Talent, in 2017—and they were chummier than ever.
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
After being paired up on the The Vampire Diaries in 2009, costars Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev fell for each other off-screen, too. Since then, Somerhalder has gone on to marry actress Nikki Reed—but Dobrev appears to still be friends with Somerhalder, and with Reed, as well. When asked if she saw the friendship as “weird” on an episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Dobrev replied, “I don’t think it’s weird at all. I think that’s great. Why can’t everyone be friends?”
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
After a decade-long marriage, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin had a well-publicized “conscious uncoupling” in 2014. But the two have remained tight—especially when it comes to co-parenting their two children. Paltrow even invited Martin and their kids on her honeymoon with new husband Brad Falchuk, which she referred to as a “very modern honeymoon.”
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
Jennifer Lopez has made waves with her recent engagement to former New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez. But, before that, the star was head-over-heels for Marc Anthony; the two were married from 2004 to 2011. And while the romance may be gone, it appears there’s no bad blood. Lopez even referred to Anthony as her “best friend” during a 2017 appearance on Live with Kelly.
Courteney Cox and David Arquette
Following the couple’s separation in 2010, Courteney Cox and David Arquette still remain great friends, with Cox calling Arquette her “best friend in the world” in a 2013 interview with Ellen DeGeneres. “I love him,” she told Degeneres. “I appreciate David more now than I ever did. I mean, it’s hard. I don’t recommend divorce in general, but, you know, he is my best friend and we’ve both grown and changed.”
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis
With three kids together, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis remain thick as thieves, even though they split back in 1998. Moore was even invited to share in a friendly ribbing of her former husband during the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis, in 2018. (For his part, Willis seemed a good sport.)
Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak
Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak share such a close friendship that many people might not know they ever dated in the first place. During their fictional romance on The Office, the pair shared an on-again-off-again relationship IRL, as well. And even though they’re not together now, Kaling made Novak the godfather of her newborn daughter in 2019, telling Good Housekeeping he’s a “member of the family.”
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
The former Cruel Intentions couple announced their separation back in 2006, but the separation didn’t bring along the end of their friendship. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe co-parent their two children—Deacon and Ava—to this day. And, when asked about their relationship during a 2015 interview with Larry King interview, Phillippe revealed that the pair were still very close friends.
Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama
Fans were heartbroken when Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama split in 2016, but even after the split, the pair have remained good friends. Valderrama appeared in Lovato’s 2017 documentary, Simply Complicated, in which Lovato stated that the pair hadn’t fallen out of love, they had just decided they were “probably better as friends.” What’s, Valderrama was also spotted visiting Lovato in the hospital just one day after the singer’s tragic overdose in 2018.
Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake
It’s been some time since Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake were together, and while they split up in 2007, they still appear to be friends—despite both moving on to separate, happy marriages. (Diaz is currently married to musician Benji Madden, while Timberlake tied the knot with Jessica Biel back in 2012.) The pair even starred opposite each other as romantic leads in the 2011 rom-com, Bad Teacher.
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey ended their six-year marriage in 2014, but with two kids together, it seems the pair still has love for one another. In 2018, they even celebrated Christmas together as a family this past year in Colorado. Both Cannon and Carey shared separate Instagram posts of the revelries.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
After a decade of marriage, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their split in 2015. The pair have remained close friends since, though, as they co-parent their three children. Affleck even posted a heartfelt message on Instagram for his ex-wife this past Mother’s Day, writing that Garner helped show him “the meaning of love.”
Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie
Former Disney star Hilary Duff married hockey professional Mike Comrie back in 2010. But after just four years, the couple called it quits in 2014. However, Us Weekly reports that Comrie is still very close with Duff’s family, especially through co-parenting their son, Luca. Duff and Comrie were even spotted getting coffee together post-divorce in 2017.
Will Smith and Sheree Fletcher
It’s impossible to deny the love of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. But before that marriage, Smith was married to actress Sheree Fletcher. Though Smith and Fletcher divorced in 1995, following three years of marriage, the pair still remain friends to this day. These days, even Fletcher and Pinkett Smith are friends: Fletcher was the first guest on Pinkett Smith’s Facebook show, Red Table Talk.
Anna Farris and Chris Pratt
Following eight years of marriage, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announced their divorce in 2017. However, the exes still appear to be friends, and Faris even revealed that Pratt called her before proposing to his now-fiancé, Katherine Schwarzenegger.
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