Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed some of the most shocking celebrity breakups of all time. I don’t know about you, but I’m still not over the end of the Brangelina era! But while many breakups end up in scandals, you’d be surprised to know that many celebrity couples have remained close after calling it quits. Here’s a list of the top 20 celebrity couples who’ve stayed close despite their breakup… sometimes, too close!
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#20. Reese Witherspoon And Ryan Phillippe
Hollywood actors and directors Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe got married in 1999 but they split up 7 years later. However, they’ve remained friends ever since. They still love each other, but it seems that a romantic relationship was no longer right for them!
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One of the main reasons they’re so close to each other is that they have 2 children together, Deacon and Ava. Apparently, the key to a healthy divorce is putting your children first!
#19. Heidi Klum And Seal
The world was left baffled when actress Heidi Klum and soul singer Seal began dating. I guess nobody saw that coming! Not only did they get married, but they renewed their marriage vows each year in front of their loved ones. They were one of the most committed celeb couples, so it came as a shock when they announced they were filing for a divorce back in 2012.
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However, both have been very mature regarding their breakup. In fact, they’ve decided to co-parent their kids, who spend equal time with both their parents. On top of this, they have recently worked together, too! While Klum is a judge on America’s Got Talent, Seal has appeared as a guest judge during a few chapters.
#18. Demi Lovato And Joe Jonas
Pop icons and Disney Channel stars Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas dated back in their teenage years, though their relationship lasted for less than a year. 10 years have passed since their breakup, but the two are still friends to this day.
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In fact, Jonas was always there for her during her most difficult times. As to Lovato, she once told US Weekly that they’ll always be friends. It seems that they no longer consider themselves as exes, but just as BFFs!
#17. Mindy Kaling And B.J. Novak
Actors and writers Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak had an onscreen relationship in the famous sitcom The Office, but they took things to the next level and began dating off-screen, too! However, they seem to have an on-again and off-again relationship, and we’re not even sure if they’re still together!
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When interviewed by In Style, Kaling admitted that their relationship is pretty weird and that they were somewhere in between friends and partners. The only thing we’re sure about is that, whether or not they’re still together, they really do seem to care for each other!
#16. Emma Stone And Andrew Garfield
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield were one of the most adorable Hollywood couples out there, and that’s a fact. They had great chemistry both offscreen and onscreen – if you’ve watched The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, then you know I’m right!
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The couple began dating during the shooting of the film in 2010 and called it quits 5 years later. According to the media, they’re still close friends to this day and both claim to enjoy each other’s company.
#15. Miranda Kerr And Orlando Bloom
Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom and supermodel Miranda Kerr tied the knot in 2010 but split up 3 years later. They have a son together, so they were left with no choice but to figure out a way of getting along for his sake.
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The two have been spotted hanging out together a few times ever since their divorce, so apparently, they’re doing a good job with their getting along plan. When interviewed by Popsugar, Bloom has said quite adorable things about her ex, and when asked if they’re still friends, he answered that they’re even more than that: they’re family.
#14. Hillary Duff And Mike Comrie
Pop singer Hillary Duff was one of the very few young stars who was always low-key when growing up. Bearing this in mind, it came as a surprise when she announced she and her husband, ice hockey player Mike Comrie, would file for divorce in 2010.
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However, we shouldn’t feel bad for them, as they’ve stayed on good terms ever since. On Ellen DeGeneres’ show, Duff confessed that their love for their son Luca is what keeps them close and despite their differences, the 3 consider themselves to be a happy family.
#13. Lenny Kravitz And Lisa Bonet
Rock singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet tied the knot in 1987 but led for a divorce 6 years later. They had one daughter together, Big Little Lies actress Zoe Kravitz. But despite their differences, they still maintain a happy and healthy relationship.
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In fact, ever since their divorce, the two have shown up at different events together on numerous occasions. Not only that, but they have also attended the Met Gala as each other’s dates a couple of times. Furthermore, Zoe and Lisa tend to go to Lenny’s shows and often upload pictures on their Instagram accounts.
#12. Courtney Cox And David Arquette
Actors Courtney Cox and David Arquette first met during the shooting of the 1996 horror film Scream, and they soon began dating offset. They eventually got married, but 10 years later, they called it quits. I don’t know about you, but I’m still not over it!
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When interviewed by ABC News, Arquette said that they aimed to stay close and co-parent their only child, Coco. They’re also co-workers, as they’ve kept their production company Coquette Productions afloat.
#11. Gwyneth Paltrow And Chris Martin
Did you know that British actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin got married in 2003? Not only that, but they also had 2 children together, a girl named Apple and a boy named Moses. While most people regarded them as a model couple, they surprisingly put an end to their relationship in March 2014.
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However, ever since then, the two have maintained a close relationship. According to Glamour, Paltrow confessed she still feels the four of them make a happy family. Apparently, both parts have come to terms with the fact that a romantic relationship was just not right for them. Legit breakup goals!
#10. Nina Dobrev And Ian Somerhalder
Hollywood actors Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev dated onscreen in The Vampire Diaries and soon became one of the fans’ favorite fictional couples, and guess what? They soon began dating offscreen too! However, fans were heartbroken when they announced their breakup in 2013.
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However, you should know that the two are great friends, and one year after their breakup, they won a People’s Choice Award for Best Onscreen Chemistry! In fact, they even kissed each other on stage when accepting the award.
#9. Kourtney Kardashian And Scott Disick
Media personalities Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick were a happy couple for nearly a decade and had 3 children together, but never got married. Their ups and downs were frequently exposed in the reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, so their breakup was 100% public.
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But in spite of all the drama, they’ve managed to maintain a civil relationship. The 5 spend some family time every now and then, and it seems that splitting up turned out for the best.
#8. Jennifer Lopez And Mark Anthony
Singers Mark Anthony and Jennifer Lopez were once one of the hottest celebrity couples from the entertainment world. Unfortunately, they got divorced in 2011 after a 7-year relationship.
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But just like many stars on this list, they stayed in touch, mainly for the sake of her daughter Emme and his son Maximilian. However, not only are they co-parenting their children, but technically they also work together, as Anthony is still producing some of J-Lo’s albums.
#7. Kate Hudson And Matthew Bellamy
Actress Kate Hudson and the Muse guitarist Matthew Bellamy were together for nearly 5 years, but even though they were engaged for over 2 years, they never got married. They realized they weren’t right for each other just in time, as in 2014 they called off their engagement and broke up.
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However, while they were still engaged, they had a son named Bingham, and he’s the reason why they still spend a lot of quality time together. In fact, they’ve even gone on vacation together. This one time, they spent Christmas together with their son, and Hudson uploaded a photo on Instagram with the caption “ExMas“.
#6. Kaley Cuoco And John Galecki
The Big Bang Theory fans went crazy when they found out that lead actors Kaley Cuoco and John Galecki, who played a couple onscreen, began dating offscreen as well. Although their characters married in the show, they never tied the knot in real life.
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Obviously, the two had to continue working together after their breakup, which must’ve been an extremely difficult experience. However, they managed to go through with it and even stayed friends throughout the remaining seasons.
#5. Michael Hall And Jennifer Carpenter
Actors Michael Hall and Jennifer Carpenter co-starred in the mystery TV series Dexter, and they fell in love on set. But in spite of their great chemistry onset and their 3-year relationship, they decided to get a divorce in 2011.
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In spite of that, they were found spending time together on numerous occasions after their breakup, which spread rumors that they were back together. However, as Carpenter told Entertainment Weekly, they’re just friends, and the divorce didn’t change that.
#4. Jennifer Garner And Ben Affleck
Hollywood icons Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were married for 10 years and had 3 children together, and while there were constant breakup rumors ever since they got together, they finally got a divorce in 2015.
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It was probably for the best since the two seem to be happier co-parenting than being husband and wife! They also go on vacation with their children every now and then. They’ve made it clear that their children are their number 1 priority and they’ll always leave their differences aside for their sake.
#3. Bruce Willis And Demi Moore
Hollywood legends Demi Moore and Bruce Willis were once one of the cutest celebrity couples. The fans were heartbroken when they announced their divorce back in 2000 after a happy 13-year relationship.
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Nevertheless, the two have decided to co-parent their 3 children together and they have remained friends during the past 18 years without facing many conflicts. In fact, when Moore got married to Aston Kutcher, Willis attended their wedding!
#2. Cameron Diaz And Justin Timberlake
Actress Cameron Diaz and rapper Justin Timberlake started dating in 2003 but they broke it off 4 years later. Their breakup was very low-key, so most of us only found out a couple of years later.
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Apparently, the two have remained friends and even co-starred in a couple of films together, including the animated classic Shrek 2 and the 2011 comedy film Bad Teacher. When interviewed by People, Diaz admitted that the filming went smoothly.
#1. Sean Penn And Madonna
Without a doubt, pop legend Madonna and talented actor Sean Penn were once the hottest and most famous celebrity couple in the world, and fans loved them. However, they’ve always had their ups and downs and they broke up 4 years after their marriage.
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But even though both admitted they always fought with each other, they’ve remained close friends ever since the breakup. It appears to be that calling it quits was all they needed to stand each other!