The best revenge after a break-up is either looking better than ever without them or still looking just as good as you did while you two were dating.
Celebrities are no different when they go through the aftermath of a break-up. The only difference is they are in the spotlight so the pressure is on for them to still look in tact even if they are heartbroken and feel like they have hit rock bottom. They can’t stay inside and chug a bottle of wine while eating their favorite dark chocolates like a lot of us get to do. Maybe sometimes it is a good thing to not be a celebrity. Regardless, it is tough out there in the world of fame, where you have to keep it together for the cameras and media, all while dealing with a feeling of heartache deep inside.
We have to give it to them. From what we’ve seen, celebrities do a great job with recovering after a split, even though they might have a lot of help from their “people.” Some celebrities were already killing the game while they were dating their beau and yet, they managed to stay on point after the split such as Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez following their splits to Russell Brand and Ben Affleck, respectively.
While some celebs already had it together, it is even more entertaining to watch someone not be exactly at the best stage in their lives and suddenly become so confident and slaying every minute after their breakup. Celebrities like sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian are the perfect example of using their break-up as a fresh start.
So let’s take a look at the 12 celebs who look better than ever after going through a break-up.
12 Kim Kardashian - Post Ray-J
If there is anyone who can prove you can benefit from a split, it’s Kim Kardashian. The reality TV celebrity is infamously known for her past relationship with R&B singer, Ray J, and their scandalous sex tape back in 2003 which was leaked later in 2007. Her fame is always brought to question and the most common answer is always pointed at the ex-couple’s tape explaining why the brunette beauty’s status is what it is. Whatever the real reason is as to how she got famous, the leaked sex tape didn’t hurt, but perhaps helped a little.
Ever since, the Kardashian has starred on her own reality TV series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and collected a number of endorsements. Her family also jumped on the bandwagon and have also established themselves in Hollywood. In 2010, the rest of the Kardashians accumulated a whopping $65 million. Since her break-up to Ray J, Kim has gone on to date other bachelors including Kris Humphries and current husband, Kanye West.
11 Britney Spears - Post David Lucado
Pop star Britney Spears was in a relationship with David Lucado until, surprise, he was accused of cheating on the singer. Based on a video that TMZ claims shows of him hooking up with another lady, Britney obviously had to do what was best for her. But that wasn’t the end of it. Lucado tried defending himself which came out all wrong and just exposed himself in complete guilt. He admitted he had hooked up with another girl but it was when Spears and him were “on a break.” He said that she broke up with him via text message saying “I’m done with you.” Obviously, the story didn’t help Lucado’s cause and Spears completely moved on with the support of family and friends.
According to TMZ, he was desperate to explain himself to the princess of pop but her entire team, including the head, Jamie Spears, didn’t let it happen. As for her, it looked like she was not having such a hard time recovering, considering her red carpet appearance at the 2015 VMAs. She was looking incredibly fit and not to mention, in such a happy mood. It was almost a flashback to the old Britney in her prime years as the pop star we all loved. It looks like with her entire squad and positive outlook, Britney Spears is on a good comeback post-breakup from David Lucado.
10 Khloe Kardashian - Post Lamar Odom
Another Kardashian who is a great example of looking better than ever after a breakup is Khloe Kardashian. Being out in the public eye 24/7, we have watched Khloe transform into this fitness junkie we all love and aspire to be one day. Her Complex photo shoot was the cherry on top on showcasing what the reality TV personality has been working hard for in the gym.
We always see her gym pics or her showing off her new, transformed body and it all began when things fell apart between her and ex-hubby, Lamar Odom. Although the two are not legally divorced, they are separated due to mostly Odom's addictive behavior.
Despite the two confusing the public about where they stand in their relationship with one another, Kardashian has been open about relying on the gym to release all the stress, particularly the stress coming from her failed marriage. Unlike her older sister’s post-breakup lifestyle, Khloe’s recovery from her split has been much more relatable for many regular folks. Who doesn’t hit the gym to improve themselves or to just get rid of a lot of baggage? That is why the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is super inspiring with her transformation story. She is a perfect example of getting revenge on her ex-boyfriend, even though, the two currently remain on friendly terms.
9 Amber Rose - Post Kanye West
Amber Rose and Kanye West dated way before "Kimye" and Wiz Khalifa came into the picture. They were both together for two years and split in 2010. The relationship pretty much gave Rose the access to fame that she has now. The two were known for their unique styles, especially the 32-year-old model with her shaved-hair appearance and distinct, fashion taste that was probably all Kanye. The couple obviously took their fashion seriously and even attended Paris Fashion Week in the spring and summer of 2010, very similar to what Kimye does nowadays. It’s the Kanye effect. According to The New York Post, he reportedly spoiled her with lavished gifts and she said she’s never had someone treat her so well like that. Everything seemed to be going well, so what exactly went wrong?
The former music video vixen has pointed fingers at Kanye’s now wife, Kim Kardashian, for being a “homewrecker” and even hooking up with her ex-boyfriend behind her back. Whatever went wrong, that relationship brought the spotlight to her where she became most known for her outrageous style. It was at that time when she first rose to stardom and established her own platform, especially on social media, where you can see all of her on display. She later married high-profile rapper Wiz Khalifa and had a baby son together. That didn’t go well, either, as they both headed for divorce. It looks like Amber Rose will be sticking to the single life, especially since it’s looking so good on her.
8 Katy Perry - Post Russell Brand
Katy Perry is an awesome example of not letting a bad break-up bring her down in any way, shape or form. Her high-profile relationship with Russell Brand was one to remember, considering their really outgoing personalities. Perhaps, it was the fame that just put their personalities on blast. That is what the comedian probably meant when he admitted he couldn’t stand the spotlight while dating the singer, in a trailer for his new documentary, BRAND: A Second Coming. During the trailer, the 40 year-old confesses, “Oh my f***** God. I’m living like this life of the very thing I detest: vapid, vacuous celebrity.” He certainly didn’t hold back his feelings while reminiscing his marriage to the “Roar” singer and believes it was the fame that inevitably led to their divorce.
The couple was married for 14 months before they split in 2012. Perry, on the other hand, didn’t necessarily blame Hollywood for her failed marriage with the funny man, but instead, believed it was his inability to accept her as an “equal,” as she told Vogue in 2013. “He didn’t like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour,” she said. The two bitterly went their separate ways but their messy downfall didn’t get in the way of Katy’s game. Although, the performer was open about her feelings towards the break-up in her own documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me, she still managed to use her catchy music to express all her emotions. She looked good doing it, considering her style was still killing the game wearing this gorgeous funky outfit, seen above, at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
7 Naya Rivera - Post Big Sean
Another celeb who hasn’t let her past fail her is Glee star, Naya Rivera. She got engaged to then boyfriend Big Sean, but later he broke off the engagement. The relationship and split were anything but low-key. The two had met through social media when the actress started following the rapper on Twitter. Eventually, the two met and started dating in which they claim their relationship was just like any other regular relationship out there. Although, the couple believed they blended in with other normal relationships, they are in the spotlight so their split was pretty public.
Also through social media, the two decided to take their break-up online. Rivera tweeted “@bigsean stealing Rolexes from a lady’s house now. Maybe cuz I’m on Glee and making more money or something #triflin.” In response to his ex’s accusation, the “Blessings” rapper told Complex Magazine, “I felt like it was unnecessary drama cause in my eyes it wasn’t true. I wasn’t surprised by it. Even though I didn’t steal anything, I wasn’t surprised by it." Later that year, his single “I Don’t F*ck With You” came out and obviously rumors that the song was about the brunette began spreading. Regardless if the song was aimed towards her or not, Rivera eventually moved on and married Ryan Dorsey and now has a son with him. She’s been looking happy ever since the nasty split from the rapper.
6 Jennifer Lopez - Post Ben Affleck
Not that Jennifer Lopez ever went through a phase of not looking good, but at age 46, the Latina performer is looking insanely better than ever. Of course, the singer is known for getting around the dating scene and not having the best of luck, but obviously that has never made her lose her swag. Her most controversial break-up? Her engagement with high-profile actor, Ben Affleck. The two met on the set of the movie, Gigli, and began dating, famously becoming “Bennifer.” In 2002, the couple got engaged and continued to highlight their romance on screen, including for J-Lo’s music video “Jenny from the Block.” The two seemed happy with each other both on and off screen that when the news of Affleck calling off their engagement broke out, the world went wild, obsessing over what had happened between the two.
According to reports, the actor couldn’t deal with all the excessive media attention while Lopez was just left heartbroken. “I don’t think I had ever been that heartbroken in that way before,” she told VH1. “I had so many hopes and dreams on something.” To this day though, the two stars are on friendly terms and while Affleck is dealing with yet another bad split from ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, the singer and actress continues to turn heads with her amazing style and grace. Take the photo above as an example. Jennifer Lopez showed up at 1 OAK in New York in a super black revealing number where she celebrated turning 46.
5 Taylor Swift - Post Harry Styles
So exactly which of Taylor Swift’s break-up made her become a better person overall? It seems like we can’t keep count of all her relationships, splits and the drama, especially when they’re written all over her songs. Out of all her tough break-ups, the most famous one out there that fans can’t seem to get enough of was with ex-boyfriend and musician, Harry Styles. Not only are her fans unable to get over the split, but neither can Swift. In a recent performance at the Grammy Museum to celebrate the one year anniversary of 1989, the singer gave a small tribute before singing “Out of the Woods,” going more in depth on what the song is about. She admitted, “I’m going to play a song that I wrote about a relationship that I was in that the number one feeling I felt in the whole relationship was anxiety.” She went on to describe her relationship with, who we confidently assume, Styles, as “fragile” and “tentative.”
From what it sounded like, the singer is totally not completely over her past fling with the One Direction singer but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t moved on with her life. The seven-time Grammy winner has been dominating the music industry, from having number one singles to standing up for musicians through the whole Spotify debacle. Taylor Swift has definitely made a name for herself as “pop princess” and respectfully continues to focus on her passion, despite her vulnerability in relationships.
4 Reese Witherspoon - Post Ryan Phillippe
Reese Witherspoon is America’s sweetheart and continues to be, even after very public relationships and break-ups. The most famous relationship of hers was with Ryan Phillippe. The two seemed like a match made in heaven back then in Hollywood. The Sweet Home Alabama actress was on fire in 2006 when she took home the Best Actress Oscar for Walk The Line. Although her career was on a good path, her seven-year marriage to Phillippe was on the rocks. That same year she won an Oscar, the couple filed for divorce citing, “irreconcilable differences.” The year after, though, she showed up at the Golden Globes, looking better than we expected in a yellow number (above).
However, fast-forward to 2014, the actress revealed to Charlie Rose in an interview with 60 Minutes, that her ex-marriage with Phillippe was responsible for her career to go in shambles. She recognized she wasn’t succeeding as much as before at the box office saying, “I was floundering career-wise because I wasn’t making things I was passionate about, I was just kind of working.” It seems like America’s sweetheart went through a tougher post-breakup than we could have ever imagined but we must say she has been doing a good job handling her career ever since.
3 Selena Gomez - Post Bieber
Another well-known love story, besides those associated with Taylor Swift, is the one of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. The two were your usual teenage love birds who couldn’t stop gushing about each other while dating. Both singers are big in the music scene and have recently used their careers to express their emotions post-breakup. It is safe to say that these two are not over each other. The two are always being asked about where they stand with each other and they always have sweet words to say, despite the relationship being really tough on the two young crooners. Ah your first love.
In an interview with Complex, the Biebs had revealed to the magazine that they were “so in love.” “We were all about each other. But when it’s like that and you get your value from that, people will always disappoint you. Your girl or your dude will always disappoint you. Your full identity can’t be in that person. My identity was in her. Her identity was in me.” Wise words from the “Baby” singer. As for Gomez, she also got to express her side of the story through singles like “Good For You” and “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” especially during her performance at the AMA’s in 2014. Also, in true, classy Selena style, she opened up to ELLE that she will “forever support him and love him.”
The two are always in the spotlight and constantly asked about their status. However, at the end of the day, the relationship made them grow, specifically Gomez as she keeps looking stunning individually and continues to be successful while dealing with a broken heart.
2 Jordin Sparks - Post Jason Derulo
Jordin Sparks has definitely shown to be influenced by her breakup with her previous long-term boyfriend, Jason Derulo. She was still with Derulo but also at the prime of her career. Everything seemed to be going smoothly for the American Idol winner until one day. She spoke with Power 105.1 Breakfast Club, explaining how the break up went about when she was going on a vacation and the two were arguing. “He helped me with my bag to the car, he kissed me and told me he loved me, and then didn’t call,” she said. “I’ll never know what was true, what was not.” From her looks to her music to how she carries herself, the split from the “Want to Want Me” singer made her better. First, she began her transformation with her weight-loss venture for the sake of her health, not to just shrink down to a size zero.
The singer seemed to be handling things as best as she can, but later addressed cheating accusations while her ex inevitably threw major shade. Derulo revealed on Instagram in response to her accusations, captioning his post of a vehicle purchase, “Women Lie, Men Lie, Numbers Don’t Lie! #WhyLease #BreakfastClub” and tagging his ex’s Instagram handle. The Battlefield singer has moved on since all the drama, dating rapper Sage the Gemini, and they seem to be in a serious relationship.
1 Kourtney Kardashian - Post Scott Disick
It looks like Kourtney Kardashian followed sister Khloe Kardashian's footsteps when it came to her post-breakup situation with ex-boyfriend, Scott Disick. The couple has three children together and have been on and off for years, mainly because of Scott’s obnoxious behavior. Eventually, he made the ultimate no-no and got caught getting cozy with another woman overseas this past summer. Kourtney, with her kids in her best interest, decided to call their relationship off.
The stunning brunette has been seen all over town showcasing her new look and fashion style after splitting up with Disick. Shortly after their split, Kourtney started taking her gym regime more seriously with the help of Khloe, of course, as seen on her Instagram page. She has also posted more often, and not just of anything, but of her amazing appearance. Ultimate revenge? We think so.