It is rare that a couple in show business lasts forever. Relationships are hard, we all know that, however being famous makes having a “normal” relationship that much harder. The one thing worse than going through an entire relationship in the public eye is going through a breakup for the entire world to watch.
At the core, celebrities are people like you and me, they have feelings and breakups hit them just as hard as they do anyone. Sometimes relationships do not work out romantically but you are not willing to lose the friendship. Some people may think staying friends with an ex is weird, however those people have never had real unconditional friendship from an ex.
When two people are mature enough to know that a relationship has no future, you can only hope that they are also mature enough to remain on good terms. This is why we at TheRichest thought it would be fun to list 15 celebrity exes that are still friends with one another. From eleven-year marriages to first loves, each of the following celebrities have managed to have civil breakups and remain friends with their one-time lovers.
15 Courteney Cox and David Arquette
Courteney Cox and David Arquette are two major players in the Hollywood game. Cox, who is best known as Monica on the epic television series Friends, and her ex-husband seemed to have a picture perfect marriage. However, if we know anything, we know that looks are most of the time deceiving.
Although they spent eleven years married to one another, in 2010 they decided to get divorced. This split came as a surprise to many of their fans. Thankfully, throughout the past six years, they have managed to remain very good friends. Cox has opened up about their friendship saying, “I think that we were such good friends. We found ourselves leading separate lives and just coexisting and being great friends, but not having the intimacy that . . . is so important in a relationship.” Although no one wishes their marriage ends in divorce, if it does, you would hope to end up being best friends like these two.
14 Bruce Willis and Demi Moore
From 1987 to 2000, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore called one another husband and wife. It is no secret that both Moore and Willis have found an immense amount of success throughout their careers. Together they brought three beautiful children into the world.
Although their marriage ending was big news in the press, the pair decided to maintain a united front. Although the separation was hard on the three girls, especially the eldest, Rumer, the couple did the best thing for everyone in the long run.
Since the split, they have appeared at numerous events and parties together as a family and it seems that their relationship is better than ever. They even appeared on Dancing With the Stars together to witness their daughter win it all. Willis and Moore know that romantically they do not belong together, but they clearly still consider each other family.
13 Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the classiest and most beautiful women in the industry and Chris Martin is not so bad himself. Together they made a beautiful couple and even though their thirteen-year marriage came to an end, they still managed to keep everything more than civilized.
Although the split came as a surprise to fans, Paltrow opened up and said "I had built my life on trying to be all things to all people, and I just couldn't do it anymore. I really had the sense that I wasn't allowed to have needs, and I had to prove my specialness or self-worth by doing all this stuff and taking care of everybody else. And I just hit a wall.”
Their divorce was one of the friendliest divorces in Hollywood history and the two appear to still be friends. They even took a family vacation with their children Apple and Moses. These parents want to make sure that their children do not suffer from the divorce and so far it seems as if they are doing a pretty amazing job at making sure that does not happen.
12 Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe
Not only did the world fall in love with them in Cruel Intentions, but during that time, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe fell in love with each other. 2006 was a great year for Witherspoon, she won the Academy Award for best actress for her memorable performance in Walk the Line. However, just a few months later, her world came crashing down.
In 2007, the couple's eight-year marriage came to an end in a tabloid frenzy. Witherspoon opened up and said “It's very humiliating and very isolating…But, by the way, if it’s not painful, maybe it wasn’t the right decision to marry to begin with. Those are the appropriate emotions.”
Although Witherspoon must have had some embarrassment after her husband's infidelity became public knowledge, she decided to keep a relationship with her ex. The two remain close for the sake of their children and have both moved on from one another in a romantic sense. In 2015, Witherspoon married her agent Jim Toth and she seems happier than ever.
11 Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton go down as one of the weirdest celebrity couples of all time. There was a time when the pair wore a vile of each other's blood around their necks, however, their bizarre relationship came to an end in 2003 only three years after they said “ I do.”
While their relationship was unusual, their divorce went better than most Hollywood relationships. Thorton and Jolie still have an incredible amount of love and respect for one another, but they know that they are not meant to be together.
Thorton said "We had a great time together. We had a great marriage and I chickened out because I didn't feel good enough. That's all that happened. It was no big deal, we never hated each other."
10 Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
It is hard to let go of your first love, and Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are the perfect example of that. The on again, off again couple has now been off for quite some time, giving fans everywhere the idea that their romance is done forever. Although the two grew apart romantically, they also grew up together in the spotlight, which is a bond they will always share.
Gomez and Bieber are still good friends and something tells us that they will always have a friendship. It is hard going through a breakup under normal circumstances, but dating Justin Bieber and being Selena Gomez is far from normal, which probably made the breakup even harder. Both of these young superstars have crazy futures ahead of them and who knows if their first love will actually end up being their last love. Crazier things have happened!
9 Cody Simpson and Gigi Hadid
Cody Simpson and Gigi Hadid made an incredibly cute couple, but as you can tell by their inclusion on this list, the young stars decided to call it quits. Hadid, who is focusing on her modeling career, and Simpson, his music career, both have bright futures ahead of them. The two have remained quite close after the breakup and speak extremely highly of one another.
When talking about the experience Simpson said, “I love my ex-girlfriend, I always will, it was an amicable, mutual decision, and we still talk every now and then, but the highly publicized thing made me uncomfortable. Going out to dinner and there being all this paparazzi and stuff…. As soon as we split I had the realization that I was straying away from who I was as a whole person. I want to keep it low key, and focus on my music.”
Not only have Simpson and Hadid managed to remain friends, but their mothers have also stayed very close. Cody Simpson's mom even appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with Yolanda Foster.
8 Chanel Iman and ASAP Rocky
ASAP Rocky broke through the industry like a flame in 2011. Not only did the world take notice of his awesome sound and immense talent, he was also praised for his unique fashion sense. It was no surprise that the music genius ended up landing one of the sexiest women out there, Chanel Iman.
Chanel Iman and ASAP Rocky had a very low-key relationship, rarely posting one another on social media and never publicly speaking of their relationship. Regardless of how open they were to the public about their romance, their fans were devastated when news broke that they had decided to call it quits.
Iman and her ex-beau have managed to remain quite close without having any romantic involvement. Rocky still speaks extremely highly of the Victoria's Secret model saying "That's my best friend, you've gotta be mature, to be in this type of predicament and have a relationship. I never really talk about these kinda things, about her, and she never really talks about me so I'm not really gonna say much on the subject but she's happy and that's all I want -- I want her to be happy."
7 Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake
It seems like forever ago that bombshell actress Cameron Diaz got her claws into the talented and gorgeous Justin Timberlake's heart. Diaz, who is one of the most recognized actresses on the planet, has quite an impressive resume, both in her career and her dating life.
Diaz and Timberlake dated for about three years and ended it in 2006. Although the pair were never married, they shared a very special bond which has carried through even after the breakup. The two even stared in the movie Bad Teacher together and had an amazing time working on it.
Diaz opened up about working with her ex and said "It's great. Justin and I have always had a good laugh together, and to make a movie where we get to have a laugh together, and there really was no one else who was more perfect for this part.” It's nice to know that exes like Diaz and Timberlake exist.
6 Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom
Once upon a time Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom fell in love and seemed to be living happily ever after until things got very dark. It is no secret that Odom recently had a near death experience due to substance abuse and although Khloe Kardashian has stuck beside him, that does not mean that they are getting back together.
Khloe is a good person with a big heart who does not want to turn her back on her ex-husband when he needs her most. She has even said “Just because you break up with someone doesn't mean you lose that connection," which is very admirable. She also went on to say "He was a huge part of our family and always will be.” It is safe to say that Lamar Odom is lucky to have an ex-wife and friend like Khloe Kardashian.
5 Khloe Kardashian and French Montana
Khloe Kardashian has said “I always want to feel like I can say hi to anyone I've had a relationship with if I saw them in public. I never want to go anywhere and be nervous because so-and-so is there." This is why it does not come as a big surprise that Kardashian is still close friends with her ex-boyfriend French Montana.
The rapper and reality star began dating shortly after her and Lamar Odom split. It was a whirlwind romance and it seems as though it ended as fast as it began. French Montana and Khloe Kardashian, however, have managed to remain very close friends; so close that he still appears on episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians.
French has a relationship with the entire Kardashian clan and regardless if he and Khloe are dating, that is going to remain. Both Kardashian and Montana have dated other people since the split and there has not been any drama, making us at TheRichest love them even more.
4 Nick Jonas and Olivia Culpo
Nick Jonas and Olivia Culpo seemed like a match made in heaven. However, after two years of being together, the couple decided to call it quits, breaking the hearts of many fans throughout the world. Ending relationships are hard, but these two have nothing but love for one another. They spent two wonderful years together and although they grew apart romantically, there is still a strong friendship between the two.
Nick Jonas opened up about his breakup and stated "I wish the best for her in the future and we had a great two years, she's an amazing person…We had a great, beautiful few years together, but it's been a crazy couple months and I wish the best to her for the future, but it's tough." Both Culpo and Jonas have a large amount of talent and we are sure they will remain in each other's lives.
3 Ariana Grande and Big Sean
When Ariana Grande and Big Sean came out to the world and announced they were dating it caught a lot of fans off guard. However, after the initial shock passed and their relationship became more public, the world actually got to see how cute they were together. Just when the world began to start seeing them as “couple goals," the pair decided to go their separate ways.
Grande, who began working on a new album right after the split opened up and said the following; "I'm good at making the best out of something. It also wasn't that hard for me, because we were friends. So it's chill. You know, people found out quite a while after it actually happened. By the time I was writing the new album, I had kind of moved on. It's not going to be captured on the album too much. I'm in a happy place. There aren't any breakup anthems because I had moved on. I was like, alright. Well, f*ck it."
2 Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner
When news first broke that former Olympian Bruce Jenner was going to become Caitlyn Jenner, his ex-wife Kris Jenner did not seem too thrilled. In June 2015, Jenner made his first appearance as Caitlyn on in an interview with Diane Sawyer, which was said to bother Kris Jenner immensely. We understand that it must have been hard for both of them to get through this time. However, now that some time has passed, the ex-husband and wife have been able to rebuild their friendship.
It helps that they have two beautiful daughters together and want to remain on good terms for the sake of their children Kylie and Kendall. It is crazy to know that this couple was once considered one of the strongest couples in Hollywood, they were even able to create an empire out of their family life. Caitlyn Jenner now has her own reality show, separate from Keeping up with the Kardashians, called I Am Cait.
1 Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have been in each other's lives for what seems like forever. The two dated for years but never tied the knot. That being said, they do have three stunning children with one another. Kardashian and Disick have one of the best relationships that anyone has with an ex.
Not only is Disick still a huge part of Kardashians family, the pair are pretty much a couple, just without the romance. A lot of fans hope that this dynamic duo will realize how perfect they are for one another and get back together. But slow down, Disick has opened up and said “I don’t think anything is ever simple. I’m not the first person in the world to get separated from their significant other, there are things we both have to work on.… We’re at a good place, I don’t think either of us want anymore than where we’re at."
They may be content, but we here at TheRichest are still praying that the pair will reunite and one day get married!