Can Exes Really Be Friends? 10 Celebs Weigh in on the Great Breakup Debate
JENNIFER LAWRENCE & DARREN ARONOFSKY
After admitting she still loves her ex and mother! director Aronofsky, Lawrence continued, saying she's on good terms with all her former beaus. "I'm friends with all my exes, actually," she said on WTF with Marc Maron. "For the most part, yeah, I have a theory: I think it's because I'm blunt. I don't think that you can have any sort of bad relationship with anybody if you're just blunt."
She continued: "Everybody always knows how you feel at all times and there's no lying, it's just honesty. Everybody's a good guy to each other. All my boyfriends have been wonderful. Nick [Hoult] was a great boyfriend."
KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM
They may have dated for a little more than a year, but there's no hard feelings between the two stars. "We're friends, it's good," Bloom revealed to ELLE UK about his post-split dynamic with his famous ex. "It's better to set an example for kids and show that [breakups] don't have to be about hate." As for the singer? “Well, you know, I think people are in and out of your life,” she told The Morning Mashup, a SiriusXM Hits 1 program. “It’s nice to keep people you love around you. When you get older, lines get blurred. And you know what, I’m really busy. I’m about to go on tour for another year.”
JENNIFER LOPEZ & MARC ANTHONY
"… I think we're really good the way we are. Honestly, we're always gonna be great friends," Lopez said of her dynamic with her ex-husband on Live with Kelly. "I'm always gonna be there for him, he's always gonna be there for me." She continued: "We share something very special in the kids, and we know that. We're there for them, and that's the main thing."
GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN
"We're still very much a family, even though we don't have a romantic relationship," Paltrow said in Glamour's March 2016 issue of her ex-husband. "He's like my brother."
JENNIFER ANISTON & BRAD PITT
"They have been friends for a while and often text," a source close to Pitt told PEOPLE, adding that the formerly married pair continued to keep up with each other amid the actor's split from Angelina Jolie. "This is nothing new, he didn't have to jump through hoops to get Jennifer's number," the source added.
EMMA STONE & ANDREW GARFIELD
"We care about each other so much, and that's a given, that's kind of this unconditional thing," Garfield explained on Vanity Fair's Little Gold Men podcast. "There's so much love between us and so much respect ... It's also been wonderful to have that kind of support for each other."
MANDY MOORE & WILMER VALDERRAMA
"Love this guy. Friends for over 16 years," Moore wrote on Instagram after bumping into her ex-boyfriend, whom she dated from 2000 to 2002. "Congrats on @ncis.cbs, @wilmervalderrama! Can't wait to watch you this Fall!!"
KATY PERRY & RUSSELL BRAND
"He hasn't spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce," Perry said in 2015, recalling the text the pop star received in 2011.
GIGI HADID & JOE JONAS
The state of Jonas and Hadid's post-split dynamic — after five months of dating — was revealed during Watch What Happens Live's "Plead the Fifth" segment in 2016. "I'll marry Demi [Lovato]. She's a friend," Jonas said about the fellow former Disney Channel child star. "This is a game, right? Shag Taylor [Swift]. Kill Gigi [Hadid]," he concluded.
NINA DOBREV & IAN SOMERHALDER
The Vampire Diaries costars and exes remain amicable following their 2013 split — with Dobrev most recently going to dinner with Somerhalder and his wife, Nikki Reed, in honor of TVD's series finale. "Can't believe how time flies. Farewell dinner with team Somereed!" Dobrev wrote, captioning a group selfie. "So good catching up with these goofballs. All [love]."