The Celeb Guide to Handling an Unexpected Run-in with Your Ex

These stars have experienced their fair share of chance encounters with former lovers

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WHEN IT HAPPENS AT A GROCERY STORE ...

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Laugh it off and pose for pics! Days after Amabile was sent home during the premiere of Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette, the Chicago grocery store owner got a second chance to make a good impression on the reality star when the pair ran into each other in his hometown.

"Look who I found @bkoof and watermelon swim trunks," the fan-favorite contestant wrote on social media alongside a picture of the pair smiling together at Bloomingdale’s.

02 of 11

WHEN IT HAPPENS AT A FILM PREMIERE ...

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Pay only the highest of compliments! Jenny Slate has a lot of love for her ex and Gifted costar Chris Evans — and she was sure to show it at their film's premiere. "We all love each other so much, and it's a real real love," Slate told PEOPLE of working with her Gifted costars. "I mean, I have gone on and on about how beautiful Chris is. He is, inside and out."

03 of 11

WHEN IT HAPPENS AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES ...

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Cheer them on! Andrew Garfield gave a standing ovation when ex-girlfriend Emma Stone accepted her first Golden Globe Award for her performance in La La Land. "I'm her biggest fan as an artist. I'm constantly inspired by her work. I'm constantly inspired by how she handles and holds herself," Garfield said on Vanity Fair's Little Gold Men podcast. "So, for me it's been bliss to be able to watch her success and watch her bloom into the actress she is."

04 of 11

WHEN IT HAPPENS WHILE YOU'RE ACCEPTING A BIG AWARD ...

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Avoid eye contact! Do as Laura Dern did at the 2017 Golden Globes and totally ignore your ex-fiancé when he wins his category and has to walk past you to accept his award. Dern and Billy Bob Thornton, who dated in the late '90s, ignored each other the entire time.

05 of 11

WHEN IT HAPPENS ON CAMERA …

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Keep on strutting! Bella Hadid and The Weeknd may have split in November 2016 after a year-and-a-half of dating, but the "Starboy" crooner only had eyes for the model during his performance at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The former (and possibly rekindled!) couple exchanged smiles before Hadid continued her walk down the glittery runway.

06 of 11

WHEN IT HAPPENS AT WORK …

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Take a selfie! When exes Mandy Moore and Wilmer Valderrama ran into each other at the Paramount Studios lot — where they're filming This Is Us and NCIS, respectively — the pair, who dated from 2000 to 2002, documented the surprise encounter with selfies and sweet accompanying captions. "Sometimes you get to work on the same lot as your friends and you can run over, catch up and watch them continue to be a bad-ass (in real life and on TV)," gushed Moore, whose sentiments were echoed by Valderrama in his own post. "Love this guy. Friends for over 16 years. Congrats on @ncis.cbs, @wilmervalderrama! Can't wait to watch you this Fall!!"

07 of 11

WHEN IT HAPPENS AT A FILM FESTIVAL …

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Ignore each other? After ending their two-year relationship in 2015 and awkwardly re-shooting scenes for their film six weeks after their split, exes Charlize Theron and Sean Penn reunited at Cannes — where sources say the former couple avoided one another while promoting The Last Face. "There was no contact between them," a source told PEOPLE at the time. "Not a thing. Really, like they'd never met."

08 of 11

WHEN IT HAPPENS BACKSTAGE …

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Hug it out! Backstage at the CMT Awards in 2013, Nicole Kidman and Lenny Kravitz — who dated a decade earlier following the actress's split from Tom Cruise — bumped into each other and posed for pics together. The rocker and Kidman's husband Keith Urban even embraced.

09 of 11

WHEN IT HAPPENS ON AN AIRPLANE …

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Share the moment on Snapchat! One month after their breakup in June 2015, Gigi Hadid and ex-boyfriend Cody Simpson had to sit next to each other on an international flight. But the former lovebirds faced the moment with a sense of humor — with Simpson even snapping a selfie of the stars looking uncomfortable.

10 of 11

WHEN YOUR EX IS WITH HIS CURRENT PARTNER …

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Hug her like you mean it! Though they ended their eight-year relationship in 2003, Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen remain on the best of terms. In fact, Beckinsale greeted Sheen with a kiss at a Directors Guild of America event in May 2016, and even gave a warm hug to his then-girlfriend Sarah Silverman. "I love her. I love her. I love her," the British actress told E!. "I am so glad Michael found her so I don't have to spend the rest of my life looking for her!"

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WHEN IT HAPPENS WHILE YOUR EX IS RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE …

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Get excited! After more than two years together, from spring 2002 to late 2005, Kate Bosworth and Orlando Bloom are still on good terms. The pair reunited during a July 11 chance encounter when the actor passed his ex-girlfriend on his motorcycle. The two embraced and chatted for a bit before going their separate ways.

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