No Hard Feelings! Hollywood's Friendliest Celeb Exes
If you think breaking up is hard to do, take some notes from Rachel Leigh Cook & Daniel Gilles, Bruce Willis & Demi Moore and these other celeb couples
Rachael & Daniel
“It was really hard when Daniel and I decided to separate because of the massive implications that come with that and the upheaval,” the She's All That actress told Entertainment Tonight. “But honestly, we’re really good.”
She continued, “We’re friends now. We talk about things that we never talked about before because we have this new relationship.”
Cook even said Gillies will “tell me about dates that he goes on and funny things that might have happened and we genuinely laugh about it.”
The pair — who married in August 2004 and share two children, daughter Charlotte, 6, and son Theodore, 5 — are also doing just fine when it comes to co-parenting. Cook explains, “I don’t find that part any more difficult than when we were parenting-parenting.”
“I don’t know,” she added. “Divorce needs a new publicist. It’s not that bad.”
Tarek & Christina
Not many exes could break up and then continue working together, but somehow Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead make it happen.
The HGTV stars split publicly in December 2016 and finalized their divorce in January 2018, and have both entered new relationships since while continuing to film Flip or Flop together. They both also have solo shows on the network.
Anstead told PEOPLE Now that, following El Moussa's engagement to Heather Rae Young, the pair are in a "good spot."
"Our priorities have always been the kids, and will always continue to be, and that’s just what makes things go the smoothest," she said. Christina and Tarek share son Brayden, 4, and daughter Taylor, 9.
Drew & Justin
Comments by Celebs caught the couple commenting back and forth on Paper magazine‘s Instagram page.
The outlet posted a series of photos of the actor, writing alongside them, “Might get fired for this but. F—k it. Justin Long appreciation post."
Barrymore commented on the post, writing, “Your [sic] not wrong! He’s great." The pair dated for three years, from 2007 to 2010.
For his part, Long jokingly responded, “ah what do YOU know?!" He added, "I feel like I’m on an episode of This is Your Life #HipMillenialReference texting you a great photo booth pic I just found during my quarantine clean! 😌🐶"
Barrymore and Long have reportedly stayed friendly through the years and were most recently seen together at the Lowell Hotel in New York City in September 2018.
Adam & Rachel
Another long-split couple taking advantage of the coronavirus quarantine to express their appreciation for one another? The former O.C. costars, who ended things in 2006.
On InStyle's Instagram roundup of "Breakups that Broke Us," Bilson jokingly apologized for bringing an end to one of America's favorite couples. "“IM SORRY!!!!,” the actress wrote of her ex, now married to Leighton Meester, and added, “He fared really well! 💗”
ANNA & CHRIS
Pratt and Faris hit the streets on Halloween night to trick-or-treat around their neighborhood in Los Angeles with 5-year-old Jack, a source told PEOPLE.
The exes also brought along their new partners to join in on the family fun, with Pratt sticking close to then-girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger and Faris seen holding hands with her cinematographer boyfriend Michael Barrett.
JENNIFER & DIDDY
Showing that there are no hard feelings, Diddy and Lopez’s current flame Alex Rodriguez clasped hands and appeared to chat as Lopez beamed.
SARAH & JIMMY
The comedians — who had two romantic stints between 2002 and 2009 — are so friendly that when Silverman appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in September 2018, she opened up about her relationship with ex Michael Sheel and ribbed Kimmel for marrying now-wife Molly McNearney.
The actress joked, “It’s not fair! She gets like new, woke Jimmy. I had manshow Jimmy.”
BUSY & COLIN
Busy Philipps poked fun at her ex boyfriend Colin Hanks by tagging him in a tweet from InStyle about an alleged scientific study that shows exes who want to be friends might be hiding something.
The pair dated back when they both were students at Loyola Marymount University in the ’90s and have since become good friends.
"We are very very close friends now — his wife and I are tight, he and my husband hang out. We go on vacation together," Philipps revealed while guest-hosting Live with Kelly back in 2017.
"If your ex wants to be friends with you, science says they might be a psychopath," the tweet from InStyle read. Philipps added three shrug emojis.
LENA & JACK
Despite calling it quits in January 2018 after five years of dating, Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff have remained amicable. In fact, the former couple are still best friends. Less than one week after wishing Antonoff a happy Father’s Day, the Girls director, writer and star shared a selfie of the pair on Instagram. In the photo, Dunham leans against Antonoff’s shoulder, while the Bleachers frontman flashes a big grin. "Best friends 4ever," she wrote alongside the image.
JENNIFER & DARREN
The former couple split in the fall of 2017 after over a year of dating, but they were all smiles posing together at the BAM Gala in New York City in May 2018. The reunion didn’t stop there: according to E! News, Lawrence introduced Aronofsky, an honoree of the night. "I am thrilled to be here tonight to present this honor to my very good friend, Darren Aronofsky," she said.
Lawrence and Aronofsky made their public debut for the Venice Film Festival photocall of their film mother! The pair began dating in September 2016 shortly after the movie’s production and their relationship blossomed despite their 22-year age difference.
KENDRA & HANK
Nearly two months after filing for divorce from Hank Baskett, Kendra Wilkinson documented a trip to Las Vegas, where the exes cheered on their son Hank IV as he participated in a series of ice hockey games.
Although Baskett is only present in one of the videos, Wilkinson took a moment to praise the “proud papa” for supporting his son.
MELANIE & ANTONIO
While the couple ended their marriage of nearly two decades in December 2015, they've made it clear over social media from sharing sweet birthday posts and spending quality time together with their daughter Stella that there's no bad blood. Griffith recently shared a photo to Instagram of her ex and their daughter, captioning the sweet shot, "Father daughter forever ❤️#familydinner."
TIGER & ELIN
In the years since the pro-golfer's cheating scandal broke, he and ex-wife Elin Nordegren have rebuilt their friendship. A source told PEOPLE, “he talks about her in glowing terms. They’re closer now than they were when they were married. The kids love them both.”
In 2014, Nordegren opened up to PEOPLE about co-parenting in the aftermath of their split, saying, “I have moved on and I am in a good place. My relationship with Tiger is centered around our children and we are doing really good — we really are — and I am so happy that is the case. He is a great father.”
Woods echoed the sentiment in a candid interview with TIME in 2015. “She’s one of my best friends,” he said. “We’re able to pick up the phone, and we talk to each other all the time. We both know that the most important things in our lives are our kids. I wish I would have known that back then.”
TOBEY & JENNIFER
More than one year after announcing their plans to separate, Maguire came out to support estranged wife Meyer at the launch of her new jewelry line with Jenna Dewan in December 2017. The Spider-Man star and the jewelry designer posed for pictures at the Dec. 7 charity event in Los Angeles and haven’t yet filed for divorce — but that doesn’t mean they’re calling off the split. “Their relationship is much better,” a source told PEOPLE, “but they’re definitely not reconciling.”
In March 2018, the pair reunited at N.Y.C.'s Whitney Museum, where they recreated the man and woman in the "American Gothic" painting.
FERGIE & JOSH
Despite publicly announcing their split, Fergie isn't cutting ex Josh Duhamel from her life. In a series of Instagram snapshots, the hitmaker posted photos of the pair donning Halloween costumes in honor of the holiday, in October 2017. “I love Josh, he’s the father of my child … You’re making me cry,” Fergie recently told host Wendy Williams. “We forever have that project together and we’re doing the best we can.”
TAYLOR & LADY GAGA
Though the couple ended their relationship in July 2016 after five years together, things seem to be on good terms between Kinney and the Mother Monster. In fact, months later, the actor was spotted at Gaga's Chicago concert, where he posed for photos with fans before watching the pop star headline Wrigley Field.
HEIDI & SEAL
From co-parenting to co-working, friendly exes Heidi Klum and Seal just proved they can do it all together. The two were all smiles as they posed side by side on the America’s Got Talent red carpet and reunited at the judge’s table alongside Simon Cowell, Mel B and Howie Mandel during the final round of Judge Cuts.
RYAN & JULIANNE
Ryan Seacrest has nothing but well wishes for his just-married ex Julianne Hough. While discussing the Dancing with the Stars judge's July 2017 wedding to NHL player Brooks Laich on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Seacrest noted that Hough looked "stunning" in her custom Marchesa gown for the ceremony.
"I know this family," Seacrest continued. "They are terrific people … how super talented she is. So congratulations, Julianne."
JENNIE & PETER
Though they’ve been divorced since 2013, Garth and Facinelli were nothing but smiles while on vacation together in March 2017, visiting the Dreams Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort in Cancún, Mexico, with two of their three daughters and their respective significant others, Garth's husband Dave Abrams and Facinelli's girlfriend Lily Anne Harrison.
MARIAH & NICK
Throughout their 2014 separation and ultimate divorce, Carey and Cannon remained committed to their kids — and have continued to do so, regularly reuniting for holidays and posting the smiling proof to Instagram. Most recently, they hit the 2017 Kids' Choice Awards together, walking the carpet and sitting inside with twins Monroe and Moroccan.
AMBER & WIZ
You can't say Kanye West doesn't bring people together! Amber Rose stepped out in New York City to support Wiz Khalifa, her ex and the father of her son, Sebastian, at a February 2016 istening event for his new album. They shared a kiss on a pre-Grammys red carpet in 2017, setting the Internet ablaze, but Rose later set the record straight: “Wiz and I are family and we will be family for the rest of our lives for Sebastian,” she wrote on Instagram. “We’ve been through hell and back so a kiss on the lips for a photo and a night out of fun is not a big deal for either of us, we are in a great place but we are very much still divorced and not together.”
JENNIFER & MARC
The show went on for Lopez and Anthony – literally. After deciding to end their seven-year marriage in 2011, the parents of twins filmed Q'Viva! The Chosen, the couple's joint Latin American reality show that aired from January to April 2012. Their relationship is "very Sonny and Cher," Lopez joked in the premiere episode. Even when the show ended, the exes reunited again that year to duet on Lopez's Dance Again world tour, in which they sang their 1999 song "No Me Ames" (translation: do not love me). At the 2016 Latin Grammys, the two dueted again, and she presented him with the Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year award — then presented him with a kiss, after the crowd asked for one!
LENNY & NICOLE
There's nothing but love between Kravitz and Kidman, who bumped into each other backstage at the CMT Awards in June 2013 – a decade after they dated following her split from ex-husband Tom Cruise. It gets better: The rocker even shared a man-hug with Kidman's current husband Keith Urban before the three posed for a group shot. In February 2017, Kidman revealed she and Kravitz had actually been engaged — but called things off when both realized they "weren't ready."
MANDY & WILMER
After running into each other at the Paramount Studios lot in L.A., Mandy Moore and Wilmer Valderrama – who dated from 2000 to 2002 – just had to document their impromptu July 2016 meeting with a sweet selfie and even sweeter 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!!"
NAOMI & LIEV
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber announced their split in September 2016 after 11 years and two sons together. "Over the past few months we've come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple," the actors told PEOPLE in a joint statement. "It is with great love, respect, and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship." Just over a week after announcing the breakup, Watts wished her ex a happy 49th birthday on Instagram. "Happy birthday to this one!!" she captioned a photo of Schreiber with their kids. Six days earlier on Watts' Sept. 28 birthday, Schreiber left a sweet comment on a baby photo she Instagrammed, writing "Happy birthday Sweetheart." No hard feelings were present a few weeks later in October, when the pair were spotted hanging out outside of Watts' New York apartment.
BEN & JENNIFER
Affleck and Garner split in 2015 after 10 years of marriage. Despite the decision to separate, the former couple continues to come together for kids Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. The family spent Thanksgiving and Christmas together in 2015, and vacationed at a ski resort in Montana over Valentine's Day weekend 2016. Last March, Affleck discussed his still-amicable relationship with Garner during an appearance on Ellen. "We're good friends and we're doing our best, and our kids are fabulous and we're working our best for them," he said. "And what else are you gonna do?"
GWYNETH & CHRIS
They may have "consciously uncoupled," but Paltrow and Martin still stick together when it comes to family matters. The exes reunited in New York City for a festive pre-Thanksgiving 2015 dinner with their two children, Apple and Moses, where all four appeared "super happy" and "chummy." Friendly relations between the two are nothing new, though: Just days after announcing their separation, the couple headed to the Bahamas together (along with the kids), and have continued to meet up for family dinners. Paltrow even called Martin in a speech, appeared on his band Coldplay's new album and took Apple and Moses to see to see Coldplay play in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they stayed in the same hotel as Martin. Perhaps there's something to it after all.
KATE & MICHAEL
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 the Directors Guild of America event in May 2016 and even gave a warm hug to his current girlfriend Sarah Silverman. "I love her. I love her. I love her," the British actress told E! Online. "I am so glad Michael found her so I don't have to spend the rest of my life looking for her!" More recently, Sheen and Beckinsale came together to re-create an adorable throwback photo of themselves at their now-teen daughter Lily's birth.
HEATHER & TOMMY
Who says you still need to be married to celebrate an anniversary? Twenty-three years after their divorce, Locklear celebrated her would-be 30th anniversary with the Mötley Crüe rocker on Instagram. "Happy 30 years baby," she captioned a racy photo of a gloriously '80s lip-lock with Lee. The actress also shared a throwback pic from their wedding ceremony. Lee and Locklear split in 1993 after seven years of marriage. Both stars remarried – and subsequently divorced – other people after their time together.
LISA & LENNY
Good vibes all around! The actress and her ex-husband were in great spirits as they walked the red carpet together at a 2016 Saint Laurent fashion show in L.A., meeting up with daughter Zoë Kravitz inside the event. The pair – who split up in 1993 after a seven-year marriage – also sat front row at the show, proving once again that it is totally possible to remain friendly with an ex.
MELANIE & DON
They split for good in 1996, but their daughter Dakota will always bring Griffith and Johnson together. The couple reunited at the February 2016 N.Y.C. premiere of Dakota's film How to be Single, and gave it rave reviews. "@donjohnson and @dakotajohnson at her premier of How to be Single.... She's amazing!" Griffith captioned a photo of the father-daughter duo on Instagram. "The movie is so funny, you laugh, you cry! Don is a #veryprouddaddy and I am a very #proudmama."
MADONNA & SEAN
Though they divorced in 1989, the Queen of Pop and the Oscar winner have remained very close in the years since – in fact, the pair even arrived at Penn's 2016 Help Haiti Home charity gala hand-in-hand. Later in the evening, Madonna gushed about her ex-husband, saying, "I want to say Sean, I love you, from the moment that I laid eyes on you. I just wish you'd stop smoking cigarettes."
BILLY & CHRISTIE
They divorced more than 20 years ago, but Joel and Brinkley still act like old friends! The supermodel attended one of Joel's concerts at Madison Square Garden in December 2015 alongside her children, Jack and Sailor Brinkley-Cook. Despite the fact that Brinkley wore a T-shirt supporting her then-beau, John Mellencamp, to the show, a source told PEOPLE that her ex (who is remarried with a young child) wishes her nothing but joy: "Billy is very happy for them."
AVRIL & CHAD
Just because your relationship has come to an end doesn't mean you can't still make beautiful music together – just ask Lavigne and Kroeger. Despite announcing their separation in September in 2015, the pair hit the studio together just a month later to collaborate on new music, and kept it amicable that December when they were spotted leaving a Los Angeles hotel.