The trend of Hollywood breakups has admittedly left us all feeling a little bit like true love is dead. We've got nothing to help with that burn. But, as it turns out, true friendship might actually be a thing.
These celebrities may never, ever be getting back together, but that doesn't mean they didn't remain close friends long after ending their relationships. We all know breakups can be messy and hurtful, which means finding friendship on the other side is a pretty impressive feat worth celebrating — and some celebs make it look so easy.
Some stay in touch for the sake of their kids, but most have recognized a deep respect for one another that remains even after the flame fizzles on their love. (We're looking at you, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, for starting the consciously uncoupling trend.)
As these celebs prove, sometimes being friends works out much better than being lovers ever could.
A version of this article was originally published in December 2017.