Dealing with a split is excruciating, but it’s even more unbearable when you’re trying to cope with a divorce when you’re in the public eye.
You’ve got photographers everywhere, trying to goad you into saying something nasty about your ex and their new significant other. Yet somehow these celebrity exes have managed to take the high road and maintain civil relationships post-split.
Teach us your ways!
Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger
When the two Canadian crooners got together, everyone thought it was a match made in earworm heaven. You love to hate their songs, and they’ll laugh all the way to the bank. But, sadly, after two years the couple announced that they were separating. Despite their split, Lavigne continues to support her ex, appearing at a Canadian award show in support of the Nickleback frontman. When asked about it, she said, We started working together in the studio, and we do still work together, and we’ve maintained our friendship like we love each other deeply. And that’s something we want to keep, and that’s important to us.”
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Despite their split, Affleck and Garner make it a point to co-parent amicably, even going on vacations together so that their three children can enjoy time with both parents at once. Garner has dubbed them “a modern family” and calls Affleck “a great friend.”
Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom
Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom have made it a point to remain close despite their divorce. They even live within minutes of each other so they can easily co-parent their son Flynn. Bloom posted a sweet tribute to his ex on her birthday, proving that it is possible to break up and maintain a positive relationship with your ex.
J. Lo and Marc Anthony
The exes have maintained a strong relationship after their divorce. They’re currently working together alongside Lopez’s current boyfriend, former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, to raise money for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis
You might call Demi Moore and Bruce Willis the founders of the “modern family” approach to friendship after divorce. Willis was regularly seen at events alongside Moore and her then-husband Ashton Kutcher as they supported their three girls.
We give these celebs lots of credit for maintaining a healthy relationship with their exes!
Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.