Celebrity relationships are weird. Unless you’re a rare celebrity who decides to date outside of the realm of Hollywood or Bollywood, you have a relatively small selection of famous people to choose from. If you actually find another celebrity to date, that’s great, but if you break up — what do you do?
They’re likely to run into each other more than once, so staying friends is a surefire way to keep things from getting awkward. Staying on good terms with an ex can be one of life’s hardest challenges to master. But it certainly can happen, even in a wild and crazy place like Hollywood and Bollywood.
Here are 12 celebrity couples who prove that ex-partners can indeed remain great friends:
Aamir Khan and Reena Dutta
Back when he was a newcomer, Aamir Khan wed Reena Dutta, the mother of his older two children, in 1986 and had a wonderful marriage that lasted till 2002. And though he subsequently got involved with Kiran Rao, never for once did he let that strain his equation with Reena. Till date, Reena is spotted at Aamir’s home for family functions and the two remain great friends. In fact, Reena is known to get along with Aamir’s second wife Kiran too!
Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan
From meeting on the sets of that infamous coffee commercial to dating, marrying and having a child, Arbaaz & Malaika were together for over two decades, including their marriage of 18 years. In fact, it was quite a shocker when news of their separation first came out. However, shattering all possible stereotypes, the two have not just stayed friends but have time and again spoken highly of each other.
Dimple Kapadia and Rajesh Khanna
No wonder that the celebrity couple Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia’s romance and love life is a legend. But, they had their ups and downs, due to which their marriage could not survive for more than 10 years. In 1982, the couple separated, but they never got legally divorced. Dimple was right beside the legendary actor in his last days, before he passed away in 2012.
Adhuna Bhabani and Farhan Akhtar
Farhan and Adhuna called it off after 15 years of being together. The couple released a joint statement announcing their separation. Although it caught everyone by surprise, the couple have maintained a solid friendship since the divorce and have moved on to dating other people, too!
For the unversed, Farhan is dating Shibani Dandekar. Adhuna, on the other hand, has found love in Dino Morea’s brother Nicolo.
Suzzanne Khan and Hrithik Roshan
One of Bollywood’s most-loved couples broke many hearts when they decided to part ways after a marriage of 14 years. But what’s heartening is to see Hrithik & Suzanne’s undying friendship, even amidst multiple rumours about their personal lives. They holiday together and are often spotted at lunches and while watching movies. In fact, Hrithik is also on excellent terms with Suzanne’s family and their bond is growing stronger with every passing year.
Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranveer Shorey
One of the prime examples of changing stereotypes around marriage, Ranvir & Konkona have been friends long after their divorce in 2015 and continue to successfully co-parent their son, Haroon. In fact, they’ve even worked together when Konkona directed Ranvir for her first film, A Death In The Gunj , last year. They’re also a wonderful example of male-female equality in a relationship. Staying at home to take care of his son when Konkona was out working, Ranvir beautifully shatters many societal stereotypes.
Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan
After being married for 13 years, Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s divorce came as a shocker. It’s a good thing that the two were mature enough to remain friends, especially considering they have two children. Saif’s girlfriend Kareena encourages their friendship too and respects the fact that Amrita will always have a place of importance in Saif’s life.
Gwyeneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
The actress and the rock star are famous for calling their divorce a “conscious uncoupling,” and they remain close. In a recent profile of Paltrow in the New York Times, Martin was present at a dinner with not only Paltrow and the former couple’s two kids, but also her new fiancé. Hmm…maybe that whole “consciously uncoupling” thing wasn’t so ridiculous after all.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe may have been young when they got married, but they’ve handled life after divorce maturely. This 1990s golden couple still gets together, especially with their kids in tow.
Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom and Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr have remained on friendly terms since their 2013 split, all for the sake of their son, Flynn. While it’s not uncommon for divorced couples to co-parent if they have a child together, Bloom and Kerr took it one step further — by becoming neighbors. The exes bought homes in the same Los Angeles neighborhood, so their son could continue growing up with both parents equally in his life.
Caitlin Jenner and Kris Jenner
Despite the drama surrounding their split after 22 years of marriage and Caitlyn’s shocking gender transition, this reality TV couple have put on a united front for the good of their family.
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton may have had one of the weirdest marriages ever to hit the Hollywood scene, but their post-divorce relationship has been shockingly normal—even enviable. Although Thornton did admit that the period while they were married was a “crazy time” for him, Jolie did pen a three-page forward to Thornton’s 2012 memoir, The Billy Bob Tapes. In it, she describes Thornton as having “an unmatchable wit” and that he “can make you laugh until your face hurts.”