Just because things don’t work out romantically between you and someone (who used to be) special doesn’t mean you have to throw out the potential for any kind of relationship. As hard as it may be to look your former flame in the eyes right after a break-up, it’s possible that you two may find a way to work it out so that you can eventually be *gasp* actual friends. Here are some of the best celebrity ex-couple examples that’ll make you want to be besties with your old S.O.s:
Joe Jonas & Demi Lovato
Back in the day, it seemed like "Heart Attack" singer was spiraling out of control due to the demise of her relationship with her Camp Rock co-star. But it looks like things are better than ever between the two now that they're just friends. They even went on a double date with their current partners!
Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder
Unlike the nearly palpable tension between Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush on One Tree Hill after they called it quits, the couple formerly known as Nian's totally profesh on the set of The Vampire Diaries, Season 5. Things continue to be as hot as ever between their characters, plus he still sends her compliments on Instagram, and Nina even supported Ian through the birth of his "grandchildren."
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Jamie Campbell Bower & Lily Collins
The Mortal Instruments co-stars reportedly split just before the release of their summer film. Nevertheless, they continued to promote TMI, side-by-side, and have both agreed to shoot the sequel, playing each other's love interests. Might seem awk to others, but we think the chemistry will live on for Clary and Jace.
Cameron Diaz & Justin Timberlake
Cam & JT broke up in 2007 after dating for nearly four years. But clearly things ended amicably as they both starred in Bad Teacher together in 2007 and were all joke-y on the red carpet. Yup, definitely one of the best former couples ever.
Jennifer Lawrence & Nicholas Hoult
Okay, so supposedly the two reunited during the filming of X-Men: Days of Future Past (which we're SO happy about, BTW). But while they were apart, he still continued to sing his ex's praises to the media, congratulating her on her Oscar win.
Lea Michele & Theo Stockman
The Glee star has had a devastating year what with the passing of her love, Cory Monteith. Since then, her ex, Theo, has been reaching out to her, and she's been spotted leaning on him for support. That's true love of a different sort. What a guy.
Penn Badgley & Blake Lively
The two happily moved on -- Penn with Zoe Kravitz; Blake with Ryan Reynolds -- but remained friends for the sake of Gossip Girl. Their characters even tied the knot by the series finale!
Vanessa Hudgens & Josh Hutcherson
Despite the lack of a romantic connection between the Journey 2: The Mysterious Island co-stars in real life, they're totally cool with hanging out in the same crew.