8 Hot Celebs Who Have Bounced Back From Bad Break-Ups Stronger Than Ever

katy perry, russell brandBreak-ups are the worst. There is no doubt about that. But even in the suffering, there are ways to find silver linings, especially when you are famous.

For many women that means finding someone new. But the only way to really bounce back is to truly do something for yourself. This is something Hollywood is very familiar with. For stars like Katy Perry or Selena Gomez, it could mean a hit album or a starring role in an upcoming Emmy-nod worthy film. (In the wise words of a formerly single Kelly Clarkson, "Does it suck to see my face everywhere?") 

We have to give these women the bounce-back props they deserve. Here are eight big stars who came back from break ups bigger and badder than ever. See below:

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  • Katy Perry


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    Katy Perry is SO much better AFTER split from Brit comedian/actor Russell Brand. Since then, Katy has been on top with her new album Prism, and her empowering and inspiring single, "Roar," has been taking over the music world. Oh, and also? She has a much hotter boyfriend now. Hello, John Mayer. But that's just a side-note.

  • Selena Gomez


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    Justin who? With all of Selena's success lately, it's hard to even remember that the two young stars were dating. With her new album and new catchy single "Slow Down," our girl is maintaining Disney's good rep (Sorry, Miley) and living her life on her own with nothing holding her back.

  • Sandra Bullock


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    Nothing can hold Sandra down, not even Gravity! On the cover of Vogue in October, she spoke about her 2010 split from Jesse James: "I am exactly where I want to be now. You can't go backward. I'm not going backward. I'm grateful that I'm here, blessed to have what I have. Nobody can be prepared for anything," reported US Magazine. Preach it, Sandy!

  • Bethenny Frankel


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    Regardless of whether you're in the Bethenny Frankel fan club or not, we've got to hand it to her, she's striving for post-divorce success. Split from ex-husband Jason Hoppy in in December of 2012, the SkinnyGirl started her new project, a talk show this past September. Everyday she's "calling all her girls," to band together with her main motif of being single and satisfied. Can't argue with that!

  • Katie Holmes


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    After she filed for divorce from Tom Cruise in 2012, Katie kept a low profile for a bit, but now she's back in action! Currently in South Africa filming The Giver, everyone's favorite Dawson's Creek star is happy and doing what she loves, with fashion-icon-in-the-making daughter, Suri by her side, of course!

  • Britney Spears


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    "You better Work B*tch," has become everyone's motto these days thanks to Brit. After her mutual breakup with fiance Jason Trawick, along with her other nuptials-filled past (I'm not giving K-Fed anymore recognition), Britney is back on track with her Las Vegas residency, her new album, "Britney Jean" and her 'Baby One More Time' body. Looks like that 'work' is worth it!  

  • Jennifer Lopez


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    Even though it seemed J.Lo and Marc Anthony were destined to be together by Latin pop music gods, their marriage ended in divorce in 2011. Since then Jen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is married to former choreographer Casper Smart. She was looking hot on the cover of October's Cosmo and is making an 'Idol' comeback for the show's 13th season. Go girl!

  • Christina Aguilera


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    X-tina is back and looking better than ever! After her 2010 divorce from music executive Jordan Bratman, our favorite Genie is a force to be reckoned with as judge on NBC's The Voice, especially with her opening performances! She's currently crushing on boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, who she's ready to marry, like tomorrow. 

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