15 Former Celeb Couples Who Are #DivorceGoals

Kelly Bryant | Aug 30, 2017 Celebrities
15 Former Celeb Couples Who Are #DivorceGoals
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Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber at a Golden Globes party
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Hollywood may portray happily ever after on-screen, but that doesn't mean celebrities' romances play out quite as simply off-camera. The entertainment industry as a whole is notorious for a "turn 'em and burn 'em" approach to relationships, with even some of the most beloved couples calling it quits. But not all divorce has to be ugly. 

Believe it or not, famous couples who parted amicably -- and remain friendly -- exist. Sure, some are forced to continually extend an olive branch for the sake of their shared children, but others still show a true and loving appreciation for one another and the time they spent together. 

Still skeptical? Take a look at these A-listers who are #divorcegoals. 

  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin


    Whether you loved or hated their divorce announcement's use of the oft-mocked term "conscious uncoupling," Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have remained downright chill with one another ever since. The actress posted this sweet snap on Father's Day to wish her ex a happy one, and they're regularly photographed sharing time together with their two kids.

  • Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes

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    Despite the fact that their marriage dissolved in 2010, Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes keep things in check, even running errands together with their son Jo and Kate's two other children (from previous relationships). "There's no way that I'm going to allow my children to be f***ed up, because my marriages haven't worked out," the actress told Harper's Bazaar in a candid interview.

  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Dany Garcia

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    Dwayne Johnson and his ex-wife Dany Garcia are so #divorcegoals, they continue to stay close -- and not just for the sake of their daughter. Dany is the actor's manager, and they even produce projects together, like the HBO series Ballers and last summer's Baywatch. Now that's a former couple really making it work.

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  • Demi Moore and Bruce Willis

    Demi Moore and Bruce Willis on red carpet with daughters
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    The world was pretty shocked when Demi Moore and Bruce Willis's 13-year marriage ended in 2000. Fortunately, the pair proved that their bond couldn't be completely broken, frequently supporting each other's projects and movie premieres. In fact, even when Demi married Ashton Kutcher, Bruce embraced her third hubby with open arms. The couple appears to always have each other's back and care deeply for how their split affected their three daughters.

  • Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson

    Kate Hudson and ex-husband Chris Robinson on red carpet
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    Kate Hudson and Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson announced their separation in 2007, after seven years of marriage. But the actress told Daily Mail that the split was one they both saw coming. "Chris and I had no animosity," says Kate. "Chris and I divorced for the right reasons -- we just didn't work. But we remain extremely close." The couple is currently revisiting the custody agreement over their 13-year-old son Ryder, but according to court documents, they're playing it fair and square and in the best interests of the teen.

  • Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson

    Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson taking a walk in Los Angeles
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    Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson were high school sweethearts, but after 21 years of marriage, they mutually decided to split. Two years later, Peter told Fran that he is gay. Still best friends and producing partners to this day, the Nanny star told People, "Our love is all-enduring and unconditional. All those years weren't for nothing." So sweet.

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  • Jack White and Karen Elson

    Jack White and ex-wife Karen Elson at the Met Gala
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    When Jack White and Karen Elson decided to end their six-year marriage, they decided to throw a divorce party. Or, as Karen called it in Harper's Bazaar UK, an "upcoming divorce with a positive swing bang humdinger." The exes share two children and remain positive about the time they spent together. "I think we both have a healthy amount of respect for each other and that guides everything. But it's not without its hard work," says the model. "I've got friends who have been through terrible divorces. It's awful. I'm not saying it isn't. There were times when Jack and I felt, 'What is happening here?' It was emotional. But it's one of those moments in your life when you realize that you are a grown-up."

  • Courteney Cox and David Arquette

    Courteney Cox and David Arquette leaving dinner
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    Sometimes, couples really are better off as just friends. At least that appears to be the case for Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who still share a strong bond despite their divorce. "We just really dealt with it in a very sweet and honorable way," the actor said on Watch What Happens Live. "I don't know. We just love each other. Even though the relationship didn't work out, we wanted to still remain friends and treat each other with respect and have a great relationship for our daughter."

  • Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

    Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony on red carpet
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    Jennifer Lopez is notorious for her high-profile romances, but it should be mentioned that she does her best to keep things friendly after the love fades. Her 2011 split from Marc Anthony was devastating for the triple threat talent, but she still holds the singer in high regard. "Marc and I are very good friends, we're very supportive,' she told HuffPost Live. "I feel it's my responsibility as a mom when their dad is not there to let them know that their dad loves them very much because that's the doubt that they have when he's not around or they haven't seen him. That's my job to do that the same way it's his job when he's with them to say 'Mommy is working and she loves you.'"

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  • Rick Fox and Vanessa Williams


    Vanessa Williams and Rick Fox were married five years before quietly separating, then divorcing, in 2005. But the two seem to be extremely fond of one another, occasionally posting throwback snaps of their blended family on Instagram. Rick even appeared on two episodes of Ugly Betty alongside his ex, playing the role of her character's bodyguard. You don't willingly invite your former husband onto your hit TV show unless you've reached some sort of amicable agreement. 

  • Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe

    Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe at the Oscars
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    Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe were easily one of the cutest couples in Hollywood during the early aughts, so their split in 2008 was heartbreaking to both them and their fans. Fortunately, the former pair, who share daughter Ava and son Deacon, are still on good terms. They're often spotted together cheering on their kiddos during youth sports and make co-parenting a major priority. Reese and Ryan have even taken the kids to some of the spots where they first met. "We got to meet up as a family and took a walk through Central Park with the kids," the actor told HuffPost Live. "It was funny -- we were reminiscing then because we shot a lot of Cruel Intentions (there), so there we were with Ava and Deacon talking, and they were tripping out on the fact that we were there shooting a movie before they were even a thought in our minds."

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  • Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie

    Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie at March of Dimes event
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    After nearly six years of marriage, Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie called it quits, citing irreconcilable differences. "It wasn't working well enough to stay together, but there was still a lot of love involved," said Hilary in an interview with Cosmopolitan. "It was just a slow set-in of us not being the match that we used to be. I'm lucky for the person he is and I am and how we decided to handle this." The former couple can still be spotted hanging out together while co-parenting son Luca. 

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  • Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts

    Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts on Golden Globes party red carpet
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    Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber always seemed to lead a "normal" family life despite their Hollywood fame, flying under the radar instead of attracting a ton of paparazzi. The couple split in September 2016. "Over the past few months, we've come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple," they said in a joint statement. "It is with great love, respect, and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship." Since then, Naomi and Liev continue to share in life's little moments with their kids together, and offer up sweet messages to one another on social media.

  • Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet

    Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet with daughter Zoe Kravitz on red carpet
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    Lisa Bonet was just 20 years old when she eloped with a 23-year-old Lenny Kravitz. Their marriage ended several years later in the early '90s. But today, the exes maintain a close friendship. During an episode of Oprah's Master Class, the musician said, 
    "[Our daughter] Zoe's mom and I now are best friends. When we're all together now -- her man, her kids, Zoe, me -- we're all together and we're one big, happy family. It's beautiful, and it just shows you what can be done."

  • Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

    Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon leave dinner with kids
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    When Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon got hitched in 2008, it came as a pretty big surprise. The pair had only been dating a month, and their engagement lasted five days. After finalizing their divorce in 2016, the two remain involved in each other's lives as they work to co-parent their twins Monroe and Moroccan. They're frequently spotted having dinner together with the kids and celebrating holidays as a family.

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