Robert Pattinson

Stop the presses. On New Year's Eve day, Robert Pattinson was seen having lunch with Dakota Fanning in Brooklyn. Yes, Dakota Fanning ... as in his co-star in the Twilight flicks AND one of Kristen Stewart's best friends.

But don't go getting all fired up thinking there's any funny business going on between them. Dakota and Rob dined with a large group of friends -- so it's not like they were on a date or anything. But even though Kristen was nowhere in sight during this little outing, Rob chilling out with Dakota has to be a good thing.

Hear me out.

If your best friend and her on-again, off-again dude weren't on good terms, would you want to spend any time with him ... even in a group of people? I definitely wouldn't. I mean, I really can't think of a bigger slap in the face than staying chummy with someone's ex after they've been through a rough breakup -- which is why Dakota and Rob staying friends must mean he and KStew are in a good place ... and possibly headed for a reconciliation.

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I know, I know ... every week there's some new rumor about them getting back together, then splitting up, repeat, then repeat again. But even if they never do rekindle the flame, at least it looks like they're both mature enough to stay amicable -- and to retain a shared group of friends without forcing them to take sides.

But something tells me it's more than a mutual respect for each other that is keeping them in the same circles. I'll honestly be shocked if they don't give it another go. Oh come on, do you REALLY think we've seen the last of Robsten once and for all? (No freakin' way.)

Have you ever stayed friends with a pal's ex?

 

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