When relationships fall apart, hurt people often bash each other – publicly and privately. Under the gaze of paparazzi and media, celebrities can find themselves embroiled in nasty public feuds with their exes.

But in life, that’s not always the case. People find ways to separate amicably and remain good friends. It’s not always easy to do with hurt feelings, scandals, and children involved, so anyone who finds a way to break up without a mess is fortunate.

Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t, but dwelling on heartbreak for the rest of your days isn’t healthy or productive. And if you’re breaking up with a decent person, what’s wrong with being cool?

Cue this compilation of celeb ex-couples who are making it work in terms of friendship and co-parenting. Whether they were in a dating-ship or marriage, these Hollywood folks turned their breakup lemons into lemonade.

  1. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

    Friends long before they became a couple, J. Lo and Marc Anthony were married for seven years and ended things in 2011. They share a set of twins and consider themselves best friends, and have even worked on albums together!

  2. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

    Ever since Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced they would be “consciously un-coupling” back in 2014, people have been wondering what it means and how to do it. All you have to do is watch. They vacation together with their children, do holidays as a family, and support each other’s endeavors. Oh, and Martin gets along great with her new fiancé!

  3. Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz

    Rocker Lenny Kravitz has always stayed on good terms with ex wife Lisa Bonet, and the two are frequently seen hanging out with daughter Zoë and Bonet’s famous hubby Jason Momoa.

  4. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

    Diva and vocal powerhouse Mariah Carey shocked everyone when she wed Nick Cannon years ago, but shared it’s their youthful spirits that brought them together. Both Carey and Cannon and have made it their mission to love each other without conditions so they can be an example for their twins.

  5. Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama

    These former lovebirds called it quits in 2016 after being together for six years. Although it’s rumored they were both brokenhearted, they’ve remained close ever since, snapping pics and spending time together as besties. Wil even showed up at Demi’s bedside during her recent hospital episode.

Watch this short clip from Wochit to see who else makes the grade for cordial post-split relationships.

For those who are struggling with being polite, respectful, or supportive with their exes, you might find inspiration with this group. Or, you might find yourself becoming hopeful about keeping a great thing going.

It’s not always possible to “be good” with an old flame (for various reasons), but with a little work and maturity, it could happen. Who says that camaraderie has to disappear when the romance does?

Do you think it’s hard to remain friends after a breakup? Are you on great terms with an ex? How do you make it work?