7 Celebrities Who Became Friends With Their Ex’s New Partner
Disliking an ex’s new partner is not an unusual thing — some may say it’s even natural. However, sometimes the old and new significant others flip the script by becoming friends with each other. It involves a lot of maturity and letting go of the past completely, which often is not an easy thing to do.
Bright Side compiled a list of celebrities who are okay with being friends with their ex’s new sweetheart. Some duos liked each other right off the bat, and for others, there was some tension involved at the beginning.
1. Lenny Kravitz and Jason Momoa
Actress Lisa Bonet married Lenny Kravitz in 1987, and the couple divorced 6 years later. In 2017, Bonet got married to Jason Momoa. The couple has been together for 16 years until they announced their separation in 2022.
Despite all this, Kravitz and Momoa are very good friends — in his birthday message to Momoa, Kravitz called him his “brother” and mentioned that they are “one family.”
2. Gwyneth Paltrow and Dakota Johnson
Gwyneth Paltrow and Dakota Johnson have both been involved with Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Paltrow was married to him for 13 years before they split in 2016, and the couple has 2 children together. Martin has been dating Dakota Johnson since 2017.
The 2 women seem to be close. Gwyneth Paltrow said in an interview that she understands how their friendship may seem weird since it’s “unconventional,” but she “adores” Johnson.
3. Jada Pinkett Smith and Sheree Zampino
Before marrying Jada Pinkett Smith in 1997, Will Smith was married to the actress, Sheree Zampino. The former couple has one child together.
During the early stages of Smith and Pinkett Smith’s relationship, the actress recalls that she didn’t like Zampino much and would fight with her a lot. Pinkett Smith said that it was because of her being inexperienced — she “did not understand marriage, so she couldn’t understand divorce” either. Over the years, the women have fixed their relationship and became close enough to have a laugh about their earlier disagreements on Pinket Smith’s talk show.
4. Katy Perry and Miranda Kerr
Katy Perry is engaged to Orlando Bloom, who previously was married to Miranda Kerr for 3 years. Bloom and Kerr share a child together, Flynn, and he was the reason why the 2 women got close. Both Kerr and Perry wanted what’s best for the kid, so they spent some holidays together as, in Kerr’s words, “a modern family.”
Kerr is now married to the businessman, Evan Spiegel, and she holds no resentment toward her ex or Perry. She said that she “adores Katy” and “the most important thing” is that Flynn has “a happy father and a happy mother.”
5. Demi Moore and Emma Heming
Demi Moore was married to Bruce Willis for 13 years before they got a divorce in 2000. Willis got married to the model, Emma Heming, in 2009, and Moore ended up loving her ex’s new wife a lot.
She posted an adorable tribute to Heming on International Women’s Day, calling her a “beautiful mother, who is dedicated to her family” and “an absolutely gorgeous woman.” Moore also mentioned that their children are sisters, and she sees Heming as a part of her family.
6. Nina Dobrev and Nikki Reed
Nina Dobrev was never married to her The Vampire Diaries co-star, Ian Somerhalder, but the couple was together for 3 years. 2 years after the split, Somerhalder married the actress, Nikki Reed.
Dobrev soon spoke up about her ex’s marriage, saying that she “doesn’t see why she should have a problem with it.” She also mentioned that she is friends with Reed and doesn’t think it’s weird at all — on the contrary, she thinks everyone should get along.
In 2017, Reed published a picture of herself, Dobrev, and Somerhalder, putting an end to the rumors about jealousy and cheating. She wrote that nothing of the sort has ever happened and that she believes these fake stories are harming young girls by constantly pitting women against each other.
7. Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner
Sophie Turner is married to Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriend, Joe Jonas, but that doesn’t stop the 2 women from being friends and, frankly, fans of each other. When Swift released her old song, “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” as a part of the song’s re-release project, fans speculated that it may be about her failed romance with Jonas, but Turner didn’t seem to care — she promoted the song on her Instagram story. In response, Swift reposted Turner’s story with a Game of Thrones reference, the TV show Turner starred in till its end.
Under what circumstances would you consider being friends with your ex’s new partner?