With reports that Brad Pitt made a telephone call to ex-wife Jennifer Anniston to congratulate her on her recent engagement to Justin Theroux could it be that these two are finally able to bury the hatchet? Ok so I doubt the Jolie-Pitts will be getting an invite to the wedding but perhaps Brad’s gesture is a small yet significant step in enabling the former spouses to make peace with their past and maybe even be friends again one day, who knows?
But just how simple or practical is it to remain friends with an ex? I suppose there are many factors that would influence this, primarily how amicably the pair has split and if there are any ties involved that would require some level of communication to be maintained. And just how close of a relationship is appropriate? No matter how amicable the split no ex wants to hear how about their former love’s sex life and there has to be a slight pang of jealousy or feeling of inadequacy if you’ve been replaced by someone half your age?!
Former couple item Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were often accompanied on family outings by Bruce Willis who is Demi’s ex-husband and father to her daughters. Some people may have found this odd but personally I found it a refreshing message to convey to the millions of estranged parents and their shared offspring that a balanced and happy relationship can exist in an otherwise awkward situation.
If you’re a Hollywood actor you may find yourself tied to work commitments with an ex that pose a much less harmonious reunion however and I can’t help but sympathise with the recently separated R-Patz and Kristen. Playing the lead roles in one of the biggest movie franchises of our time the pair will be faced with the daunting prospect of appearing on red carpets together all over the world when the final instalment of Twilight hits our screens this Autumn. On screen they will be portraying an infinite undying love for each other when in reality things are much less rosy. But on the bright side at least this is the final chapter in the series! Can you imagine the bitterness and friction on set if they had to act like they were in love for a further movie!
Other famous couples who have remained friends post-split are Courtney Cox & David Arquette, Liz Hurley & Hugh Grant, Ryan Philippe & Reece Witherspoon and Justin Timerlake & Cameron Diaz. Diaz and Timerlake even starred together in the move Bad Teacher and claim that their love scenes were not in any way awkward! When you’ve shared so much with someone it’s nice to be able to remain friends and part of each other lives. You wouldn’t cut friends out of your life so easily so if you’re not secretly harbouring romantic feelings for your ex and you both want to move on then I don’t see the harm in keeping in touch and taking an interest in each other’s lives. Most of us already do this through social media sites like facebook and twitter. It’s also nice to be able to keep in touch with their family if you’ve grown close to them and saves friends from having to decide which one of you is going to be shunned from events if it’s going to create an atmosphere having you both there!