Scientists say that after a relationship ends, our brains tend to “forget about the bad parts and focus on the good.” Because nostalgia has a way of adding sweetness to all of our memories. So what was once a strong passion turned sour can turn into a friendly affection over time.

After all, there was a reason our hearts chose this one person out of millions, and that kind of powerful connection can be transformed but never erased.

We believe that all of our past relationships are valuable because they help us become the person we are today. And here are 5 Hollywood stars who are proving that their ex will always be a part of their life and identity.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

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Once one of the most glamorous couples in Hollywood, Garner, and Affleck split in 2015 after 10 years of marriage. Shortly after announcing their split, the actress was asked about their relationship, and she admitted, “I didn’t marry the big movie star. I married him AND I would go back and redo that decision.”

Garner then added that “the main thing” is his 3 children. Jennifer continued to be completely honest about her feelings, saying, “Of course, I missed out on the dream of dancing with my husband at my daughter’s wedding.” And if you see that your children love someone so purely and completely, then you will be friends with that person.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony


The former couple had been married for 10 years when they divorced in 2014. Together they have a twin boy and girl and even after years apart, their relationship remains strong. In fact, the singers even worked on a project together.

In 2017, López revealed: “We are like best friends. We are making an album now. In fact, he is helping me make my album in Spanish.”

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

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The actress and singer-songwriter met in 2002 and married a year later. The couple, who have a daughter and a son, announced their separation in 2014, which Paltrow described as a “conscious mismatch.”

However, it appears that the couple’s deep connection hasn’t really been affected by the split. When asked about her ex, the actress said, “He’s like my brother. He is my family. I love him.” Then she added, “I am so grateful to him for giving me these children.”

Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum


The Hollywood couple who knew each other on the set of their film was married for 9 years before ending in 2018. Shortly after announcing their separation, Dewan recalled the start of their relationship, saying: “When we met, it seemed like we met. for many years”.

She then opened up that nothing can compromise their strong bond, noting, “Ultimately, no matter what Chan and I do, we are really great friends. I don’t think that will ever change, no matter what.”

Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie

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The actress and ice hockey player, who are parents to a 10-year-old son, Luca, was married for 6 years before divorcing in 2016. On her current relationship with her ex, Duff noted: ’’We have such a great kid, and we’re both so obsessed with him.” We are good friends, we laugh a lot and we have great communication. We share photos when we are not with Luca.”

Do you feel the same way about your exes? Do you agree that we can’t completely erase our previous relationships from our heart?

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