ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Over the past few decades, we have witnesses a slew of high-profile break-ups that have proven once and for all that not all relationships last.

The following 11 A-listers know this fact all too well. Here's what they had to say about their experiences when their perfect love stories bit the dust:

11. Jennifer Aniston On Brad Pitt

Years after her very public split from Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston opened up to Vanity Fair about the process of healing after a traumatic break:

"There are many stages of grief. It's sad, something coming to an end. It cracks you open, in a way—cracks you open to feeling. When you try to avoid the pain, it creates greater pain. I'm a human being, having a human experience in front of the world. I wish it weren't in front of the world. I try really hard to rise above it."

10. Demi Moore On Ashton Kutcher

Demi Moore told Harper's Bazaar that breaking up with Ashton Kutcher made her realize what truly mattered to her in life, even though the revelation was painful, she said:

"I used to think that what scared me was the idea of being abandoned until someone said to me, 'Only children can be abandoned. Adults can't be abandoned because we have a choice. Children don't have a choice.' So I started to rethink. 'OK, it's not that. What's the underlying thread that really scares me?' I think what scares me is not having the courage to reach my full potential"

9. Joe Jonas On Demi Lovato

Joe Jonas was a true gentleman when he explained to US Weekly that his relationship to Demi Lovato had turned into more of a friendship than a romance:

"I realize over the time we have shared together that I feel I care more about our friendship right now. It was my choice to breakup, but I love her as a friend. She's been there for me when I needed her. I will continue to be her friend and be there for her."

8. Vanessa Paradis On Johnny Depp

Vanessa's wise words to Harper's Bazaar are beautiful and painful, she said:

"Love is the strongest and most fragile thing we have in life. Nothing is ever for sure, but when something in love doesn't work from the beginning, it's never going to work. Don't push it"

7. Ryan Phillippe on Reese Witherspoon

Ryan Phillippe was clearly devestated by his divorce from Reese Witherspoon, he relived his darkest days by telling W that:

"[Divorce was] the darkest, saddest place I had ever been. It was a struggle—there were a good four or five months of not being able to get out of bed. It was the worst time in my life. You get through it. It's a process that's not easy, but I get less and less sad about it every day."

6. Robert Patterson on Kristen Stewart

RPatz and KStew probably had one of the most public break ups of all time...twice, but Rob understands their experience isn't unique. He opened up to Esquire UK and explained:

"Shit happens, you know? It's just young people… it's normal! And honestly, who gives a shit? The hardest part was talking about it afterwards. Because when you talk about other people, it affects them in ways you can't predict"

5. Sandra Bullock On Jesse James

The world was shocked when it emerged Bullock's boyfriend, Jesse James, had been cheating on her, but Sandra chose to focus on the bigger picture instead of the heartbreak. She explained:

"We're all where we're supposed to be. I am exactly where I want to be now. You can't go backward. I'm not going backward. I'm grateful that I'm here, blessed to have what I have. Nobody can be prepared for anything. If you end up in a place where you can look back and go, 'It happened, but I'm so lucky to be sitting where I am sitting. . . .'"

4. Ben Affleck on Jennifer Lopez

Affleck sought isolation and solitude to get over his break up with Jennifer Lopes, he explained to GQ that:

"I think I just ran away. You can only handle so much. I moved for a while to this place in Georgia that I have, was able to get away, by and large, from stuff. Come up with a plan for how to do something with my life that doesn't put me in the crosshairs of this sort of thing."

3. Miley Cyrus on Liam Hemsworth

They might be (probably) back together now, but that doesn't make Miley's split with Liam Hemsworth any less raw. Miley told Barbara Walters that conquering her fear of being alone gave her strength.

"I was so scared of ever being alone, and I think, conquering that fear, this year, was actually bigger than any other transition that I had, this entire year."

2. Katie Holmes On Tom Cruise

"I don't want that moment in my life to define me, to be who I am. I don't want that to be what I'm known as. I was an actor before, an actor during and an actor now."

1. Jennifer Lawrence On Nicholas Hoult

Jennifer Lawrence told Vogue and amusing anecdote about sponges showing how unsuitable she and Nicholas Hoult were, she said:

"I wake up earlier in the morning when I have new sponges. That counter doesn't even see it coming. [My ex-boyfriend] would never wring them out. We were in the kitchen once, and I picked up the sponge, and it was soapy and wet, and I was like, 'See? These are the kinds of things that make me think we are never going to work.'"

Which celebrity heartbreak story do you most identify with?


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