Breaking up is never easy, especially if you’re in the public eye. Whether you’ve drifted apart, the distance isn’t working or one of you has realised that now just isn’t the right time in your life for dating, there are a few celebrity couples we can learn from when it comes to breaking up and moving on in a dignified, pain-free way.

1. Set the story straight like Michael Douglas

Amidst speculation and rumours about the break-up of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’ thirteen year marriage, Douglas put a stop to wagging tongues and gossips by publicly setting the story straight. At the EMMYs award ceremony, Douglas confirmed to the prying public that the pair were “taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.”
While there’s often no need to give people a lengthy explanation of why you’re no longer dating, sometimes it’s worth briefly letting people know what the situation is so they don’t put their foot in it with any inappropriate comments or questions!

2. Step out in style like Selena Gomez

When Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber called it quits after dating for almost two years, it would have been easy for the former High School Musical star to go into hiding from the millions of “Beliebers”. Instead, Miss Gomez surrounded herself with her closest friends and pulled out all the stops by rocking up at award ceremonies in knock-out frocks. She genuinely looked like she was having a great time.
Looking and feeling gorgeous after a break-up isn’t about revenge on your ex, it’s about looking after number one. Now is the perfect time to put yourself first and focus on what makes you happy, and doing so will boost your confidence enormously.

3. Catch the next flight Like Jennifer Aniston

Okay, we don’t mean literally!
Rumour has it that when Jennifer Aniston discovered that her former husband’s new partner, Angelina Jolie, was due to be on the same plane, she switched flights to avoid seeing her.
While it may sound irrational, Jen’s move to avoid Angelina isn’t as daft as it seems. It can be hard thinking about the person you loved with someone new, and Jen spared both herself and Angelina a potentially awkward situation.

4. Do it for the kids like Demi Moore

Breaking-up when there are children involved can be a whole lot more complicated. But, take heed from Demi and Bruce.
Despite going their separate ways, the pair made a mature and conscious decision to remain amicable and in each other’s lives for the sake of their children. There were no snide tweets *cough* Katie Price *cough* or public remarks, and the two have often praised each other for their successful careers.

5. Play it cool like Orlando Bloom

If your work and social circles mean you’re likely to run into your ex now and again, the best thing to do is keep your head up, smile and play it cool.
Orlando Bloom and Kate Bosworth were dating on and off for four years, and their Hollywood careers meant they’d often bump into each other on the red carpet, even after the split.
Meeting your ex can difficult, however, the pair always grin and hug which shows that while they’ve both moved on, they still care about each other’s well being and that there are no hard feelings.