Breaking up is hard to do. We’ve all done it (and if you haven’t, are you 12? Or just the most super awesome person ever to walk the face of this here earth?) we’ve all shed a tear about it. Or two.
But, you know what they say: The best revenge is living well.
Here are a few of Hollywood’s finest who got the message and are lving it out loud.
Let’s take a lesson, shall we?
Celebs who really upped their game after a breakup
Katie HolmesShe seemed like a shadow of her former Dawson's Creek self during her time with Tom Cruise but after shocking everyone with an escape from her five-year marriage, she’s back; better and stronger than ever.Getty Images
Reese WitherspoonReese may have cited irreconcilable differences when she filed for divorce from Ryan Phillippe, but their split couldn't have been more amicable. She moved on to win an Oscar and became one of the most in-demand actresses, as well as remarrying and having another baby with Jim Toth.Getty Images
Kim KardashianEveryone assumed she’d take a break after her 72-day failed farce of a marriage to Kris Humphries but not only was longtime friend, Kanye West, there to pick up the pieces, he happily married his longtime crush.Getty Images
Ben AffleckIt's no coincidence that Ben's worst movies came around the time he was with J.Lo. After they split, he had nowhere to go but up. He and Jennifer Garner have been married since 2005, share three kids and he's become not only a sought-after actor but an accomplished, award-winning director as well.Getty Images
Melissa RycroftShe won her season of The Bachelor but weeks after the finale, it was revealed that Jason Mesnick dumped her for runner-up, Molly. Pfft. Rycroft rebounded like no other, marrying her former boyfriend (with whom she has two kids), and took part in two seasons of DWTS (winning the all-star installment).Getty Images
Jennie GarthGarth told Access Hollywood earlier this year about divorce, "It's the putting yourself back together that’s really important." And that she has. The actress and ex-hubby Peter Facinelli are in a better place; both have moved on and Garth wrote a book and stars in two TV shows.Getty Images
Robert PattinsonThe Cheating Scandal of 2012 starred Kristen Stewart and R-Patz, after K-Stew was caught making out with director Rupert Sanders. It destroyed his marriage and made a mockery of the love that Edward and Bella shared. He has since gone on to do exemplary work — and looking not at all miserable while at it.Getty Images
RihannaPlease. The singer could be in a gutter and still be doing better now than when she was with Chris Brown.Getty Images
Bristol PalinHer relationship with Levi Johnston may have been nothing but trouble but they did have a son together. Competing on Dancing With the Stars a few years later left her in great shape (almost like a new person, no?) and she still tours and speaks about sexual responsibility while being a single mom to Tripp.Getty Images
Russell BrandHis ex-wife may have documented their split in Katy Perry: Part of Me but he was always open and honest and, for the most part, nice, about their time together. Rusty is currently working on his own doc. Whether Perry is in it remains to be seen.Getty Images
Sandra BullockHer breakup from Jesse James was humiliating but the year she filed for divorce was the same year People magazine named her Woman of the Year. Sandy went on to adopt her main man, Louis, and continues to shine in critically acclaimed movies. Suck on that, Jesse.Getty Images
Jennifer LopezIt's a toss-up as to who has fared better post-split, she or Marc Anthony. While he just married Shannon de Lima, J.Lo looks hotter than ever, focusing on her music and has been single longer than ever before. Finally!Getty Images