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Celeb Couples Who Had To Work Together After Breaking Up

Practically everyone has been through at least one breakup. But imagine still having to regularly see the person you've just broken up with because your job demands it. This is the position in which many celeb exes who worked together have found themselves. They've called it quits on their personal relationships, only to have to continue working together and putting on smiles for the cameras. These once-powerhouse couples come from all areas of entertainment: from the big screen to the small, from the recording studio to the biggest reality show of our time. The fact that each of these celebs kept moving forward and even showing up to work at all is proof of their commitment to the job at hand. Or, their dedication to saving face. But no matter how you look at it, they weathered very personal breakups in the most public of ways... and they lived to tell the tale.

And celebrity couples continuing to work together after breaking up isn't terribly uncommon, either. But it must be all sorts of awkward.

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  • Kristen Stewart And Robert Pattinson
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    The very public breakup of Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson was the stuff of tabloid dreams. In 2012, Stewart had an affair with a (married) director, and she and Pattinson, whom she had been dating since 2008, split up in the aftermath. What could have been a clean break between the two superstars turned out to be a bit messier than anticipated. You see, they still had to film Breaking Dawn — Part 2. "It was incredibly painful," Stewart told The Daily Beast about the breakup. "Ugh, f**king kill me."

  • Kaley Cuoco And Johnny Galecki
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    The Big Bang Theory is one of TV's most beloved shows, and Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki have been two of its biggest breakout stars. They met on the set in 2007 and dated quietly under the radar for two years before splitting in late 2009. The split, however, has had no impact on their working relationship. They've continued to make their hit show without a hint of turbulence or discord. Galecki has called Cuoco "a dear friend," going on to say, "She's not an ex, she's a part of my life."

  • In 2003, Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz met at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards and started dating shortly thereafter. They were a couple for three years before going their separate ways in 2006. But the breakup didn't sour the solid friendship at the heart of the couple's connection. They went on to work together in the 2011 comedy, Bad Teacher. Cameron lovingly called Justin "freakin' weird," "bizarre," and "hilarious." On the experience of making Bad Teacher with her ex, she said that they were just, "two people who were working together, who just so happened to have gone out with one another at another time in our lives."

  • Kourtney Kardashian And Scott Disick
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    In 2006, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick began dating, and their tumultuous relationship became a focal point of the Kardashian's reality television empire. The relationship produced three children and lasted until 2015. But the demands of reality TV wait for no one, and Kourtney and Scott still had to appear together on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Disick later said:

    We never had any negativity between us and we made a very smooth transition into the way we live, and luckily, thank God, we're able to see one another and still be with our children and, knock on wood, that we have that. Thank God we have that and everyone is somewhat happy and it seems to work. It's not broke, so don't fix it.

  • Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony
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    At one time, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were the First Couple of Pop Music. The two began dating in early 2004 and were married that summer. In 2008, they had twins. Just a few years later, the marriage was on the rocks, and JLo and Anthony divorced in 2014. That doesn't mean, however, that the two stopped working with one another. They've made new music together, appeared onstage side by side, and are committed to being cooperative and supportive co-parents. On continuing to work together, Lopez said:

    It actually kind of repaired certain parts of our relationship that had been fractured from our marriage and our divorce and it kind of made us friends again. Because when we first started working together, it’s how we met…we met working. And so we remembered that, like, oh right, we connect on this level of music.

  • Megan Fox And Shia LaBeouf
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    In 2007, Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf met on the set of Transformers, and the two briefly dated. The relationship didn't last long, but the Transformers franchise definitely has. As a result, the two had to work together on another Transformers movie in 2009. It's still unclear if Fox was involved with future husband Brian Austin Green at the time of her dalliance with LaBeouf. Later, looking back on his relationship with Fox, LaBeouf said, "I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing, and I think you can see the chemistry onscreen."