How You Deal With Heartbreak, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Going through heartbreak is one of the great unifying experiences of life - but we all deal with it using different methods. Some wallow after being ghosted, while others move on to the next love interest. But why do we all handle newfound singledom in distinct ways? Perhaps it's the same reason we all act differently when we fall in love or why we have a unique style of making out: the zodiac!  

How each zodiac sign responds to a breakup often corresponds to the sign's element. That's right - the stars might determine how you act when you're in the throes of romance-related sadness. The good news: all the signs have one thing in common - they eventually get over the breakup and start anew with someone else. Before you can do that, you need to get over your ex. Here's how each star sign mourns the loss of a relationship. 


  • Aries (March 21 - April 19) Acts Like They Don't Care

    Aries does not let the world see when they're heartbroken, so they'll put on a strong, secure front despite hurting deep down. They'll refrain from mentioning their breakup and put on a brave face, though something small and seemingly insignificant may cause them to break down in tears because it reminds them of their past love.  

    This Fire sign is also a proud one - being rejected may mess with the Ram's sense of self. To build themselves back up after heartbreak, some Aries do something wild and crazy - like getting a drastic new haircut or trying out an intense action sport for the first time. 

  • Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Throws Themselves Into Work

    Taurus is not a big fan of change, so when something potentially world-shattering - like a breakup - happens, they're thrown for a loop. Instead of dwelling on their heartbreak, Taureans will throw themselves into their work. They'll use their career or a project to distract themselves from their pain.  

    The Bull is also a creature of comfort. This Earth sign will indulge in comfort foods, flashy new clothes, and other material things as they pine over their ex.

  • Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Burns Up On The Inside

    Gemini seems to take a breakup better than most other zodiac signs - but it's all for show. This Air sign is incredibly charming and knows how to emit a certain aura - like the air of not caring about a breakup - but inside, they are hurting. 

    The Twins sign can be volatile, instantly swinging from angst to anger. Geminis who take a breakup especially hard may start to blame their ex-partner for all of the relationship's hardships or try to sabotage any new romances their ex-beau starts. 

  • Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Becomes Reflective

    It takes a long time to build trust with Cancer - the Water sign is highly intuitive. Combine the two, and you have someone who can likely sense a breakup coming and will start to retreat into their shell. 

    While in full hermit-mode, the Crab will look back on the relationship and try to pinpoint what they did to contribute to the relationship's demise. They may even replay certain scenarios repeatedly in their head, wishing they could have done things differently. 

  • Leo (July 23 - August 22) Goes Into A Shame Spiral

    Leos are the proud and loyal type, so when their heart gets stomped, it's a huge blow to their ego. Since they are so faithful, they might become blindsided by a breakup, which only adds to the shame - how could they not have seen the signs?

    Given this Fire sign's flair for the dramatic, it's no wonder Leos can sometimes veer into self-pitying territory post-heartbreak. The Lion enjoys the spotlight, though, so when friends come to comfort them, they'll eat up the attention. 

  • Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Prepares Themselves

    Virgos are overly analytical - in the back of their heads, they anticipate breakups way before they happen. Instead of wallowing in heartache, they'll prep themselves for what they perceive to be inevitable. They love being in control, so it's common for them to do preemptive work to make it seem as though they "won" the breakup.

    Despite all this preparation, this Earth sign still feels heartbreak - and sometimes slips and lets it show - when a relationship ends. Their methodical mind might shift into trying to figure out the exact moment things went south, which can send Virgo spiraling even harder.