Imagine that you have to see an ex with whom you just broke up at work every day. You have been deprived of time to heal.
Well, while that might seem like a far-fetched reality, it's the reality for many celebrities in Hollywood.
You might be aware of some of these breakups. Let's remind you of 15 celebrity couples who had to work together even after they separated.
Impressively, they managed to keep things professional amidst it all.
The Twilight Saga - Kristen Stewart And Robert Pattison
Once the most talked-about celebrity couple, Kristen and Robert turned a movie into reality for many fans.
Sadly, a little while after they made their relationship public, Kristen was caught cheating with Rupert Sanders, the director of Snow White and the Huntsman.
Although they tried to fix things before the release of Breaking Dawn, it proved to be beyond repair for Robert.
The White Stripes - Jack and Meg White
Many fans believed that this rock duo was siblings. Contrary to widespread speculations, they are not.
They got married in 1996 but filed for divorce after four years, in 2000. Even after their divorce, they continued to record and tour together until they disbanded in 2011.
Bad Teacher - Cameron Diaz And Justin Timberlake
Cameron and Justin were one of the happy Hollywood couples in the early to mid-2000s, and they seemed like a good match.
Sadly, they broke up but had to show up and work together on another project immediately after.
On Bad Teacher, Cameron told US Weekly: "Justin and I always had a good laugh together, and to make a movie where we get to laugh together, and there was no one else who was more perfect for this part."
Heroes - Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia
This couple had met on the set of Heroes in which Hayden played Milo's niece. They dated for two years and broke up before they had to film the final season of the series.
They managed to keep things professional as there was no noticeable transference.
Dexter - Michael C. Hall And Jennifer Carpenter
Michael and Jennifer got married on New Year's Eve in 2008 and divorced two years later.
They met on set while shooting Dexter, got married while it was still on, divorced, and continued on the series afterward.
Michael told US Weekly in an interview: "I would say the fact that Jennifer and I worked through whatever was going on with us personally the way we did and maintained telling the story was never in question. It was always what we needed or wanted to do."
The OC - Rachel Bilson And Adam Brody
For almost the entire run of the teen drama The OC, the co-stars, Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody, dated off-the-screen. They called it quits ahead of the show's final season. Their contractual obligation helped them hold out.
Gossip Girl - Penn Badgley And Blake Lively
Penn told Elle about the breakup: "I don't know if I can distill it into a sentence or even articulate it. We were very much caught up in the show, which itself was a six-year endurance test. Our relationship was a part of that and helped us through it."
They dated while on the show but broke up after things fizzled out. They continued working together on set even after the breakup, and while it was no easy feat, they delivered their roles well.
Riverdale - Lili Reinhart And Cole Sprouse
The Riverdale co-stars dated on and off for about three years before finally ending things in 2020 with no damage to their characters on the series.
Cole wrote on Instagram in August 2020: "Lili and I initially separated in January of this year, deciding to split in March more permanently. What an incredible experience I had. I'll always feel lucky and cherish that I had the chance to fall in love."
Alias - Jennifer Garner And Michael Vartan
The Alias co-stars dated for less than a year before they broke up. Although their off-screen relationship came to an end in 2004, they worked together until the series came to an end in 2006 without any issues.
No Doubt - Gwen Stefani And Tony Kanal
If anyone believed in dating a member of their band, Gwen and Tony from No Doubt crushed all hopes of that. Gladly, even after they broke up, they continued a successful creative relationship.
Flip Or Flop - Tarek El Moussa And Christina Haack
Theirs was the definition of a bad breakup. They had a pretty heated separation/divorce.
Before then, they were HGTV powerhouses with their hit reality TV show Flip or Flop. Even after their very public ordeal, they agreed to film 15 more show episodes together.
Q Viva! The Chosen - Marc Anthony And Jennifer Lopez
This Hollywood couple got divorced in 2011 after being married for over a decade. In 2012, just after their split, they participated in the Q Viva! The Chosen competition and even recorded a Spanish album together in 2016.
One Tree Hill - Sophia Bush And Chad Michael Murray
Sophia said on the show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: "We were two stupid kids who had no business being in a relationship in the first place."
Well, their whirlwind romance did not feel that way at the start, as they got married soon after meeting on the set of One Tree Hill, only to split up five months after their wedding.
They continued to work together for almost half a decade after that, and they did admit that it was not an easy task.
Dawson's Creek - Katie Holmes And Joshua Jackson
Soon after season one of Dawson's Creek premiered in 1998, Katie and Joshua started dating. Unfortunately, it lasted for a short while.
They managed to continue on the series, keeping things professional until it ended in 2003. Katie still calls Joshua her first love.
The Big Bang Theory - Kaley Cuoco And Johnny Galecki
While filming The Big Bang Theory, Kaley and Johnny dated early on for almost two years.
They admitted that the initial period after the breakup was quite sensitive for them, but they were able to overcome it and deliver their roles as they should.
Do you think it would have been healthy to keep these couples together even after their breakups? Or does the fact that it's their job and they had to do it justify that? If you were in their shoes, would you have been able to handle it?