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While it is hard for a former couple to be friends again, it is not impossible. Hollywood A-listers such as actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin are the best examples. They have gone on vacations and celebrated important birthdays and holidays together for their children. Gwyneth still accompanies her kids to watch their dad perform. Ben and Jennifer even reportedly still live in the same property.
However, as we’ve proven before (click here to read the article), we don’t even need to go beyond Philippine shores. These local celebrities add to the credence that reconciliation between exes doesn’t always have to be of the romantic kind. Apart from having a friendly relationship, some can even become friends with their former partner’s current special someone.
Regine Velasquez and Michelle Van Eimeren
Ogie Alcasid's ex-wife and former Miss Universe Australia, Michelle van Eimeren, and Ogie's wife, Regine Velasquez, did not let their past (and the ocean!) prevent them from having a strong friendship. Ogie and Michelle regularly spend time together with their two daughters, Leila, 19, and Sarah, 15, here or in Australia. And Regine with her and Ogie's son, Nate, 5, and Michelle's husband, Mark Morrow, complete the whole family. They all have gone on vacations together, and last year, Michelle and family attended the launch of Regine's cookbook, Bongga Sa Kusina.
Michelle and Regine have been consistently vocal about their love for each other, and their love for each other’s kids. Michelle has even defended her closeness to Asia's Songbird, who now has Leila under her wing. Leila will stay with Regine and Ogie for a year. Michelle recently commented on Instagram that Regine is “the BESTEST stepmum ever” when the latter posted a photo of Leila’s OOTD and captioned it "Their very own Miss Universe."
Sunshine Cruz and Teresa Loyzaga
The moms of Cesar Montano's kids regularly spend time together. Teresa Loyzaga is the mom to actor Diego, while Sunshine Cruz, who has already petitioned for an annulment, has three beautiful daughters, Angel Francheska, Samantha Angeline, and Angeline Isabelle.
Their relationship goes back to July 2015 when the two ladies got together via an impromptu gimmick with a common friend. Sunshine thought it was a good opportunity to clear issues that surfaced when Diego lived with her and Cesar when they were still a couple.
Fast-forward to 2016, Sunshine and Teresa continue to exchange kind words on social media, highlighting their and their children's good relationship. Last Christmas, they all got together to celebrate the holidays (and Sunshine's new boyfriend Macky Mathay was even there!). “With my loves. Thank you for the wonderful night,” Sunshine wrote as the caption. Teresa also reposted a photo taken on the same night.
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Kris Aquino and Michela Cazzola
It took a while to bury the hatchet, but it seems all is well now (at least from what we see on their social media accounts). Kris Aquino first reached out to Michela Cazzola, ex-husband James Yap’s current partner, in October, when their son Bimby asked to meet his little half-brother, Baby MJ. In December, The Queen of All Media praised Michela when she reached out to invite Bimby and Josh, Kris’s son with Phillip Salvador, to spend New Year with her and James.
Kris wrote on Instagram that she and James were now mature enough to decide to be friends, and Michela’s kindness has helped each of them to be comfortable with one another. Kris was so touched that she even said she now considers Michela her friend. "Swerte kami because she's warm and caring towards my two boys and that has made it comfortable for everybody. Believe me, it's possible to really move on enough to reach the point when you're happy your ex-husband is in a good place with a good woman whom you can consider a friend," Kris wrote on Instagram.