13 A-list quotes about old flames that will melt your heart

Misty-eye alert

Helena Bonham Carter
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Misty-eye alert

Dealing with exes is tricky. While us normal folk have to fear we might bump into a former flame at the pub (or worse, the gym), for celebrities it can be a whole lot more complicated.

The A-list can’t escape their past thanks to famous ex lovers writing songs, waxing lyrical in interviews, and some even sharing intimate details of their time together. However, many have managed to negotiate the gauntlet of ending a relationship and gone on to say some lovely, brilliant and even poignant things about their old loves.

Whilst some range from the very enigmatic (see: Sean Penn), some comments are just really great. And if you feel all misty-eyed after reading this, have a look at what some celebrities have had to say about heartbreak to really tug at your heart strings.

'[Andrew is] someone I still love very much.' Emma Stone on Andrew Garfield

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'We don't see each other that much. I care about him enormously.' Sienna Miller on Jude Law

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'[If a relationship] isn’t forever, that doesn’t mean it’s a failure. The important thing is that you have to allow the other person to grow. And if they’re not going in the same direction, however heart-breaking, you have to do what is right for that growth. It’s hard to do something for ever because life is very short.' Helena Bonham Carter

'[Our relationship] was an important part of my life and always will be. She's a free spirit. I think she'll always surprise people with what she does, but she's not a malicious person in any way. She's a young girl who wants to do what she wants to do.' Liam Hemsworth on Miley Cyrus

'Justin and I have always had a good laugh together. He’s a genius comedian... He's clearly talented. He's frickin' weird in movies. He's so bizarre and hilarious.' Cameron Diaz on making Bad Teacher with Justin Timberlake

'We both love and care about each other and genuinely want each other to be happy.' Miranda Kerr on ex-husband Orlando Bloom

'She is a ghost to me now.' Sean Penn on Robin Wright

'I still obviously feel so blessed that I met her and that we have a child together and that she's in my life. She's still one of my closest, greatest friends. David Arquette on Courteney Cox

'[Mick had] a wonderful sense of humour that I can understand no matter what, I mean, he could be stabbing me in the back, but he can make me laugh while he does it.' Bianca Jagger on Mick Jagger

'I will always love her unconditionally for this and so much more. Mariah Carey is an amazing mother and I trust her wholeheartedly...' Nick Cannon on Mariah Carey

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