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Friendship’s Day 2023: From lovers to buddies: Is it really possible to be friends with your ex?


Updated on: 04 August,2023 09:34 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Aakanksha Ahire |

The thought of being friends with your ex does not settle well with many. While a lot of us might believe that a healthy friendship with an ex-partner is merely a myth, many individuals today have successfully normalised this dynamic. Mid-day online spoke to experts who share tips to navigate a friendly relationship with an ex-partner

Having dated for a long time, many couples share a strong emotional connection, which can serve as the bedrock of a solid friendship. Photo Courtesy: iStock

Awkward. It's the first thing that comes to mind when we think of being friends with a former partner. Is it really possible to be friends with your ex-partners? Experts say, yes. While the transition from being lovers to friends isn’t an easy one, it is possible to have a healthy friendship when both individuals involved are willing to maintain one free from residual feelings.  
We have numerous examples that have proved it is possible to be friends with your ex. Be it Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin, Amir Khan and Kiran Rao or Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan, these celebrities and many more, have transitioned from being partners to friends and spoken about healthy dynamic they share with each other on various occasions. 
While parting ways with someone you love is undoubtedly heartbreaking, simply the thought of ending a friendship with the same person is terrifying. In an attempt to not lose a friend people find in their lovers, they often choose to stay friends with their ex-partners even though they may not know how to navigate this new dynamic.

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