10 Famous Women Open Up About Heartbreak

There’s not a single person in this world who’s never had their heart broken. And celebrities are not out of the equation. If you’re going through a nasty break-up, just remember. It will get better. Time is on your side. Maybe some of these words will soothe you.

1. “There are many stages of grief. It’s sad, something coming to an end. It cracks you open, in a way—cracks you open to feeling. When you try to avoid the pain, it creates greater pain.” —Jennifer Aniston, to Vanity Fair

2. “There is so much hurt in this game of searching for a mate, of testing, trying. And you realize suddenly that you forgot it was a game, and turn away in tears.” ― The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1982

3. “Just believe that the heartbreak was a gift in itself. Cry if you have to, but it won’t be forever! You will find love again, and it will be even more beautiful! In the meantime enjoy all that YOU are!” —Rihanna, on Twitter

4. “When I was first going through my separation, someone said to me, ‘It will take you half as long as you were in the relationship before you’ll feel better.’ And I wanted to knock them out cold across the table. Because, of course, I was in agony. And the last thing I wanted to think was that I was going to stay that way for a long time. But interestingly enough, it is over four years later — we were together eight years — and I finally feel like, cool. I feel better.” — Uma Thurman, to Redbook

5. “I think I’ve finally learned the biggest lesson of all. You’ve got to love yourself first. You’ve got to be OK on your own before you’re OK with someone else. You’ve got to value yourself and know that you’re worth everything. And until you value yourself enough and love yourself enough to know that, you can’t really have a healthy relationship.” — Jennifer Lopez for Glamour

6. “When I was going through a bit of a heartbreak a little while ago, I said to a friend, ‘Wow, this really hurts!’ And he said to me, ‘That just shows you what your capacity for loving is.’ I would rather have my heart broken a thousand times than never to love at all. I have so much love to give—I’m not empty of love, I’m full of love.” —Cameron Diaz, to InStyle

7. ‘My life is so extreme right now. My life basically blew up in my face. And now I’m in this new life, and it’s pretty awesome I have to say – I’m so inspired. Everything just feels new. I just feel inspired. I don’t know how else to describe it. On the way into the studio the first time, I didn’t want to go. I wanted to be in my bed, like, crying. And I did, I cried all the way down to Santa Monica, driving to Santa Monica, and I was like, “What am I doing? Why am I doing this?” — Gwen Stefani

8. “The truth is, I should be angry, resentful and disillusioned about relationships. But I’m not. Love did not work with that person. But it can work with another.” —Eva Longoria, to Vanity Fair Spain

9. “There is nothing more humiliating than loving him so much that you forgive the infidelities.” — Jerry Hall, for McCall’s magazine

10. “The more you live your life and create new habits, you get used to not having a text message every morning saying, ‘Hello, beautiful. Good morning.’ You get used to not calling someone at night to tell them how your day was. You replace these old habits with new habits, like texting your friends in a group chat all day and planning fun dinner parties and going out on adventures with your girlfriends. And then all of a sudden one day you’re in London and you realize…you’re fine.” —Taylor Swift, to Elle

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