As anyone who's gone through a bad breakup knows, sometimes the best way to get back at an ex is to show them what they're missing. Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at how the stars have used their looks — from radical makeovers to major weight loss — to get sweet revenge on their former loves. Up first is Khloe Kardashian, who's clearly all about her revenge body — she even hosts an E! reality show on the subject, "Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian." Koko first filed for divorce from Lamar Odom in December 2013 amid reports of his cheating and drug abuse. After years of drama — including his headline-making overdose in a Nevada brothel — their divorce was finalized in December 2016. "As many times as I have protected Lamar or dodged a bullet for him, lately everything is getting more than what I can protect or control," she revealed on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." But one thing she could control? How fab she would look post-split! Keep reading to see how she's changed since the breakup…
After her split from Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian hit the gym even harder. "When me and Lamar were having issues, I decided to channel my energy into working out… If I went out with my girlfriends, I would be hounded by paparazzi and made to feel more humiliated," Khloe told Cosmopolitan Body U.K. "The gym was my only refuge. I could put music on and dance around with my girlfriends and be silly." In 2016, she revealed she'd lost about 40 pounds. Khloe also (temporarily) bounced back in the love department. The reality TV star began dating NBA star Tristan Thompson and welcomed daughter True in April 2018. Sadly, just a few days before True's birth, Khloe found out Tristan had been unfaithful. The twosome worked it out but broke up for good when Tristan cheated on Khloe again, this time with her sister Kylie's Jenner's BFF Jordyn Woods. As the aftermath made headlines, Khloe took to Instagram to post a pic of herself working out, captioning it "therapy," as well as photos of her gym-honed post-baby bod on a sexy night out with her sisters, showing Tristan what he was missing. If this promotional photo for Season 3 of "Revenge Body," which debuted in July 2019, is any indication, her hard work has clearly paid off!
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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom split in early 2017 after about a year of dating in the wake of reports that their romance was in trouble. The pop star claimed at the time that the two were cool in spite of their breakup — "HOW BOUT A NEW WAY OF THINKING FOR 2017 … U can still b friends & love ur former partners! No one's a victim or a villain," she tweeted at the time — but she still debuted a hot new look within days of announcing they'd called it quits…
Katy Perry washed — and cut — that man right out of her hair, debuting a new blonde pixie cut! "I WASNT READY TILL NOW," she wrote on Instagram at the time. While her new 'do stuck around, her single status didn't last for long: She and Orlando Bloom officially got back together in early 2018 and got engaged on Valentine's Day 2019. Adorbs!
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe enjoyed a passionate romance after being introduced at her 21st birthday party. They quickly got married and started a beautiful family. While making the rounds for her Academy Award-winning role in "Walk the Line," though, it became clear there were problems. Reports claimed Ryan cheated on his wife with his "Stop-Loss" co-star Abbie Cornish. There were also rampant rumors that he was jealous of her successful career. But Reese didn't let anyone see her sweat…
When Reese Witherspoon stepped out for her first post-split appearance in 2007, she had honestly never looked better. The yellow Nina Ricci cocktail dress she donned for the 2007 Golden Globes was famously dubbed the "Ryan who?" dress by one of InStyle's fashion editors. She continued to trade in her more matronly outfits and headbands for sexy, fashionable ensembles that showed off her svelte figure. In February 2010, following a high-profile romance with younger man Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese began dating talent agent Jim Toth. They married in March 2011 and welcomed son Tennessee in 2012.
After four years of marriage — and a year-long trial separation — Hilary Duff filed for divorce from former hockey star Mike Comrie in February 2015. What was the final nail in the coffin? Allegedly, it was his wandering eye!
Apparently divorce does the body good! Just a few weeks after she called it quits with the father of her first child, Hilary Duff took to Instagram to show off her smokin' hot bod with a sexy bikini selfie. But was this stripped-down snap meant for Mike Comrie? No way! Hilary revealed that a few sips of a margarita — while vacationing with son Luca — gave her the courage to bare her bod on social media. "I was on a trip with my son, and it's been three years since I had him. I'm just so proud of my body and what it's done for me," she told talks how host Ellen DeGeneres at the time. Hilary's devotion to her bod led her into a romance with her personal trainer, Jason Walsh, that ended in November 2016. She bounced back with musician-producer Matthew Koma and the pair welcomed a daughter, Banks, in October 2018. In May 2019, Matt proposed.
The Gosselin family captivated viewers for years. And Jon and Kate Gosselin made their marriage work despite having eight young children — until it didn't anymore. They divorced in 2009.
First, Kate Gosselin did away with her spiky 'do and got long extensions. Then she landed a gig on "Dancing With the Stars" and TLC offered her a show about being a single mom — "Kate Plus 8." She also started running five miles every day. Not bad for this suburban mom-turned-reality TV star.
Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen met on the set of Woody Allen's 2010 romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris" but waited until filming wrapped to start a romantic relationship. They officially stepped out as a couple in 2011 at the Cannes Film Festival. Rachel told Stella magazine, "Michael and I never spend more than three weeks apart — we rack up a lot of air miles." After two years together, they quietly parted ways in March 2013.
When Rachel McAdams chose a deep auburn hue shortly after her split, fans realized it wasn't her first post-breakup salon trip! The "Mean Girls" actress had changed her hair color from brown to blonde after she and "Beautiful Mind" actor Josh Lucas broke up back in 2009. Rachel's now in a relationship with screenwriter Jamie Linden. The couple welcomed their first child, a son, in April 2018.
Ashlee Simpson and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz dated for a year before they got engaged in April 2008. Jessica Simpson's younger sister once told People magazine of her beau, "I think the first day that we met, we were attracted to each other." Ashlee and Pete exchanged vows in May 2008 and soon confirmed that they were expecting a child, son Bronx, together. But after two years of marriage, Ashlee filed for divorce.
After their split, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz remained friends and loving co-parents to son Bronx. But even though Ashlee's makeover wasn't in the name of revenge, the newly single lady still rocked a different 'do, lighter makeup, and a more grown-up style in the wake of their breakup. The singer — who is no stranger to changing her hair color — went back to her roots and chose a cute blond pixie cut. Ashlee married actor Evan Ross in August 2014 and gave birth to their baby girl, Jagger Snow, in 2015.
Angelina Jolie shocked Hollywood when she married Billy Bob Thornton in Las Vegas in May 2001. They made out on the red carpet, swapped vials of each other's blood and she got his name tattooed on her arm. But it wouldn't last…
By May 2003, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton had ended their marriage. Instead of wallowing, Angelina quickly cleaned up her act and started dressing more demurely as she dove into work as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. She then moved on with Brad Pitt, confirming their romance in 2005. They married in August 2014 only to split in September 2016. She's overdue for another breakup makeover!
On New Year's Eve 2009 after just four months of dating, Russell Brand proposed to Katy Perry in India. The British comedian's big surprise included a horse-drawn carriage, a candlelit dinner in a garden and a fireworks show viewed from atop an elephant. The dark-haired duo tied the knot in a private ceremony in India in October 2010. But after just 14 months of marriage, Russell filed for divorce.
Katy Perry had reason to be upset after Russell ended their short marriage: She later revealed he sent her a text to tell her he was divorcing her! The pop star claimed that the comedian "didn't like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour. So that was really hurtful, and it was very controlling, which was upsetting." Katy proved that she was strong, independent and fabulous after their breakup as she embraced her curves on the red carpet and changed up her hair color, going from black to blue to purple in those first months as a single woman. After a few years of on-and-off romance with John Mayer, she's now happy with Orlando Bloom. They've been together since the 2016 Golden Globe Awards (save for a brief breakup) and got engaged in February 2019.
In 2014, shocking revelations about Sarah Hyland's allegedly abusive relationship with long-time beau Matthew Prokop began to surface. Shortly after the pair split, the actress filed for a restraining order against her former boyfriend in September 2014 after he allegedly threatened to harm her dog, burn down her house and choke her. Needless to say, Sarah has never looked back.
Sarah Hyland shed more than just a toxic relationship! Post-split, the "Modern family" star — seen here in early 2015 — debuted a new and improved hairstyle, upped her red carpet style game and also stepped out with a new boyfriend, her "Vampire Academy" co-star Dominic Sherwood. After they split in 2017, she moved on with "The Bachelorette" alum Wells Adams. The duo got engaged nearly two years later in July 2019.
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher seemed like they had figured out how to make their 15-year age difference work. But rumors of him cheating and Demi's alleged addiction issues haunted the end of their relationship in 2011. On top of the constant drama, Ashton decided to let his hair grow out and started sporting a beard — looking unkempt in his final months with Demi.
A divorce and some time on his own seemingly made Ashton Kutcher reconsider his looks. He cut off his shaggy 'do and shaved his beard. The result? A more relaxed-looking movie and TV star. It's amazing what a haircut and a shave can do for a guy. After playing the field for a bit, Ashton got together with former "That '70s Show" co-star Mila Kunis and married her in July 2015. They welcomed daughter Wyatt in 2014 and son Dimitri in 2016.
After 11 years of marriage and three daughters, Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli called it quits in March 2012. While Peter's career was on the fast track with the success of the "Twilight" franchise, Jennie was stuck at home with the kids. And, well, it wasn't exactly what she had in mind for herself. So after their split, she wasted no time jump-starting her career and losing a few extra pounds.
Within a few months, Jennie Garth had completely transformed her look, mainly by losing all the curves motherhood had granted her. "I'm just taking care of myself: eating less, exercising more, drinking a lot of coconut water," she said about her slimdown. After so many years of standing by her man, it was nice to see Jennie making herself a priority. Jennie began seeing a new guy, actor David Abrams, in 2014 and married the actor in July 2015. They split in 2017, filed for divorce in 2018 and reconciled in 2019.
Back in 2009, Kelly Osbourne was happily in love with fiancé Luke Worrall, a model. (So in love that she copied his haircut!) But then he cheated on her — allegedly with multiple women — and Kelly decided it was high time for a change. They split in 2010.
After kicking that alleged cheater to the curb, Kelly Osbourne slimmed down, grew out her hair and embraced her inner fashionista in curve-hugging looks. In more recent years, Kelly's been rocking purple hair. In 2019, she stepped out with model and skateboarder Jimmy Q.
Jennifer Lopez has never let herself go. But she certainly wasn't as hot as she is now when she was married to Marc Anthony. Since their marriage ended in 2011, J.Lo has somehow managed to age in reverse.
Bam! Jennifer Lopez is pure fire and has never looked so ageless even though she turned 50 in 2019. A new personal trainer and a return to the stage toned her famous booty even further. Out were the husband and long hemlines, and in were the younger boyfriend and shorter dresses. After so many years of being Marc Anthony's arm candy, it was a nice to see J.Lo back in the game. After being on and off with backup dancer Casper Smart — who's 18 years her junior — for years, J.Lo now has a new man in her life: former MLB star Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod popped the question in March 2019 and Jennifer happily accepted.
Long before her romance with Kanye West and her failed 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian West was over the moon about Reggie Bush. At the time, Kim was a bit curvier and covered up her body a lot more than she does now. When Reggie and Kim called it quits for good in 2010, she started to radically transform her look.
Within months of her tough split from Reggie Bush, Kim Kardashian West had changed things up. She'd slimmed down, was wearing sexier outfits and was definitely flaunting her best assets. There was no question this reality TV star was back on the market. See what you missed out on, Reggie? After a brief marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries, Kim married Kanye West in 2014. The couple now share four children.
From their love of baseball hats to their greasy hair and all-black wardrobes, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were practically the same brooding person during their romance. That is, until K-Stew cheated on him in 2013. After a few months of trying to make it work after she publicly apologized, they called it quits for good.
Robert Pattinson upped his style game post-split, leaned out and started looking hotter than he had in years! The charmer also debuted a new lady, music artist FKA Twigs. They were together for three years before splitting in 2017.
A month after they met at a San Antonio Spurs game in November 2004, Eva Longoria and NBA star Tony Parker started dating. But a year later, cops were called to address a domestic dispute — the "Desperate Housewives" actress had allegedly been screaming at her beau. After a quick break, the lovebirds were back on track and exchanged vows in July 2007. Sadly, just three years into their marriage, Eva filed for divorce amid rumors that the basketball star had been unfaithful.
Though some thought Eva Longoria lost weight after her 2010 split with Tony Parker to make her ex-hubby jealous, the actress revealed that she was stressed and not eating. "It was probably the most unhealthy place I've ever been," she told Health magazine in 2012. "In my worst time, people were saying I've never looked better. [But now] I have a great diet and exercise routine." Eva didn't take long to get over Tony — she bounced back with Penelope Cruz's baby brother Eduardo Cruz before dating Honduran hunk Ernesto Arguello. Today, she's healthy, happy and in love: In May 2016, Eva married television executive Jose Antonio Bastón. The couple welcomed son Santiago in June 2018.
Anne Hathaway thought she'd found "the one" after she began dating Italian real estate developer Raffaello Follieri in 2004. After four years together, however, Anne found out that Raffaello was defrauding investors out of millions of dollars. The couple split and Raffaello was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
Post-breakup, Anne Hathaway adopted a much more stylish look. She experimented with different hairstyles and wore more couture gowns. The single life didn't last long, however. Barely six months after splitting with her con man ex, Anne started dating Adam Shulman. They married in 2012 and welcomed son Jonathan in 2016. In July 2019, they announced that she was pregnant with their second child.
For the few years that Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry were together, they were the hot couple everyone envied — and lusted after. Her feminine yet sexy style perfectly complemented his model good looks. But their split in 2010 quickly led to a bitter custody battle over daughter Nahla. But none of that stopped Halle from getting her groove back.
Two months after announcing her split from model Gabriel Aubry, Halle Berry was a new and improved woman. She opted for a shorter hairdo and showed off her toned bod on the red carpet. Halle enjoyed another breakup makeover after her divorce from French actor Olivier Martinez was finalized in December 2016 after three years of marriage. The A-lister now works with her personal trainer to share fun fit tips and eating habits on Instagram.
Britney Spears and Charlie Ebersol appeared to be in a picture-perfect relationship in 2015. The two were often spotted on red carpets together and shared snaps of one another on social media — until they reportedly "grew apart."
Britney Spears made it clear she was still one hot mama after her split from Charlie Ebersol! She rocked some very sexy outfits, toned up big-time and flaunted a body that looked unreal. Britney rang in 2017 with a new man — fitness trainer and model Sam Asghari — whom she started seeing after he appeared in her "Slumber Party" music video in late 2016. They're still together today.
Ciara "leveled up," alright! The singer dropped 60 pounds of baby weight and started dating NFL player Russell Wilson (the highest paid player in the league) in early 2015. The couple were so devoted to each other that they decided to remain celibate until marriage. Russ popped the question in March 2016 and the lovebirds got married four months later. Their daughter, Sienna, was born the following year.
Ciara got engaged to rapper Future in 2013 then called off the wedding shortly after the birth of their son, also named Future, in 2014 amid rumors of infidelity.
Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest had a blast in 2010 as they were spotted getting cozy all over Los Angeles. But their love couldn't survive their busy schedules and Julianne and Ryan split in March 2013 after two years together.
Though "Dancing With the Stars" pro-turned-judge Julianne Hough cut her hair before her breakup with Ryan Seacrest, she still looked like a whole new gal to us post-split! Her social media presence grew tremendously — she shared emotional posts on Twitter and Instagram and uploaded tons of pics showing the quality time she was spending time with her girlfriends, including bestie Nina Dobrev. She began dating hockey player Brooks Laich in February 2014. They got engaged in August 2015 and married two years later.