3 Breakup Lessons From Celebrities

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Celebrities are so smart. Here, we take advice from 3 recent break-ups.

Breakups stink, and when you're in the midst of one it often feels as though no one in the world could possibly understand your anguish. But rest assured, almost everyone can. Indeed, anyone who's ever been in love has experienced heartache, including Marilyn Monroe. And Halle Berry. And the commander-in-chief of Alaska.

So lick those wounds, broken-hearted beauties, and learn a few lessons from some of the rich and famous who've been through the ringer and managed to survive.

1. If you want to make your ex embarrassed and un-datable, you should publicly tarnish his name.

We can learn this from the Palin women. According to The Huffington Post, the Palin women are expert ex-trashers. Bristol reportedly referred to baby-daddy Levi's family as "white trash," while Sarah tried to use her power as governor to get her sister's ex-husband fired from his position as a state trooper.

No doubt they both felt some post-breakup satisfaction from their actions. But before you run out and copy the Palins, be forewarned: their tactics can backfire. After all was said and done, Sarah's sister Molly found herself and her family being warned by divorce Judge John Suddock to stop "disparaging" her ex's reputation or risk losing custody of the kids.

2. If you want to end the relationship, break up and reunite so often that the phrase "breakup" becomes meaningless.

Though she's married to hunk Justin Theroux now, Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer broke up so many times. While they were dating, we heard them tell the press that they weren't dating, watched them sitting hand-in-hand at the Oscars, read about him serenading her on her 40th birthday, and were bombarded with announcements saying they were totally over.

We know it's hard to call it quits. We do. But if you're breaking up this often, it's hard for anyone to take you seriously as either a couple or an individual.

3. If you want to show your ex what a fool he is, nab a spot on Dancing With The Stars.

Melissa Rycroft was dumped on national TV by Bachelor Jason Mesnick. But she settled the score on national television when she won the sympathies of the public and sashayed into greater fame and recognition than Jason ever could've hoped for with her appearance on Dancing With the Stars. A favorite with audiences and judges, Melissa proved that living (and dancing) well is undeniably the best revenge.

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