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While we mortals have the luxury of laying low after experiencing a particularly brutal breakup, most celebs don’t — especially if they boast a huge social media following.
Celebs like Miley Cyrus and Adele didn’t hold back when they returned to Instagram after announcing their high-profile splits. All eyes were on these newly single stars as they made heartbreaking revelations … or posted pics from their recent puppy or family outings. Both equally important, of course.
Here, we break down those moments.
One day after PEOPLE confirmed that Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had split after a less than a year of marriage, the singer shared a series of empowering messages paired with pictures from her trip to northeastern Italy.
“Don’t fight evolution, because you will never win. Like the mountain I am standing on top of, which was once under water, connected with Africa, change is inevitable,” she captioned the first set of photos. “The Dolomites were not created overnight, it was over millions of years that this magnificent beauty was formed. My dad always told me ‘Nature never hurries but it is always on time’… It fills my heart with peace and hope KNOWING that is true. I was taught to respect the planet and its process and I am committed to doing the same with my own.”
“New day. New adventure. 💚,” the next post read.
In the caption of the last picture she posted that day, Cyrus seemed to reference her 2009 song “The Climb,” a ballad about overcoming obstacles: “Life’s a climb … but the view is great.”
Days after PEOPLE confirmed that Shayk had split from Bradley Cooper after four years of dating and the birth of their 2-year-old daughter Lea De Seine, the model shared photos from her work trip to Iceland. In one pic, she posed on a rock in an off-the-shoulder grey Falconeri top. Shayk shared another photo from the trip two days later, flaunting the Icelandic scenery and her black bathing suit look.
The singer assured her fans that her sense of humor was still going strong nearly two weeks after her rep confirmed that she’d split with Simon Konecki after more than seven years together in April 2019. “When you catch yourself in your feelings then you remember who you are,” the meme that she shared read. The post included side-by-side photos of Adele, one of which showed her in a highly emotional state and the other a feisty snap from her visit to “Carpool Karaoke.”
Pratt and actress Anna Faris announced the end of their eight-year marriage in August 2017. The Guardians of the Galaxy star stayed silent on Instagram until November of that year, when he shared a photo himself, Jack, his 6-year-old son with Faris, and Cully, his brother, after a viewing of Thor: Ragnarok. “HOLY CRAP!! THOR RAGNAROK IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! We just laughed our asses off!!! So proud to be part of the Marvel universe,” he captioned the sweet photo.
Bella returned to Instagram six days after PEOPLE learned she and John Cena called off their engagement mere weeks before their destination wedding. The WWE star accompanied her oceanside photo with a poignant quote: “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.”
A little more than one week (10 days to be exact) after Dewan and husband Channing Tatum announced they were separating after nearly nine years of marriage, the pro dancer took to Instagram to thank her fans for their support. “Love you right back,” she wrote.
Just call it a cuddly comeback. It took Theroux, who split from Jennifer Aniston after seven years together in February 2018, 10 days before breaking his silence. He posted this adorable photo to announce his Instagram return.
“Life is precious,” the Kendra On Top star captioned her pensive snapshot, taken on the beach, which was posted the same day she announced her split from husband Hank Baskett on Instagram Story. Wilkinson hasn’t been shy since sharing the couple’s life-changing news. She has since posted pics with her kids, as well as a selfie with Baskett.
Dunham and ex Jack Antonoff broke up in January 2018. Dunham referenced their split in an Instagram post, one day after PEOPLE confirmed they had indeed parted ways after more than five years together. She posted the quote, “Starting over is the beautiful moment where you choose yourself first”, with the caption, “Forever love”.
While her mom, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, was the one who spilled the beans on Brielle and baseball player Michael Kopech’s breakup, the 22-year-old star addressed life after love on her Instagram, days after the Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s Watch What Happens Live appearance in March 2018. “If you look for perfection you will never be content,” she wrote.
A few days after Rose and rapper 21 Savage unfollowed each other on social media, the video vixen posted this sweet video clip with her 5-year-old son Sebastian.
Two days after revealing to her Twitter followers that she and Michael Sheen had decided to lovingly separate after three years of dating, the comedian posted a bowl of customized M&Ms (with her and Sheen’s face on them), hilariously writing that Sheen’s amicable ex Kate Beckinsale had gifted her the snack after hearing of their breakup news. Though the comedian has since said that the actress didn’t give those M&Ms to her after their split, Silverman’s ‘gram still made quite the splash among followers.