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Ryan and Reese remain friends

Those who seem unable to resist exchanging bitter words with their exes should probably learn from Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon.

The Cruel Intentions stars got married in 1999 and divorced seven years later but have remained friends.

"Things are great. It is so important as divorced parents to keep that connection. It makes the kids feel better that the parents are interacting."

"We go to all the school events together, and we're there for each other," revealed the actor on The Ellen DeGeneres Show recently.

The pair has two children, Ava Elizabeth, 10, and Deacon Reese, six.

Even their hectic schedules as actors do not stop them from carrying out their responsibilities as parents, reported People magazine.

"From one week to the next you don't know where you're going to have to be for a promotional tour or on location. We've done a really good job with that, and our kids are happy and healthy and doing awesome."

After the divorce, both started dating their co-stars. Witherspoon went on to date actor Jake Gyllenhaal, whom she worked with in Rendition, while Phillippe met Australian actress Abbie Cornish on the set of Stop-Loss.

Witherspoon, who won an Oscar in 2006 for her performance in Walk the Line, reportedly broke up with Gyllenhaal last year, while Phillippe's romance with Cornish did not last long either. They split early this year.

Phillippe, 35, is in no hurry to start a new relationship.

"I'm dating. Sort of my emphasis right now is on the kids and career. I think it would be good for me to be single for a little bit. Yeah, find some focus, some personal focus."

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