Most people have an ex-partner they’d rather drunkenly stalk on Instagram than ever see again in real life – but if you’re The Kissing Booth co-stars Joey King and Jacob Elordi, you’ve got very little choice in the matter. Hear all the details below:
Last week, it was announced that The Kissing Booth 2, a sequel to the 2018 teen rom-com would be dropping on Netflix on July 24th. It’s exciting news for fans of the first film, but why isn’t anyone talking about how awkward it must’ve been for King and Elordi after they split up in real life?
After the first film came out, it wasn’t long until King and Elordi had taken their on-screen romance off-screen and quickly became everyone’s favourite teen power couple. However, after just one year of dating, their relationship soured and they quietly parted ways.
King went on to star in The Act and shack up with the film’s producer, Steven Piet. Elordi, on the other hand, landed a lead role in the HBO drama Euphoria and began a rumoured romance with his co-star Zendaya.
Just as the dust between the former flames was settling, they were catapulted back into each other’s lives to film The Kissing Booth 2. For most, starring alongside your ex as their love interest in a film all about kissing might sound like an absolute nightmare, but Joey King said it was “totally worth it.”
In a 2019 interview on the podcast Mood with Lauren Elizabeth, King said, “I know what everyone wants to know, of course. And yeah, it was crazy.”
“It was a wild experience, but honestly, it was a really beautiful time because I learned a lot about myself and I grew as an actor, I grew as a person.”
It’s an incredibly mature response considering the uncomfortable circumstances. In fact, King and Elordi aren’t the only celebrity exes who have managed to put their breakup behind and keep things civil.
How could we possibly forget when Seth and Summer AKA Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson’s off-screen relationship ended but they were forced to remain an on-screen couple?
Fast-forward to one of their recent run-ins and it looks like it’s all water under the bridge.
Or what about Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, who split up two decades ago but are currently living in quarantine together with all their kids (and matching pyjamas)? No word from Willis’ current wife on their living arrangements, but for all intents and purposes, she seems fine with it.
There’s no doubt that it would have been quite awkward for Joey King and Jacob Elordi while filming The Kissing Booth 2, but they deserve some serious kudos for keeping it professional. It’s an inspiration to us all.
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