Is it ever a good idea to date a friend's ex?

For most of us, the answer is a resounding "no" -- for some of us, maybe even an "Oh, hell no." But for celebrities, it's a whole different story. Blame it on the shallow Hollywood dating pool, but time and time again, we see celebs falling for their friends' former flames.

The five celebs below seem to have had a what's-yours-is-mine philosophy when it came to dating their pals' ex-spouses. Click through the slideshow to see who they are, then tell us: would you date your bestie's ex once his or her relationship was over or would that person be strictly off limits?

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  • Denise Richards

    A few months after filing to <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1155753,00.html" target="_hplink">divorce Richie Sambora</a> in February 2006, Heather Locklear learned that her soon-to-be ex-husband had hooked up with the couple's friend and <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20175730,00.html" target="_hplink">neighbor, Denise Richards</a>. Not long after, Richards, who was going through her <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1186548,00.html" target="_hplink">own split with Charlie Sheen</a> at the time, <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20175730,00.html" target="_hplink">opened up to <em>People</em> magazine</a> about her falling out with Locklear: "Unfortunately, our friendship had to dissolve and I'm sad about that. The last thing I would want to do is create a media frenzy like this, especially as I'm trying to get through a divorce." Locklear eventually gave the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/02/heather-locklear-denise-richards-richie-sambora-dating_n_1396498.html" target="_hplink">pair her blessing</a>, but by June 2012, Sambora and Richards' <a href="http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-06-11/denise-richards-splits-with-richie-sambora-exclusive/" target="_hplink">rebound romance was over</a>.

  • Shania Twain

    Talk about a complicated backstory. In August 2009, Shania Twain revealed that she was dating <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20301203,00.html" target="_hplink">businessman Frederic Thiebaud</a>. The year prior, the country star's marriage to <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20200371,00.html" target="_hplink">husband Robert "Mutt" Lange</a> fell apart following his alleged <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/shania-twain-couldnt-sing-or-speak-after-exs-betrayal-201145" target="_hplink"><a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20201011,00.html" target="_hplink">affair with her close friend</a></a> -- and Thiebaud's wife -- Marie-Anne Thiebaud. So how did these two wronged exes end up together? "I got to observe [Frederic] going through the same thing that I was, and I admired how he handled it," <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/shania-twain-couldnt-sing-or-speak-after-exs-betrayal-201145#ixzz1zbJFkjWx" target="_hplink">Twain explained to <em>Redbook</em> in 2011</a>. "That is where I fell in love with him, because he was so exemplary in every way." On January 1, 2011, <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/entertainment&id=7875267" target="_hplink">Twain and Thiebaud married</a> on a beach in Puerto Rico.

  • Elizabeth Taylor

    When her third husband, Mike Todd, died, Elizabeth Taylor <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-09-26/gossip/29440604_1_harry-karl-crooner-eddie-fisher-reynolds-for-elizabeth-taylor" target="_hplink">took comfort in the arms</a> of Todd's best friend, Eddie Fisher, who was <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/debbie-reynolds-im-glad-elizabeth-taylor-is-in-a-better-place-2011233" target="_hplink">married to Taylor's longtime friend</a>, Debbie Reynolds, at the time. Soon after leaving Reynolds, <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2022650,00.html" target="_hplink">Fisher and Taylor married</a>, making him the screen siren's fourth husband. When asked about her <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1948&dat=19580911&id=j-YwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HeAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2835,1438181" target="_hplink">role in Fisher's divorce from Reynolds</a>, Taylor reportedly said, "You can't break up a happy marriage. Debbie's and Eddie's never has been."

  • Eric Clapton

    George Harrison <a href="http://www.beatlesbible.com/1966/01/21/george-harrison-marries-pattie-boyd/" target="_hplink">married model Pattie Boyd</a> in 1966 after meeting her on the set of "A Hard Day's Night." The quiet Beatle went on to pen a number of songs for his young wife, including "Something," but by 1977, <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=per-tSQ745gC&pg=PA143&dq=1977+george+harrison+divorce&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NX_zT8PCEYmXrAGQ2fDqAw&ved=0CDkQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false" target="_hplink">the pair had divorced</a>. Somewhere in between, Harrison's close friend, Eric Clapton, fell in love with Boyd, a sticky situation <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/31/books/review/Light.t.html" target="_hplink">he wrote about in his 1970 rock anthem, "Layla."</a> Harrison's reaction to the news that his wife had moved on with his good friend was suprisingly subdued: "I'd rather she be with him than some dope," <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/31/books/review/Light.t.html" target="_hplink">he reportedly said</a>. Though <a href="http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pattie-boyd-and-eric-clapton-are-married" target="_hplink">Boyd and Clapton later married</a>, they <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-474705/Id-pray-Eric-pass-touch-Part-2-Pattie-Boyds-sensational-autobiography.html" target="_hplink">divorced by 1989</a>, leaving Boyd <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-476230/Pattie-Boyd-I-burst-tears-George-died-Was-I-right-leave-him.html#ixzz1zbRus4nX" target="_hplink">remorseful over ever leaving Harrison</a> for Clapton.

  • Tony Hawke

    After his marriage to his third wife, Lhotse Merriam, unraveled, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk <a href="http://clutch.mtv.com/2011/03/18/did-tony-hawk-violate-man-law-by-getting-with-his-friends-ex/" target="_hplink">began dating Cathy Goodman</a>, the estranged wife of his best friend and business partner Matt Goodman. Luckily for Hawk, his friend didn't seem to mind: "I know people will think it is strange but I'm totally cool with it," <a href="http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/03/exclusive-interview-tony-hawks-best-pal-its-cool-hes-dating-my-wife" target="_hplink">Goodman told RadarOnline.com</a>. "I knew Tony was not happy with Lhoste and I hope he finds that [happiness] with Cathy -- they have known each other a long time."

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