Recent exes Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore bumped into each other while dining separately at a West Hollywood private members club, according to UsMagazine.com.  The couple split after Kutcher’s fling with Sara Leal became public.  During the awkward run-in, according to sources, Moore was with a man (platonically) and Kutcher was with a group of friends.  When Moore spotted Kutcher across the dining room, she approached him.  From a distance, sources say the ex-couple’s encounter was awkward and uncomfortable for both parties.  After a friendly hug and some small talk, the necessary mingling was over.

How do you react when you run into an ex after a bitter breakup?

Cupid’s Advice:

After a breakup, it tends to be impossible not to have a casual run-in with your ex, seeing as you both love that Tai place around the corner and stop at the same Starbucks on your morning commute.  Here are a few tips to keep things short and friendly:

1. Be polite: Although you may want to throw your coffee in his face, refrain from making a scene.  Your ex is expecting you to be bitter, upset and uncomfortable.  Make small talk and take interest in their life, but not too much.  Keep it short and sweet.

2. Be confident: No matter how happy or unhappy you may be without your ex, there is no need to show off.  Bragging excessively about your new partner is just childish.  It’s okay to be better off without the one who broke your heart, but showing that off makes you look like a sore loser.

3. Smile: The last thing your ex wants to see is that you are happier without them.  No matter how the relationship ended, seeing your significant other happy without you is a slap in face.  Be sincere and wish them the best of luck, while showing off a big smile.

Have you had a bad encounter with an ex?  Share your experiences below.