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Our favourite celebrity female friendships

Here's to the power of female friendship.

Remember when Michelle Williams said that the true love of her life was her best girlfriend, Busy Philipps?

We loved it.

In the modern age, so much emphasis is placed on finding your romantic partner, no one's stopped to ask if that's actually meant to be your most important relationship.

What if, truly, the love of your life is your best girlfriend? The one who's seen you through five nasty breakups, family problems, health woes, and everything in between?

In the spirit of female friendship, we looked to ten celebrity friendships that inspire us, and make us want to call our best mate, stat.

Jennifer Aniston & Courtney Cox
Ever since they met on the set of Friends, Jen and Court have been pals. So strong is their twenty year relationship, that when the tabloids dragged Aniston’s name into
Pitt’s divorce from Angelina Jolie, Court spoke on her behalf. “It’s not about Jennifer” Cox told reporters, telling them to stop bringing her friends into a "horrible" situation. Jennifer also helped organise Johnny McDaid’s proposal to her friend Court, that happened at Jen's house.

“I’ve slept in her guest room a lot,” Aniston previously told More. “Without giving away too much of my private stuff, all I can say is she’s been there for me through thick and thin.”

Courtney and Jennifer have been friends for over two decades
Courtney and Jennifer have been friends for over two decades

Michelle Williams & Busy Philipps
Michelle Williams is one of our all-time favourite actresses. From her Dawson’s Creek days to her starring role in Manchester by the Sea, this is one ‘90s star who’s come a hell of a long way. When she met Busy, they were both young actresses on the Dawson’s set, but after almost two decades of friendship, they’ve experienced love, babies, and loss by each other’s side.

“I’m so in love with her,” Michelle told reporters last year. “She’s proof that the love of your life does not have to be a man! That’s the love of my life right there.”

Lena Dunham & Jemima Kirke
Love her or hate her, Lena Dunham has got a lot of love for the ladies. When she was creating hit TV series Girls, her friend Jemima was the inspiration for character Jessa: a global citizen of British origin, who is noted as being bohemian and unpredictable. The pair have been friends since childhood, when they both attended Saint Ann’s School in New York. She previously called Jemima one of her “forever girls.”

Lena and Jemima on set in New York
Lena and Jemima on set in New York

Amy Poehler & Tina Fey
Amy and Tina met on the comedy circuit back in the early ‘90s, and were instantly in awe of each other’s comedic prowess. As they came up together, the pair started starring in more and more of the same shows, and a friendship developed. Over twenty years on, and the pair still often present awards shows and star in movies together.

Amy on Tina: “She’s the same way back then as she is now, which is really, really funny and incredibly hard-working and a very supportive and loyal friend. But she was a lot less rich. That was the only difference: she was like 100 percent less rich.”

Amy also wrote a pretty hilarious poem about their friendship, which you can see here.

Comedic duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Comedic duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler's friendship poem
Amy Poehler's friendship poem

Salma Hayek & Penelope Cruz
Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz have a friendship that spans decades. After meeting on the Hollywood circuit in the ‘90s, the latino actresses remained close, with Cruz revealing some insights into their friendship to Allure magazine in 2014.

“She's one of my best friends. We call each other huevos [eggs]. It was because when we were working together, we didn't have children yet, so we used to sleep much more than now. So it was a way to call each other lazy,” Cruz confessed. "We slept in the same bed so many times, and it was like she was always trying to wake me up and call me huevos."

Oprah Winfrey & Gayle King
Oprah Winfrey once told Barbara Walters: “Gayle is the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don't know a better person."

She also said in her chat in O magazine, that: “There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it—how can you be this close without it being sexual? How else can you explain a level of intimacy where someone always loves you always respects you, admires you?”

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King
Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King

Drew Barrymore & Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz is no fair weather friend. After meeting Drew Barrymore on the LA scene as youngsters, the pair cemented a firm friendship after starring in Charlie’s Angels together in 2000. Almost 20 years on, and the pair are still going strong, with Cameron rushing to Drew’s side during the actresses’ recent split from husband Will Kopelman.

"We've been in this industry for a really long time together, and that's a feat," Diaz explained to Cohen. "To have people that you've known for that long, those are real relationships, real friendships. We've gone through a lot in life together."

Cameron and Drew pictured in 2003
Cameron and Drew pictured in 2003

Nicole Kidman & Naomi Watts
This Aussie pairing have been close since they attended the same high school in Sydney, even though they’ve only worked on one film together. Of her close friendship with Naomi, Nicole has said that it’s “really rare, particularly for actresses, and I take a lot of pride in that.” The duo apparently share a wicked sense of humour and love to sit and chat for hours, just like ordinary besties.

Nina Dobrev & Julianne Hough
Vampire Diaries star Nina and her dancer BFF Julianne might only be in their twenties, but they already have an enduring friendship that looks set to go the distance. The star duo met through their hairdresser, and since have been “joined at the hip” according to Dobrev. Of her friend, Julianne said: “[She has] the rare ability to instantly make people feel welcome and a part of the nina friendship train! (And boy do we all know how fun that train is😜)"

Kate Hudson & Liv Tyler
Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler ran in the same circles thanks to their famous parents, Goldie Hawn and Steven Tyler. They even attended the same star studded school – Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences. Years on, the pair are still besties, and frequently post loved up selfies together at their catch ups.