Having a Betty to your Veronica, a Gayle to your Oprah, and well, a Matt to your Ben is very important. After all, a BFF is like having your very own cheerleading squad. Your BFF will help you make your vision board, give you encouraging advice, and boost your confidence when you feel it's starting to wane. Your BFF can also be your very own therapist. She’ll listen to your rants, take you out shopping, and help you pick up the pieces. And vice-versa, of course.

But friendship, as you may very well know, can’t be reduced to a simple give-and-take relationship. Otherwise, why do so many BFFs part ways? Do you think your friendship is strong enough to stand the test of time? Check out some of the huge checkpoints that a lot of friendships have to go through, and see if you and your BFF can weather them all.

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1. When friends grow apart

You may have been friends with your BFF since you were in kindergarten, but that doesn't necessarily mean your friendship will last. Sometimes, friends just grow up to discover that they don’t have that much in common anymore. Take a look at Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, for instance. These two socialites had been friends for a very long time before their famous fallout. According to Today, Paris claims that Nicole knew what she did and that was all she would ever say about it. Nicole, on the other hand, apparently told Vanity Fair that she had had to make a few important decisions after getting out of rehab and it meant "having to take certain people out of her life." She and Paris never had a lot in common in the first place, reports The Daily Mail. The two have since reconciled, but their lives have become so different now that it's hard to really return to status quo. Sometimes, friends just need to let each other go.

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2. When it’s because of a boy

Your BFF is always there to talk you out of bad decisions and vice-versa, but when one of you is determined to pursue a less-than-healthy path (like, getting back with an abusive ex-boyfriend), the other (who obviously doesn’t share the same enthusiasm) tends to become the enemy or is forced to just stay out of it, putting a strain on even the tightest relationships. When Rihanna reconciled with Chris Brown, Katy Perry obviously did not approve, which apparently caused a rift in their friendship, reports The Daily Mail. But now that Chris has moved on to another girl, it seems that all is right between the BFFs again. According to PopSugar, the “Roar” singer was recently spotted having dinner with Rihanna just after releasing her new single. Another friendship that famously ended because of a bad news boyfriend? Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag.

3. When it’s indeed because of a boy

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You can’t help whom you fall in love with, but if he happens to be your BFF’s ex-boyfriend or ex-husband, you better be prepared to face the consequences. Case in point: the press had a field day when Denise Richards started dating friend Heather Locklear’s ex-husband Richie Sambora, not long after the Bon Jovi guitarist filed for a divorce from Heather a couple of years ago. It was probably not the best decision Denise has ever made, but The Huffington Post reports that Heather had apologized for how nasty everything turned out and even gave Denise her blessing. Of course, not all friendships can endure after such a trial. As of press time, actress Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador have yet to bury the hatchet.

(Screencap from The Simple Life courtesy of Fox Television)

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