Often, the best way to cope is to talk about it. You might find yourself reaching beyond your usual circle of friends, to people you wouldn't usually expect, to try and find comfort in the advice of strangers.
Twitter user @WaladShami has been struggling with heartbreak since January. So he decided to DM one of his idols, Rihanna, asking:
Hi Robs..[Robyn is Rihanna's real name]..how did you get over your first heartbreak?
I've been struggling
And her response was the best:
Just believe that the heartbreak was a gift in itself! Cry if you have to, but it won't be forever!
You will find love again, and it will be even more beautiful! In the meantime enjoy all that YOU are!!!!
Walad shared a screenshot of the DM, which has now been retweeted over 11,000 times.
Speaking to Buzzfeed, Walad said he reached out to the Umbrella singer because "she's wise".
It was my first relationship ever and they ended it with me in January, but it's been really hard for a multitude of reasons. I reached out to Rihanna because she's given me advice many times — she's wise 'n sh*t. Lol.