Hugh Grant Says Elizabeth Hurley Is Still His ‘Best Friend’

Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley ended their romantic relationship years ago, but the Notting Hill star still thinks of the actress as his “best friend.”

For those who weren’t alive during (or can’t seem to recall much about) the 90s, Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley were one of the hottest couples on the planet. Unfortunately for those who obsessively follow the ins and outs of celebrity relationships, Grant and Hurley decided to call it quits in 2000 after roughly 13 years of romantic bliss.

The couple even weathered Grant’s surprising (and embarrassing) encounter with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown back in 1995. The actor was famously arrested shortly before his comedy Nine Months arrived in theaters around the world. During his appearance on The Tonight Show, Hugh discussed the encounter with host Jay Leno. To say the interview was more than a little awkward is a serious understatement.

“I think you know in life what’s a good thing to do and what’s a bad thing, and I did a bad thing. And there you have it.”

If Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley survived his tryst with a hooker, what earth-shattering scenario caused their romance to wither and die on the vine? During his chat with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, Grant suggested his relationship with Hurley came to a close due to a lack of passion in the bedroom.

“It did [work out]. She’s still my best friend. The sex bit probably fizzled out, but now she’s my absolute best friend. [She’s] the number one person I call in a crisis.”

According to E! Online, one person Hugh Grant hasn’t stayed in contact with over the years is Notting Hill co-star Julia Roberts. During his Watch What Happens Live appearance, the actor admitted that he probably spent too much time poking fun at one of Roberts’ physical features.

“I’ve probably made too many jokes about the size of her mouth. She might hate me by now. I was aware of a faint echo as I was kissing her [in ‘Notting Hill’]. She was great and very, very beautiful.”

Were you one of the people affected by the demise of Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley’s relationship? Are you surprised that they remain friends after all these years?

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