See Hilary Duff Reunite With Ex Joel Madden on Couples Group Date

Hey now! Hey now! Is that Hilary Duff and Joel Madden? The exes were recently photographed out at dinner with Duff's husband Matthew Koma and Mdden's wife Nicole Richie. See the pic.

By Elyse Dupre Feb 07, 2022 6:32 PMTags

Hilary Duff's romance with Joel Madden might be so yesterday (like, two decades ago, guys!) but the exes recently reunited for a group date.

In a photo that popped up on the Internet over the weekend and sent fans right back to the early aughts, Duff smiled as her husband Matthew Koma wrapped his arms around her and Madden beamed as he held his wife Nicole Richie. And hey now, hey now, they're not the only ones in the star-studded snap. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and his girlfriend Meagan Camper were also spotted in the picture as were record producer Josh Abraham and his longtime love Gina Abraham.

The four couples dined at Scratch|Bar & Kitchen in Los Angeles. And by the looks of the photos, they seemed to have a good time. Abraham even posted a picture of himself with Koma, Wentz and Madden and joked, "New band alert." 

But let's go back, back to the beginning when Duff and Madden dated almost two decades ago. The actress and the Good Charlotte member were together from 2004 to 2006. 

"It was so all encompassing," Duff said while seemingly referencing their romance during a 2016 episode of her Younger costar Nico Tortorella's podcast The Love Bomb. "It was so intense. It was my life. It was, like, every minute of my day."

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Shortly after the split, Madden started dating Richie, the pair going on to marry in 2010 and welcome daughter Harlow, 14, and son Sparrow, 12.

"Meeting Nicole was definitely—that's like a religious experience, you know? That's like a life-changing, cathartic event, meeting the person you know is going to be your wife," he said during a 2019 interview with 60 Minutes Australia. "And beyond that, she's my best friend."

As for Duff, she also wed in 2010, but after welcoming now 9-year-old son Luca, she and hockey player Mike Comrie separated in 2014 and later divorced

By 2017, Duff had started dating Koma. And after breaking up and getting back together, they decided to give their relationship another go. "I think we knew we just had to be together," Duff told PeopleTV last May, "because we tried a bunch of times to be apart and it just didn't work out for either one of us."

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Now parents to daughters Banks, 3, and Mae, 10 months, Duff raved about Koma on their two-year wedding anniversary, calling him, "Guy of my dreams. Papa bear. Best friend. Good human."

It looks like both couples found the kind of love that dreams are made of.