7 Young And The Restless Couples Who Are Better Off As Friends

Published on September 26, 2017.

Genoa City has produced its fair share of super couples over the years. There are those twosomes that are friends with benefits, but there’s also couples that have broken up on bad terms and those who are able to split amicably. As such, below are seven Young and the Restless (Y&R) couples that are better off as ‘just’ friends.

7. Neil Winters and Ashley Abbott

Both Neil and Ashley have been in Genoa City for decades now and have a lot of history and roots within the small town. Both are attractive, smart, and corporate savvy. Their families have always been friendly and they have worked together in the past as well. So when they hooked up, it did seem like a match made in heaven. Sadly, this couple lacked chemistry. Silver lining? They are still pretty good friends to this day and were able to part ways in a very mature manner.

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6. Nick Newman and Chelsea Lawson

While they are together now, it is friendship (and being married into the family) that brought them together in the first place. These two do have a ton of chemistry and seem like the perfect fit. The only downfall of this couple? Nick and his tendency to constantly return to his ex and mother of his children, Sharon. The fact that Chelsea has a little secret that she is hiding regarding Nick’s so-called son’s paternity. These two would be better off if they sat in the friends’ zone together.


5. Victor Newman and Ashley Abbott

Ashley lands on this list yet again, thanks to a relationship with Genoa City’s leading man. These two did make a really great couple back in the day, but Victor’s eyes always seem to be swayed back to his soul mate, Nikki. The good thing about Victor and Ashley is that they have remained friendly and have been able to co-parent their now grown-daughter Abby somewhat successfully over the years. Perhaps it is Victor’s respect for Ashley or the fact that Ash won’t put up with Victor’s attempts to intimidate. Either way, they do make a friendship work.

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4. Jack Abbott and Nikki Newman

Speaking of the Abbotts, Jack has never gotten along with Victor and their rivalry over the decades has shaken up Y&R storylines. One thing that Jack has always had over Victor is his friendship with Nikki – a friendship that has (on and off) turned into romance. Right now, Jack and Nikki are on the romance upswing of things, but this could all change and fast. They’ve always made better friends than lovers anyways!


3. Michael Baldwin and Christine Blair

Do these two ever have a crazy history! When Michael came into town in the early 1990s, he was completely obsessed with Christine and a total slim ball. He sexually harassed her and even tried to attack her at one point. The two were able to smooth things over and even dive into a relationship at one point. Over the years Michael has evolved considerably and these two have become solid friends. A nice ending to an insane start for these two.


2. Paul Williams and Lauren Fenmore

Lauren and Paul had an incredible romance in the 1980s. Both good-looking, smart, with funny personalities – they made the perfect Y&R super couple. They were even married at one point in time. These two decided in the late 1980s that they made better friends than lovers and they have been BFFs ever since. Besides, Lauren makes a far better couple with Michael and Christine and Paul were made for each other.

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1. Michael Baldwin and Phyllis Summers

Michael and Phyllis hooked up in the ‘90s and had a pretty passionate relationship. At that point in time, both characters had an evil nature to them, but thankfully over the years both Baldwin and Summers have redeemed themselves. While they were unlucky in the love department, these two have remained the best of friends over the years, helping each other get through the roller coaster of events that go on in their lives over the years. Break ups, divorce, illness – whatever is thrown their way – these BFFs are always there for each other. They absolutely have been better friends to each other, than when they were ‘together’ as a couple.

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