Whenever a Hollywood couple breaks up, it hits the world pretty hard. People feel so invested in their relationship because they see so much about it in the media, so when they split, it’s hard not to take it personally. We’ve seen some devastating separations over the years, from Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake to Chris Pratt and Anna Faris. However, one of the most monumental breakups is without a doubt Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s.
For several years, these two were the ultimate power couple. However, their love crumbled apart in 2005, and Brad swiftly found himself falling for someone else. The world still hasn’t quite recovered from the shocking split, with some people continuing to champion for a reunion. Luckily for them, that’s something that seems more and more likely every day.
Ever since these two broke up with their respective partners, they’ve been spending increasing amounts of time together. The duo is reportedly now so close that Pitt splashed out for his ex’s 50th birthday and bought her a gift worth $79 million. That’s a lot of money to spend on someone you don’t have feelings for anymore.
Reigniting their love
Usually, when couples separate, they’re out of each other’s lives for good. However, sometimes two people realize just how much they miss one another and end up reigniting their love to everyone’s surprise.
Is that what’s happening with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston? The duo might be keeping schtum about their relationship, but that doesn’t mean they’re not making their way back to each other.
The idea of a power couple is something that’s been around ever since people became obsessed with celebrity culture. Fans want to see relationships they can admire to remind themselves that true love still exists. That’s why pairings like Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are cherished so much. Every time these people go out in public, they can’t help but show the world how genuine their affection is for one another.
It was the same thing with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston back when the two were an item. They were one of the ‘it’ couples in the early 2000s, with their marriage seen as one of Hollywood’s most successful. Unfortunately, no matter how strong their love appeared to be at the time, the drama behind the scenes soon brought their relationship to its bitter end.
The duo first crossed paths in 1998 when Aniston was still filming the mega-successful sitcom, Friends. At the time, Pitt had already established himself on the big screen with credits in films like the romantic horror Interview with the Vampire, making him a prominent figure in the industry. Together, these two were some of the most famous celebrities in the world, so seeing them together sent fans into a craze.
When the couple got married several years later, people didn’t think there would ever be a more famous pairing than this. However, after five years of marriage, the duo shared the devastating news that their relationship had reached its end. They quickly filed for divorce, and by the end of 2005, their love story was over. Fans needed time to grieve, but they were deprived of that opportunity because Brad was eager to jump into a new relationship.
Team Aniston vs. Team Jolie
Before his divorce to Aniston had even been finalized, Brad Pitt was seen cozying up with fellow Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie. The timing of their relationship prompted speculation that the duo had been having an affair while Jennifer was still in the picture, and it majorly divided fans. Some people established themselves as ‘Team Aniston,’ while others sided with the new relationship and named themselves ‘Team Jolie.’
Brad’s past and future were clashing with one another, and he wasn’t sure what to do about it. As someone in the public eye, his personal life wasn’t a private matter. He couldn’t stop millions of people around the world from casting judgment on his new relationship, even if it were none of their business. However, no matter what anyone said about him and Jolie, that wasn’t going to stop the couple from starting a new chapter of their lives together.
Another one bites the dust
Although there were still firm fans of Aniston campaigning for the couple to reunite, most people let things lie with Brad’s relationship after a few years. They didn’t necessarily support Pitt’s decision to be with Jolie, but they didn’t condemn it either. Given his romance with Angelina lasted a lot longer than his one with Jennifer, they didn’t have much of a reason to oppose it. That was until the duo announced they were getting a divorce.
They’d only tied the knot in 2014 after almost a decade together, but their marriage couldn’t even make it to the three-year mark. In September 2016, they revealed they were going their separate ways due to irreconcilable differences, with the divorce finalized in April 2019. Since splitting up, tensions between the pair have been high, and it’s left fans asking if marrying Jolie was really worth it.
Back together again
With Brad now a single man again, and Jennifer also back on the market, it seems a reunion might be on the cards. That’s what everyone seems to be saying anyway. Given the duo appear to be growing closer by the day, it’s hard to rule out the possibility of the pair giving their love another go.
It’s certainly what the fans seem to want, but do Pitt and Aniston feel the same way? Are they hoping to rediscover what they lost, or has that ship well and truly sailed?
No expense spared
Well, if the actor’s present for Jennifer’s 50th birthday is anything to go by, it seems he may still have feelings for her. Pitt reportedly spent $79 million buying back the marital home the two of them used to share, all so he could gift it to his ex.
As gestures go, you don’t get much bigger than that. The duo might insist that the two of them are just friends, but evidence like this certainly suggests there’s more to their current relationship than meets the eye.
Return to single life
If Brad is interested in reuniting with his ex, it’s not like she isn’t a free woman now. Jennifer’s been out of a proper relationship since 2017 when she parted ways with her second husband, actor Justin Theroux.
Although plenty of people would love to name Aniston as their other half, the actress hasn’t found anyone new to occupy her heart since the split. She’s been healing after having yet another marriage break apart, so jumping straight into another relationship isn’t something she’s been looking to do.
Ready for round two
Aniston’s relationship with Theroux came several years after she and Pitt divorced. The duo first met in 2007, but it wasn’t until 2011 that their romance went anywhere. Photos of the pair surfaced throughout the year, with rumors that they’d moved in together rife after just a few months.
It soon became clear that Jennifer wasn’t wasting any time with this relationship, so it wasn’t a huge shock when the actress revealed she was engaged the following year. She was ready to right the wrongs of her first marriage.
A dream come true
Although they got engaged in 2012, it was quite some time before Aniston and Theroux actually tied the knot. They spent several years planning their wedding, eventually scheduling the nuptials for August 2015.
It was almost three years to the day after Justin popped the question, and it was as magical a moment as the actress had hoped for. While some fans still wanted to see Jennifer back with her first husband, most people were just glad that the actress had managed to find love for a second time.
Unlucky in love
For a while, it seemed like these two were made to last. However, much like the actress’ first marriage, appearances were deceiving. While the couple was evidently in love when the cameras were rolling, the same couldn’t be said behind the scenes.
Like with her ex’s second marriage, Aniston’s union with Theroux only lasted a few years. They decided to call it quits in late 2017, with divorce proceedings still underway at the time of writing. No matter what she tried, Jennifer just couldn’t seem to make a marriage work.
Time to heal
As soon as Aniston announced that she and Theroux were no more, fans jumped back on the Brad Pitt bandwagon. His highly publicized split from Jolie was still fresh in their minds, and they figured the stage was set for the duo to reunite.
Of course, with her second marriage only just coming to an end, Jennifer wasn’t looking to start up a new relationship with anyone, let alone her ex. She needed time to heal her heart, and there was no way of knowing how long that would take.
Spending time together
Of course, while she might have been focusing on herself, she was also giving the media plenty of ammo to start up rumors. Reports that she and Brad were spending more time together were everywhere, and it was hard to imagine they wouldn’t eventually reunite.
Although the pair were keeping quiet about everything going on between them, they continued to spend time together away from the cameras. This riled up fans of the couple, many of whom just wanted to know if a reunion was on the table.
On the guestlist
The rumor mill was sent into overdrive a few months back when Brad was supposedly spotted at celebrations for Jennifer’s 50th birthday. Of all the guests in attendance, her ex-husband certainly wasn’t someone that people had expected to see.
However, his presence further established the likelihood that these two were moving towards a reunion. At the very least, their friendship was obviously at a place where Aniston considered Pitt to be one of her closest allies. That’s a vast improvement from where their relationship used to be.
Forget the past
While it would undoubtedly satisfy our dreams from the ’00s if these two reignited their love, it’s hard to know if Jennifer would ever actually take Brad back. She divorced the actor for a reason all those years ago, and she can’t just forget the pain that the split put her through.
As much as she may care for her ex-husband, can she really put the past behind her and give their love a second go of things? Only Aniston knows the answer to that question.
The good ol’ days
If reports are anything to go by, it seems that Jennifer may be more willing than we thought to forgive and forget with Brad. Apparently, she and her ex were recently reminiscing about all the good times they had in their marital home.
Although their marriage came to a devastating end, that didn’t mean it was without its happy memories. The duo had a lot of loving moments together in their old home, and thinking back over those times apparently brought a lot of things flooding back to them.
Her biggest regret
It seems that the house they once shared together meant a great deal to the actress. So much so that letting it go in the divorce is supposedly one of the few things she’s ever regretted in life. It was her “dream home” and saying goodbye to it reportedly made her divorce so much harder to deal with.
After all these years, Aniston apparently still misses that house, which is perhaps why her ex decided to buy it back for her. It would certainly explain Pitt’s extravagant actions.
Overwhelmed with emotion
When Brad reportedly handed Jennifer the keys to their old home, the actress was apparently filled with emotion. That’s not surprising given how much the house seemingly meant to her. If she’s lived with the regret of losing it for all these years, having it back in her life must have meant a great deal.
Receiving such a generous gift from an ex would certainly make some people reconsider giving them another shot, although it’s unclear whether Aniston is one of them. After all, you can’t buy this woman’s love.
Winning her back
If reports about Pitt buying his ex their old home is true, it would seem that the actor is desperate to win back Aniston’s affections. Maybe he feels like he owes her something after the way their marriage ended, or perhaps he just wants to show her that he’s serious about reigniting their love.
Whatever his reasoning, spending so much money on a present would certainly suggest there’s more to this friendship than meets the eye. However, Brad isn’t prepared to make any public declarations about his feelings just yet.
Responding to rumors
If anything is going on between these two, Pitt is desperate to keep them under wraps. He recently responded to rumors that they’re dating again with three simple words – “Oh my god.” That doesn’t exactly clarify anything about where their relationship stands, although it doesn’t rule anything out either.
Considering their relationship history, it’s understandable if the pair wants to downplay any potential reunion. They don’t want to get people’s hopes up in case things don’t work out, especially given what happened when their relationship ended the first time.
Back in the saddle
While it’s uncertain whether Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are back together, it seems that the actress isn’t against the idea of being in love again. Following the breakdown of her second marriage, Aniston is reportedly ready to get back on the horse and embark on a new relationship.
Now that she’s in her fifties, she’s more determined than ever to live life to the fullest and embrace whatever comes her way. She might not be actively seeking a new relationship, but she’ll accept one if the right man comes along.
Friends for now
Brad and Jennifer reuniting might be something that never manifests in reality. As much as we’d love to see the two back together, we also know there was a reason the couple split up in the first place.
Unless they’re able to move past whatever that was, this pair will probably only ever be friends at best. However, you can never be 100% certain about what’s going on in these celebrities lives, and for all we know, the two could confirm that they’re back on any day now.