Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt: Why Fans Should Stop Expecting Them to Get Back Together

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston will always be considered Hollywood’s “Golden Couple” by their fans, even though they divorced in 2005. Tabloid headlines consistently make bold claims about their relationship status and have even claimed they are dating in secret, following Aniston’s split from Justin Theroux and, of course, Pitt’s messy breakup with Angelina Jolie.

The reality of the situation might not be what fans want, but it is likely what’s best for them. From their first date to what their current status is, let’s uncover the history of the Pitt-Aniston relationship.

How did Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt meet?

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt | Tony Barson/WireImage

In the late ’90s, Jennifer Aniston was one of the biggest stars in the world, thanks to her role as Rachel Green on the iconic TV show Friends. Brad Pitt was Hollywood’s hottest heartthrob, with career-defining roles in A River Runs Through It, Thelma and Louise, and Fight Club. The two stars got together on one fateful evening after being set up on a date by their respective agents. Although it might not seem like an auspicious start to a relationship, sparks flew, and soon, the two were inseparable.

They got engaged in 1999 and announced their impending marriage on stage at a Sting concert. Over the next few years, Pitt and Aniston were firm fixtures at red carpet events and Hollywood parties. They seemed to be the perfect couple, and Pitt even guest-starred on Aniston’s show, Friends. However, in 2004, things would change in a big way when Pitt was cast opposite Jolie in the romantic film, Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Why did Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt split up?

Almost immediately after filming began on Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the rumor mill started swirling about whether or not Pitt and Jolie were having an affair. Their chemistry seemed to be insane, and Jolie already had the reputation of having romantic relationships with her co-stars. The rumors seemed to be confirmed when Pitt and Aniston announced they were divorcing, only a few months after initial headlines about Pitt and Jolie started appearing. Pitt and Jolie even appeared together in a magazine spread where they posed as a married couple, a move that infuriated many fans, who were indignant on behalf of Jennifer Aniston.

In short order, Pitt and Jolie were the new red-carpet fixture, and the media had kickstarted a campaign to compare Jolie and Aniston. For her part, Aniston has gone on to have several high-profile relationships, including a long term relationship with actor Justin Theroux. While the media has continued to pit her against Jolie, Aniston seems to have no ill will towards the other actress, or towards her former husband, in spite of the cheating scandal. 

Are Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston back together now?

Pitt is single now and is currently undergoing a long and painful divorce from Jolie, with whom he shares six children. Aniston is also single, having recently split from Theroux. Their single status, coupled with the fact that Pitt recently attended Aniston’s 50th birthday party, has made fan’s heads spin with many wondering what’s really going on between the former couple.

A recent report claimed Aniston is secretly pregnant with Pitt’s baby — a rumor that seems to hold no merit at all. In fact, most reports are unanimous in stating that while Pitt and Aniston are once again amicable, and occasionally speak on the phone to reminisce about old times, there is absolutely nothing romantic between the pair. While no one can say for sure what the future might hold for the once-married couple, for now at least, there’s no romance in the air for Pitt and Aniston.