The Heartbreaking Reason Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Never Had Children Together

Since the very first day they tied the knot in 2000, fans of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were eagerly awaiting baby news. It seems like every time Jennifer Aniston wore a loose-fitting dress, the tabloids went into overdrive speculating that she was hiding a baby bump underneath. It was a crazy time.

But we all know how that story ends — after five years of marriage, one of the most beloved Hollywood couples called it quits amidst speculation that Brad Pitt had fallen in love with his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star, Angelina Jolie. Those rumors were swiftly confirmed when Brangelina became a thing shortly after.

It’s not like Brad Pitt was totally opposed to fatherhood seeing how the 55-year-old actor is now a father of 6. But if Pitt was so open to having a big family, then why did he and Jennifer Aniston never have children of their own? The answer is not what you think.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Aniston was furious when people accused her of not wanting kids

After Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston split, the rumor mill started churning out vicious accusations that Aniston spurred the breakup because of her refusal to give her husband a child. In a 2006 Vanity Fair interview addressing the subject, Aniston was candid with her feelings about the idea.

“A man divorcing would never be accused of choosing career over children. That really p***** me off,” Aniston fumed. “I’ve never in my life said I didn’t want to have children.”

“I did and I do [want children] and I will [have them]!” she continued. “The women that inspire me are the ones who have careers and children; why would I want to limit myself? I’ve always wanted to have children, and I would never give up that experience for a career. I want to have it all.”

But that still leaves the central question unanswered: If she did want kids, why didn’t Aniston and Pitt ever have any?

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Brad Pitt may have been hesitant about fatherhood

Remember that when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were married, they were both young and in love. They certainly weren’t expecting to get divorced and marry other people. In other words, they thought they had all the time in the world to start a family together and weren’t going to rush into it.

A mutual friend allegedly said, “Having a baby was not his [Pitt’s] priority… ever. It was an abstract desire for him, whereas for Jen it was much more immediate.”

Meeting Angelina Jolie changed everything

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie | James Devaney/WireImage

When Angelina Jolie met Brad Pitt, she absolutely wasn’t looking for love. In a Vogue interview, Jolie explained, “Brad was a huge surprise to me. I think we were both the last two people who were looking for a relationship. I certainly wasn’t.”

Jolie had just adopted her son Maddox from Cambodia and was focused on helping him adjust to his new life and the unique demands of single motherhood. When Brad and Angie fell in love, he automatically became part of that process.

Instead of giving Brad Pitt the choice of whether to become a father, dating Angelina Jolie meant stepping up and taking responsibility or getting out of her life. And after all that, it turned out Pitt liked being a dad. He and Jolie went on to have five more children — three biological and two more adopted.

The final verdict? Pitt and Aniston would have made excellent parents together if they would have given it a shot. It’s a real shame it never worked out for them.