The Real Reason Brad Pitt Was at Jennifer Aniston’s Birthday Party

When it comes to celebrity love triangles, there are few more famous than Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, and Angelina Jolie. We remember when Pitt and Aniston went on their first date all the way back in 1998, and sparks flew from there. They were married just a few years later with a bond that seemed unbreakable — that is, until Mr. and Mrs. Smith happened. Once Jolie and Pitt met in 2004, the adorable romance we all came to know and love was over between Pitt and Aniston. From there, it was all about Brangelina.

Now that Jolie and Pitt are totally finished with their long-term romance, it appears Pitt and Aniston are back to being friends — and more recently, he was even spotted at her birthday party. Here’s the real reason why.

Aniston ended up inviting Pitt to her birthday party

Aniston’s 50th birthday bash was a star-studded event at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles, People reports. The guest list included Hollywood bigwigs like George and Amal Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Ellen DeGeneres, Demi Moore, and many others — but more importantly, Brad Pitt was also in attendance. He allegedly made a “casual entrance” with his hair slicked back under a cap — but he definitely didn’t go unnoticed.

So, why would Aniston invite her ex to such a pivotal celebration of her life? People reports it allegedly wasn’t an easy decision for her. As one insider told the publication, “She debated back and forth with friends if she should invite him. She was very happy that he showed up. Many of his close friends were at the party too.”

He was ultimately there to support her, not for romance

Brad Pitt at the premiere of The Lost City of Z
Brad Pitt at the premiere of The Lost City of Z | Rich Fury/Getty Images

Many wondered why Pitt would show up to Aniston’s party at all if it wasn’t to rekindle a romance. Fans know by now that his relationship with Jolie ended explosively, but over the years, he managed to stay on good terms with Aniston despite their split. An insider told People that everyone who was at Aniston’s party was there to make sure she knew she was loved and supported — and that’s why Pitt was in attendance as well. As the source reminds us, “Basically, every single person who Jen loves attended. That included Brad. The party was a celebration of Jen’s life … Brad, for long, was a very important part of Jen’s life.” And another insider who spoke with Entertainment Tonight confirmed that Pitt was just there to show his support since he and Aniston had “been friendly” over the years.

Aniston reportedly didn’t give Pitt any special treatment, however. The source from People commented that while the two were seen chatting and having a good time, Aniston wanted to make sure all of her guests were happy. “They hugged and chatted for a bit, but Jen was busy making sure all of her other guests had an amazing time,” they said.

Could Pitt and Aniston possibly be getting back together?

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston | Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Could Pitt showing up to Aniston’s party be a sign of a rekindled romance? While fans of the couple have been rooting for a reconciliation for years, it’s unlikely it’ll happen. Entertainment Tonight notes Pitt was already in town, so there are doubts he’d go out of his way to attend. Not only that, but there have been rumors of an Aniston/Pitt reunion for years — but in the end, it always turns out the two have just remained great friends.

As a source told Entertainment Tonight, “They are friends and have supported each other through some tough times. They’ve come so far since their marriage and plan to stay friends for life.” And while the two have stayed in touch, another source told the publication that they are “absolutely not dating.”

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