The Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie love triangle intrigued the world in 2005 and continues to be one of the juiciest scandals in Hollywood even in the present day. Pitt and Aniston were dubbed as the American Sweethearts, an exemplar of a perfect marriage until the movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) happened.
Moreover, photos of Pitt and Jolie having a vacation in Kenya in 2005 with their son Maddox circulated online and shocked fans, even the Friends star was dumbfounded. This was Aniston's breaking point.
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In an interview with Vanity Fair, Murder Mystery actress Jennifer Aniston candidly spilled her heart and soul about her tragic split with Brad Pitt:
"I would be a robot if I said I didn't feel moments of anger, of hurt, of embarrassment… Who would deal with that and say, 'Isn't that sweet! That looks like fun!'? But sh*t happens. You joke and say, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'"
The scandal happened during the time Aniston believed she was pregnant. The aftershock of the divorce was even more excruciating than the break-up itself, lamenting how such a sensitive and intimate problem became the talk of the town:
"There are many stages of grief. It's sad, something coming to an end. It cracks you open, in a way—cracks you open to feeling. When you try to avoid the pain, it creates greater pain. I'm a human being, having a human experience in front of the world. I wish it weren't in front of the world. I try really hard to rise above it."
Aniston let herself feel the pain and go through the entire process of grieving and acceptance, but she also acknowledged the people who stuck by her during the darkest time of her life:
"Am I lonely? Yes. Am I upset? Yes. Am I confused? Yes. Do I have my days when I've thrown a little pity party for myself? Absolutely. But I'm also doing really well. I've got an unbelievable support team, and I'm a tough cookie.… I believe in therapy; I think it's an incredible tool in educating the self on the self. I feel very strong. I'm really proud of how I've conducted myself."
The actress eventually married Justin Theroux, but like her first marriage, it also ended disastrously in a divorce in 2018. Pitt and Jolie's relationship did not last as well after their separation in 2016.
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In an interview with Vogue in 2006, Salt actress Angelina Jolie shared what transpired between her and ex-husband Brad Pitt on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (via People):
"Brad was a huge surprise to me. I, like most people, had a very distant impression of him from the media. Because of the film, we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened. I think a few months in I realized, 'God, I can't wait to get to work.'"
The Tomb Raider star admitted that she had no intention of hurting Jennifer Aniston and that she and her ex-husband spent time contemplating their decisions. She revealed that things just unfolded on their own, and it showed both her and Pitt what they wanted in life:
"We just continued to take time. We remained very, very good friends – with this realization – for a long time, and then life developed in a way where we could be together."
The rest is history, as fans know it. As of 2023, the 54-year-old Aniston remains single, while Jolie spent her time taking care of her six children.
: Vanity Fair, Vogue via People
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