Although Hollywood romances tend to come and go like fleeting fashions, a couple's story occasionally touches millions' hearts. Former Hollywood power couple Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are prime examples. Aniston has shown incredible strength and resilience by continuing to have Pitt in her life after their highly publicized divorce and Pitt's subsequent affair with Angelina Jolie.
The late '90s began Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's romance. Due to their obvious attraction, they announced their engagement in 1999 and tied the knot in a lavish ceremony the following year. They were the poster couple for a five-year happy marriage, winning people's hearts worldwide.
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On the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2004, however, rumors began circulating that Pitt was having an affair with his co-star, Angelina Jolie. This cast a dark cloud over their happily ever after. Jennifer Aniston was caught in the eye of the media storm that erupted over the rumored affair between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Shortly after, Aniston and Pitt filed for divorce after their relationship was confirmed. The couple also released a joint statement announcing their separation.
"We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate. For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any of the speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration. We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another. We ask in advance for your kindness and sensitivity in the coming months."
There was a lot of sadness, letdown, and scrutiny during that time. Aniston displayed poise and dignity under pressure, managing the emotional upheaval without losing her bearings.
Jennifer Aniston worked to put her life back together while news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's high-profile relationship dominated headlines. She eventually married actor Justin Theroux, her second love.
Their marriage, however, was fraught with difficulties and ultimately ended in divorce. Aniston never let her difficult past hold her back, instead becoming a role model for others. A surprising change occurred amid Brad Pitt's stormy relationship with Jolie.
The two were able to patch things up and move on from their differences with Aniston and Pitt. Fans were buzzing about their on-screen chemistry after their flirtatious virtual table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High for charity and their interactions at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Aniston chose to move past the hurt caused by Pitt's infidelity and start a new chapter with her ex-husband.