Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt called quits on their relationship in 2005.
Jennifer Aniston is not only a talented actress but also a woman of great character and courage. The actress who was married to Brad Pitt did not speak a word against him when the whole world accused him of cheating her with Angelina Jolie.
Even after their infamous divorce, Aniston chose to believe Pitt and refused to be labeled as a victim. In her first interview after her split from Pitt in 2005, the actress stated, "I choose to believe my husband. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised by anything, but I would much rather choose to believe him," alluding to the betrayal rumors, according to Vanity Fair.
The gossips about Pitt's affair with Jolie started when he began shooting with her for the 2005 movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Sources at the time claimed that the two actors shared a special bond and relationship. Their off-screen closeness quickly caught the eyes of the press. Tabloids sold every bit of information and misinformation about the couple, making it the hot topic of its time. While the rumors only gained momentum with time, Aniston remained supportive of Pitt without doubting him for a second.
However, soon after, the couple announced their split. They released a joint statement saying, "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," according to Marie Claire.
Though they clarified that the split was not a result of the speculations going around in the media, the tabloids continued their narrative.
In her interview with Vanity Fair, Aniston opened up about the aftermath of the split. “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," said the actress.
The Just Go With It actress also admitted that she had her bad days. She said, “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."
She added, "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.”
But Aniston was not ready to blame her former partner for the fall of their relationship.
"Relationships are two people; everyone is accountable. A lot goes into a relationship coming together, and a lot goes into a relationship falling apart," she said.
After their divorce, Aniston and Pitt led separate lives, with little to no contact with each other. However, after Pitt's split from Jolie, the former partners reconnected. They rekindled their lost love for each other and decided to be good friends.
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