It was almost two decades ago, but fans still remember the time Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were a thing. Both of the actors' careers took off in the '90s, so fans were elated when they began dating. The couple went public with their relationship in 1998 and it wasn’t long before they took things to the next level. Jen and Brad were married in a lavish Malibu wedding in 2000, and for the next few years they seemed like the picture of perfection.
Needless to say, fans were more than surprised when the couple announced their intent to divorce in 2005. Shortly afterwards, photos were published showing Brad hanging out with his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star Angelina Jolie and her adopted son, leading fans to question if his new romance played a part in his divorce.
Brad and Ange went on to have six kids following his divorce. They eventually married in 2014 but divorced two short years later amidst much drama. And ever since Brangelina’s divorce and custody battle has played out in the headlines, the media couldn’t help but drag Jen into it.
Keep reading to see the facts most fans don’t know about Brad and Jen’s short-lived marriage…. And what their relationship looked like afterwards!
20 They Almost Got Back Together A Few Years Ago
Last year, fans went into a frenzy when reports said Jen and Brad were considering giving things another try now that their divorces were finalized.
“Brad and Jen are itching to get their respective divorces finalized so they can get on with this incredible new phase of their lives,” a source told In Touch, adding that the two were thinking of moving in together. “Brad and Jen want a fresh start after finding each other again,” the insider continued. “This time they’re going to get it right.”
Although the rumours of the two getting back together continue to this day, considering that they’ve never formally announced a reconciliation, we doubt that anything is official.
19 They Could Never Agree On Having Kids
The topic of kids was always a relevant one while Brad and Jennifer were married. Many sources claimed the couple couldn’t agree on expanding their family - and the former couple has hinted at it, too. "I always thought two or three children, but Brad's definitely seven. He loves the idea of a huge family," Jennifer told Vanity Fair in 2001.
Given that Brad went on to have six children and Jen has had none despite remarrying, it does seem plausible that they couldn’t agree about kids. Though Jen seemed open to the idea in interviews while married to Brad, since then she’s taken a stauncher stance on the fact that she doesn’t want to be a mom.
18 But They Considered Adoption At One Point
Both before and during their marriage, baby rumours couldn’t stop following Brad and Jen. The public was intensely curious about when the couple would expand their family. One report that came out in 2000 claimed the couple was actually considering adoption. Given that Brad went on to adopt three kids with his second wife, this rumour doesn’t sound that far-fetched.
“She suggested to Brad that they consider adopting their first child and he agreed,” a source said at the time, OK! Magazine reports. “They both know there will be plenty of time to have their own babies later. There was no disagreement about adopting a baby. Brad's very much a family man and can't wait to have a child of his own.”
17 They Argued On Their Wedding Day
Perhaps a telltale sign that Brad and Jen’s marriage was doomed from the begining was the fact that the couple was bickering on their wedding day. Director James Gray, who attended the elaborate ceremony in 2000, said that the two were arguing about Brad’s smoking habit.
“Jennifer was telling him to wear his patch,” Gray told People. “She’s trying to get him not to smoke, but she smokes. He says, ‘Don’t smoke either, honey!’ and she says, ‘Well you quit first!’ They’re perfect together.”
However, the director didn’t see it as a bad sign. Rather, of the couple he said, “They finish each other’s sentences—they’re two peas in a pod.”
16 They May Have Tried For A Baby Post-Divorce
Although Brad now shares six children with his ex-wife Angelina, when reports began circulating last year that he and Jen may have been rekindling things, questions followed as to whether the exes were going to try and have their own kids together.
Just last October, a source told In Touch that Jen and Brad were actually expecting - seriously! "Jen and Brad are overjoyed," the insider explained. "Brad and Jen had their share of problems when they were married the first time, especially when it came to having children."
"As far as the baby is concerned, from what I've heard, Jen got pregnant naturally with Brad. It just happened - no IVF or anything," they continued. "It's a true miracle baby."
However, considering a baby announcement never came, we’d say it was a false alarm.
15 Jen Admits They Were Constantly Fighting
Given how their marriage ended, many fans assume there were plenty of heated moments between Jen and Brad before they called it quits. However, it sounds like arguing had become commonplace between the couple during their marriage. In 2003, Jen wasn’t shy to tell W Magazine that the two of them often had disagreements.
"Well, we have discussions," she explained. "I am not a fan of fighting when it is screaming. I like accomplishing something. But I don't trust a couple that says they don't fight." We wonder if she thinks fighting is healthy for couples now!
14 Brad Felt Depressed During Their Marriage
Though both Jen and Brad have only said a few select things about each other following their divorce, Brad has hinted that he was going through a difficult time in his personal life when they married, which contributed to their problems.
“I spent the '90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony. I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out,” he told Parade Magazine in 2011. “It started feeling pathetic. It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn’t living an interesting life myself.”
He added, “I think that my marriage [to actress Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t.”
13 Jen: First Year Of Marriage Was The 'Hardest Year Of My Life'
Most couples assume that they’ll be in a honeymoon stage for at least a few years following their wedding. But it sounds like reality hit Jen and Brad hard, as the actress revealed their first year of marriage was one of the hardest years she had ever endured. Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising, then, that their marriage ended so badly.
"This has been the hardest year of my life, as well as the best year of my life," she told Vanity Fair in 2001. "Marriage brings up all the things I pushed to the back-burner—the fears, the mistrust, the doubts, the insecurities. It's like opening Pandora's box. Every question comes out—it's like: 'Here's the key, [go] at it!'"
12 They Went Through A Miscarriage
Back in 2002, Jennifer was involved in a minor car accident. Although many fans forget this small detail, back when the news was still relevant, sources said the accident caused the star to endure a miscarriage.
"Jen said she's enjoying the thought that at any moment she could be expecting," a source said at the time, Ok! Magazine reports. "That's why her first thoughts on the morning she was hit were of the baby she hoped she was carrying. She felt true maternal instincts rush over her — concern for the life inside her."
Neither Brad nor Jen has publicly confirmed if they experienced a miscarriage. But given how personal a topic this is, it’s not surprising they would keep something like this private.
11 Their Friends Couldn’t Tell They Had Problems
To fans, Brad and Jen looked like the picture-perfect couple. And it sounds like that’s the way they came across to their friends, too. Many famous people expressed their surprise following the demise of the relationship, especially since no one could tell the couple was having any issues.
For example, Jen’s Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow told Rolling Stone in 1999, "There's not a lot to say about them because there [are] no problems. They’re both light years ahead of themselves. You know how your grandparents have a certain perspective about life? They've got that now."
10 While Married, Jen Said He Wasn’t The Love Of Her Life
Jennifer made a pretty surprising statement in 2003 when she revealed she didn’t consider Brad the love of her life - despite marrying him only a few years earlier!
"Is he the love of my life? I think you're always sort of wondering, 'Are you the love of my life?'" she told W Magazine. "I mean, I don't know, I've never been someone who says, 'He's the love of my life.' He's certainly a big love in my life. I know that we have something special, especially in all this chaos."
The actress continued, "In this nutty, brilliant, wonderful, hard business that we have, it's nice to have somebody who's anchored and knows you, really knows all of you."
9 Brad Cried On Their Wedding Day
Nowadays, many fans question just how in love Brad was with Jen, given how fast he moved on with Angelina Jolie. But by the sounds of it, the actor was completely head-over-heels in love with his soon-to-be wife on their wedding day. Back in 2001, Jen revealed that Brad actually cried when she walked down the aisle.
"I had those typical jitters the day before my wedding," she told Rolling Stone. "But the day of, I was just excited in a good way. The nice thing about weddings now is it's not just a chick thing. It's a team effort. The stereotype used to be men grumbling, like, 'Why are you making me do this?' There's nothing more moving than seeing a man cry at his own wedding."
8 Jen Disliked Talking About Their Relationship
Jen and Brad were extremely private when it came to their high-profile romance. They routinely refused to discuss details of their relationship with the media. And even when they divorced amidst so much talk, neither one of them gave a reason for it or spoke ill of the other to the media.
One time, Jen made it explicitly clear just how much she disliked discussing their relationship publicly. "I can't talk about it," she told Rolling Stone in 1999. "I'm sorry. I'm not withholding, just preserving something that's mine."
The actress added, "I'll just tell you that this is the happiest time of my life—that I'm happier than I've ever been. I'm not saying why, it's for a lot of reasons: work, love, family, just life—all of it."
7 They’ve Always Denied The Brangelina Rumours
To say there was a lot of curiosity surrounding the reason why Brad and Jen decided to divorce would be an understatement. Fans were determined to learn why their favourite Hollywood couple was calling it quits. And given how quickly Brad began dating his co-star Angelina Jolie afterwards, many fans assumed she played a role.
Nonetheless, Brad and Jen have said numerous times there was nothing truthful to the media reports. "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," the ex-couple said in a statement while announcing their divorce, as Metro reports.
6 Jen Has Stayed In Touch With Brad’s Mom
Although there was definitely bad blood between her and Brad at one point, it sounds like Jen has always maintained a good relationship with her former parents-in-law, Bill and Jane Pitt. So much so that when rumours began circulating last year that Jen and Brad may be getting back together, sources said his mom was actually pushing for a reunion.
"Jane's always had a special kinship with Jen and was instrumental in [her] getting back together with Brad," a source told In Touch. "Jen stayed in touch with Jane after she and Brad divorced 13 years ago."
The source added that Brad’s mom prefers that Jen is more “down-to-earth” than his other ex-wife Angelina.
5 He Attended Her 50th Birthday Party
Despite being divorced for over a decade, Brad was in attendance at Jen’s 50th birthday party earlier this year. It’s unclear why or who invited the actor, but his appearance led to rumours that the exes were rekindling their flame.
"Someone extended the invitation to Brad to come to Jen's party and he accepted. He wanted to support Jen and it was a momentous occasion," a source told E! News.
"Every single person who loves Jen attended. That included Brad," a different source told People. "The party was a celebration of Jen's life. Brad, for long, was a very important part of Jen's life. She debated back and forth with friends if she should invite him."
4 Jen Says Brad Is 'Missing A Sensitivity Chip'
Mere months after they announced their divorce, Brad was photographed spending time with his new girlfriend Angelina and her son Maddox (who he’d later adopt). The timing was pretty poor and fans weren’t the only ones to notice.
During her first post-divorce interview, Jennifer told Vanity Fair that her ex was missing "a sensitivity chip."
"I can't say it was one of the highlights of my year," Jen admitted. "Who would deal with that and say, 'Isn't that sweet! That looks like fun!?' But [stuff] happens. You joke and say, 'What doesn't [hurt] you makes you stronger.'"
3 Brad Regrets How He Treated Jennifer
The media definitely painted Brad as the bad guy during his divorce from Jen and it sounds like he agrees with that characterization. Earlier this year, after reports that Brad attended his ex’s 50th birthday party, sources said he was finally regretting how he treated Jen leading up to their divorce.
“[Brad] doesn’t like to dwell on the past [but he] […] of course wishes he’d handled the end of their marriage in a more thoughtful manner,” an insider explained to Us Weekly. “He asked for Jen’s forgiveness a long time ago and she gave it.”
The source added that the actor reached out to his ex to offer an apology following his divorce from Angelina Jolie.
2 They Still Text Each Other
Not only did Brad attend Jen’s most recent birthday and offer her an apology, but it turns out these exes have been regularly communicating for years (even while he was still married to Ange!). This makes it clear that their drama is totally water under the bridge.
“For well over a decade now they have lived totally separate lives and so not surprisingly, they have become totally different people than who they once were when they were together,” a source told People last year.
“They […] [send] an occasional text back and forth to wish each other the best when there’s been a new project or big event,” the insider continued.
1 Jen Considers Their Marriage A 'Success'
There are definitely no hard feelings here!
Many fans assume that Jen’s divorce from Brad has got to be a sore spot given how everything went down. But the actress surprised everyone when she recently admitted that she considers both of her marriages (her divorce from Justin Theroux was finalized last year) successes.
"My marriages, they’ve been very successful, in [my] personal opinion," Jen told Elle. "And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn’t exist within that arrangement anymore. "
Sources: People, E! News, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Elle, In Touch