Brad Pitt has reportedly turned to an unexpected source of comfort in the wake of his bitter divorce from Angelina Jolie – his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston! According to an insider close to Jen, Brad tapped several layers of Hollywood contacts to secure the Friends’ alum’s number so he could send her a happy 48th birthday text last month. Now the exes – who divorced in 2005 – are reportedly back on friendly terms.
“They started talking once he wished her a happy birthday,” a source told US Weekly, who claims Brad went through a “tangled web” of contacts in order to personally reach out to Jen.
It’s believed the War Machine star then “confided in Jen” about his ongoing custody battle over his six children, Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. “Brad told her he’s having a hard time with his split and they exchanged a few texts reminiscing about the past,”’ the source added.
While Brad’s personal life lies in tatters after he was accused and subsequently cleared of child abuse allegations, the same can’t be said for the ex he sensationally dumped for Angelina 12 years ago. Jen – who remarried in 2015 after a decade as Hollywood’s most famous divorcée – is clearly smitten with her husband Justin Theroux.
The loved-up pair recently spent her birthday on a romantic getaway in her favourite beach spot, Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. And, just in case Brad was in any doubt about who the main man in Jen’s life is these days, Justin posted a rare couples’ selfie from the sun-soaked paradise, captioning the Instagram "HBDJ XO" (Happy Birthday, Darling Jen) and added a heart emoji.
JEN PREGNANCY RUMOURS
In fact, Jen is positively glowing in her guy’s company – so much so that it’s sparked yet more baby rumours. Bizarrely, Jen was even ‘outted’ as pregnant with a baby girl by Paris Hilton’s mum Kathy, who tweeted after Jen’s recent Oscars appearance: "Jennifer Aniston looks so beautiful tonight. I am telling you she is having a baby girl. 100 per cent!” The tweet has since been deleted but not before it was shut down by Jen’s camp who slammed the socialite. “Shame on her,” said an insider. “It’s so rude.”
Baby rumours aside, pals say Jen and Justin are rock solid after six years together and, according to those in the know, it’ll take more than a few texts from Jen’s ex to rattle this strong relationship. “Justin is OK with [Jen and Brad] being friends,” an insider spilled, adding, “He knows Jen just wants to be nice.”
Jen is even said to have personally congratulated Brad after Moonlight, which he produced, won Best Picture at the Oscars. “She absolutely loved the film and knew Brad was the one behind it,” a source revealed.
ANGE IS ANGRY
Not everyone is as chilled as Justin about the Brad-Jen reunion: Ange is reportedly reeling from the news, with insiders spilling that the mum-of-six is furious. “It stings for Angelina to know that Brad still thinks about Jen and wants to stay connected to her,” an insider told Hollywoodlife.com. “Angelina is frustrated, confused, annoyed and hurt that Brad would reach out to Jen so soon after breaking up with her,” the source added.
Jen was reportedly Ange’s Achilles heel throughout her 12-year marriage, so it’s a bitter pill to swallow that he’s run straight to her in his hour of need. “Even though Angie is one of the most stunningly beautiful women in the world she’s also quite jealous and insecure. She really wanted Brad to distance himself from Jen completely after he left her,” a source said, adding, “No matter how much Brad reassured her, deep down Angie always feared he would go back to her.”
News of the Brad-Jen reunion comes amid reports that Ange is already feeling increasingly locked-out of Hollywood’s inner echelons since filing for divorce from Brad. After Brad’s surprise appearance at The Golden Globes was met with a standing ovation from his peers, insiders claim Ange’s reputation is now so muddied that she is even having trouble getting a publicist to work with her. “Hiring a PR person now is like going for a check-up at the doctor after you’ve already had the heart attack,” Hollywood divorce lawyer Raoul Felder recently told Page Six. “The real skill would have been avoiding the PR problem to begin with… Angelina has used her kids for years, and used the UN, for her own benefit. Now, even with great PR, her image issues are not going to go away.”
No doubt fuelling Ange’s anger is the fact that Jen remains Hollywood’s golden girl, recently presenting the In Memoriam segment at the Oscars. In a recent interview with the BBC, Ange spoke publicly about the divorce for the first time, admitting it’s been a “difficult time”.