Brad Pitt has reportedly been helping Jennifer Aniston in the wake of her split from Justin Theroux - but strictly as a friend.
Jennifer and Justin announced their split last month, after less than three years of marriage.
While the reasons behind their separation have not been made public, sources close to the couple say distance played a huge part, with Jennifer living in California and Justin in New York.
Friends have rallied around to support the actress following her second marriage split, including her ex-husband Brad, sources reveal.
"Everyone would love to see Brad and Jen get back together - it would be the perfect fairy tale. But there aren't any signs of that happening. For the moment it's baby steps, but they are forming a friendship again," an insider told Britain's Closer magazine.
Brad and Jennifer shocked the showbiz world in 2005 when they ended their union, despite seeming like a rock-solid couple. Not long after, Brad began dating Angelina Jolie, who he met on the set of 2005 movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
They went on to marry, but Angelina filed for divorce in 2016.
"After going through a painful marriage breakdown himself, Brad understands what Jen's dealing with and he's been an incredible support," the source continued. "He's been texting, giving her advice on how to stay positive with various techniques he has used.
"He's also been making her laugh - something Jen said she hasn't done for a long time. She feels like she's ready to let him back into her life as friends."