And where was Brad Pitt’s love life before he met Jennifer Aniston? Well, before these two got together, Brad had been connected to a number of women. As his career was beginning, he began dating Shalane McCall, who was 9 years his junior.
He then dated British singer Sinitta, actresses Robin Givens, Christina Applegate, Jill Schoelen, Juliette Lewis, Geena Davis, Julia Ormond, Thandie Newton, Claire Forlani, and Gwyneth Paltrow (before meeting Jennifer Aniston). Judging by some of the names on this list and his future relationship with Angelina Jolie, Brad must have a thing for his co-stars!
Brad Pitt — Trouble Brewing
People started suspecting something was shaky when Jen gave a certain interview. After the interviewer said that Brad Pitt was “the love of her life”, Jen responded with “is he the love of my life?”
She went on to say that he was a “big love” in her life but that she isn’t one to say “he’s the love of my life”. She then complimented Brad as someone who grounds her and really knows her. While some assumed that she is giving room in her life for the love of friends and family, a few red flags were raised.
Brad Pitt — The Fallout
From remarks like these, it appeared as though Jen and Brad’s relationship had begun to fall apart slowly. Despite hints at trouble between the two, in interviews, she continued to share how she and Brad were “meant to be” and of their plans of starting a family. She even gushed about how she hoped to travel with him in the future.
But internal trouble proved to be too much. From the outside, it appeared that Brad’s relationship with Angelina Jolie was what ultimately split the couple up. Brad and Jen announced their separation in January of 2005.
Life After Brad
After Jen and Brad’s relationship ended, Brad moved on with Angelina Jolie. But what about Jen? She didn’t disappear from the spotlight or sink into depression, at least not for long. She moved forward. She admitted to Vanity Fair that after her divorce she was “lonely”, “upset” and “confused” (understandably) but that she wouldn’t let it keep her down.
She dove hard into growing and maintaining her friendships as well as a slew of films that only made her even more of a household name. Jen became a model for how to not let a breakup derail your personal progress.
Just Friends With Brad?
These days, after all of the past drama and heartbreak, it seems that Jen and Brad have been able to leave the past behind. But, reportedly, it wasn’t always this way. Soon after their separation, Brad was openly in a relationship with Angelina Jolie, going so far as to appear with her in W Magazine.
Yet, years later and after his divorce from Angelina Jolie, fans were wide-eyed when Brad and Jen had a warm (and somewhat flirtatious) rapport between them. But "Braniston" fans can take comfort in knowing that the two are now just on very good terms.