How did Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt break up? Five years after an extravagant Malibu wedding in 2000, and being considered one of Hollywood’s few successful couples, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston split in 2005. The breakup was announced on January 6, followed by Aniston filing for divorce on March 25. The divorce was finalized that October, quelling rumors of an alleged reconciliation.
Initially, gossip mags and celeb bloggers cited that the cause of the newsworthy split was all about the children. Brad wanted them; Jen didn’t. But Aniston formally denied this in a "Vanity Fair" interview from that same year, in which she admitted that she’d “always wanted to have children,” and would “never again give up that experience for a career.”
Speculation continued and reached new heights when Pitt was spotted by paparazzi with his "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" co-star, Angelina Jolie. Everyone’s suspicions took on slanderous undertones. Was Brad a cheater?
In January 2006, Jolie confessed to "People" that she was pregnant with Brad’s child, thereby confirming the public’s suspicions. However, both continued to deny that there had been an affair and Brad clearly denied any allegations of adultery.
Aniston seemed to move on, being linked to such studly celebs as Vince Vaughn and John Mayer, while Pitt and Jolie seemed to forge ahead. The public liked Aniston sans her hunky ex-beau, because she didn’t play the role of bitter and jilted lover. She still seemed like her sunny smiling self. And of course everyone loved the Pitt-Jolie pairing, giving them the long-lasting nickname, Brangelina.
Then, in an interview with "The New York Times" in October 2008, Angelina Jolie told journalist Mark Harris that she looks forward to the day when her children are old enough to watch "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," stating that “not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love.” This admission sparked controversy because the movie was filmed in 2004, while Pitt and Aniston were still very much married.
Aniston kept mostly quiet about the allegations, letting Jolie and Pitt bear the brunt of the tabloids. In an interview with "GQ" celebrating her fortieth birthday that December, she spoke off the record about her emotions regarding the whole ordeal. While her personal feelings were not printed, the magazine stated that “how Jen feels about Angelina is pretty much exactly how you’d think she feel,” leaving the final answer up in the air and up to the public to decide for itself.
Combating arguments that Aniston and Pitt continue to be at odds, Brad announced in a 2009 interview that he and his ex “check in with each other” from time to time. The truth is that there may not be one specific thing, one argument, one irreconcilable difference, that launched the couple into the land of divorce. Perhaps there is no super juicy scandalous reason behind the split. Maybe, unlike their notable and fame-filled lives, their relationship was rather normal, and like the majority of divorced couples in America, they just grew apart.