Like most of you, I was pretty devastated to learn that Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt were getting a divorce after two years of marriage, but six kids and a whole lot of history. Celebrity relationships on the whole feel hollow and short-lived, and in a year where we'd already lost the likes of Alan Rickman, Prince and David Bowie, we just wanted something to believe in. We did not get it in Brangelina.
But longtime fans of Brad Pitt may not have been so surprised; a little over a decade earlier, a similar breakup had occurred, which sent similar shockwaves across the showbiz world. So, back in the year 2000, Brad Pitt married a little-known sitcom actress by the name of Jennifer Aniston. No worries if you've never heard of her.
But then, Pitt met Jolie on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith in 2004, and soon, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston split, and Brad Pitt soon shacked up with Angelina Jolie. It's no secret that Jolie had a huge part to play in the eventual breakup of Brad and Jen, but as the dust settles on her own relationship with Pitt, Jolie has opened the lid on her feelings over Jennifer Aniston.
After being involved in one of the highest-profile celebrity breakups of the early 2000s, you'd forgive Angelina Jolie for a little bit of guilt at playing homewrecker, but a source close to Jolie says that nope: Jolie still has no bad feelings over what happened with Jennifer Aniston.
"Angelina has many regrets after leaving Brad, but one thing she has never felt terrible about was any bad feelings Jen Aniston may have towards her," says the source, but while it sounds a little bit harsh, can you really blame her? Brad, after all, remained faithful to Jennifer Aniston until the pair split.
Jolie did admit in 2006, however, that there had been feelings that weren't acted on for a while concerning Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - they'd reportedly fallen for each other all the way back in 2004 - Aniston and Pitt divorcing in 2005.
Jolie, however, did have a few regrets with her now ex-husband following their long relationship together, revealed the source. Turns out, she had bigger fish to fry than to be too concerned about how Brad's ex was taking the whole thing. Which is fair enough, I guess.
"Angelina wonders how she could have communicated with Brad more, or how she could have helped him battle his demons better. So many things Angelina questions and/or feels regretful about concerning their relationship still haunt her, but she never worries about how her relationship or divorce may have affected Jen. Angelina simply never really worries or ever really thinks about Jen."
When we talk about Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston, maybe it's a lot more appealing to think of them as two women fighting over the same hunk. But talking to both of them about their relationships with Brad Pitt, Jolie and Aniston seem to want to put it all behind them. Can't blame them, really.