Jennifer Aniston made a lot of headlines after her appearance at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. For not only did she win an Outstanding Performance award, she was also photographed backstage with her ex-husband Brad Pitt. You see, it was the first time the two had been spotted together for a while, and rumors about their relationship instantly began to spread.
Now, both Aniston and Pitt were up for major awards at the SAGs, and both won. Yes, Aniston picked up a statuette for her acclaimed performance in The Morning Show. Meanwhile, Pitt received an Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role gong for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. So things were, safe to say, quite emotionally charged that night.
And naturally, both were dressed to the nines. For Aniston wore a figure-hugging white silk Dior gown that some commentators thought was quite reminiscent of a wedding dress. While Pitt also happened to wear white, albeit in a much more casual way. Yes, he had on a white shirt (with no tie) underneath a black suit jacket.
Furthermore, some fans watching the show live observed that Aniston’s outfit didn’t really leave much to the imagination. And while others complained that she should have been wearing more underwear, some were impressed. One person tweeted, “Jennifer Aniston wearing a white dress with no bra while Brad Pitt is in the room is the mood I’m going for in 2020.”
Somewhat crucially to this story, there were tiny “Braniston” moments captured by the SAG cameras all through the night. When Pitt picked up his award for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood he joked, “Let’s be honest, it was a difficult part: a guy who gets high, takes his shirt off, and doesn’t get on with his wife – it was a big stretch.” The camera briefly cut to Aniston applauding.
And later on, Pitt was caught on camera watching Aniston win her award for The Morning Show. Yes, he was backstage watching the event on a big screen, and he looked pretty impressed. According to reporters who were there, Pitt murmured the words “oh wow” as Aniston went up on stage.
Touchingly, Aniston gave an insightful speech while picking up the award. For she said of herself and the The Morning Show cast, “Boy did we get to dive deep into our own experiences and our own history and really be able to breathe life into these extraordinary characters. Who knew emotional breakdowns felt that good?”
Not long after, though, journalists informed Aniston that Pitt had been watching her onstage, to which she reacted with a surprised “No!” In fact, ET Canada asked her how it felt to have Pitt’s support, and she replied, “It means everything. We all grew up together. This whole room. Their performances move me and excite me!” Plus, she added that Pitt was welcome to cameo on The Morning Show.
But interviews before the SAGs indicated that Pitt had planned to see his ex-wife there. For you see, while at the Golden Globes, which took place before the SAGs in January 2020, Pitt told Entertainment Tonight he hoped to run into Aniston sometime, saying “She’s a good friend.”
And there was an interesting moment of Pitt-Aniston interaction during the Globes too, although the two weren’t face-to-face. After Pitt’s witty speech upon collecting a Best Supporting Actor award, Aniston was reportedly grinning and clapping. According to an apparent insider who spoke to E! News, she had a “huge smile on her face.”
Also, the E! News insider alleged that Pitt and Aniston did meet at the Globes afterparty but briefly and with no cameras present. The source claimed, “They said hello very quickly. Jen arrived after Brad. It was brief, but [they] were very cordial and friendly and seemed happy to be there.”
As you might guess, Pitt and Aniston have a complicated history. For they first got together all the way back in 1998, when their respective agents set them up on a date. And for a while, they looked like a golden couple. Both were successful in their careers, incredibly rich, and, of course, good-looking. And by July 2000 they were married.
Yet their marriage didn’t last that long. For in 2004 Pitt headed off to do the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. And while there, he fell for his beautiful co-star Angelina Jolie. On this note, one of the most famous love triangles in Hollywood history was born and the Pitt-Aniston union simply could not survive it.
As a result, in January 2005 the pair officially split. And they released a joint statement which sounded amicable. It read, “For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any of the speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration. We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another.”
And yet, as Pitt and Jolie continued their relationship, Aniston had some things to say. Asked in September 2005 about a Pitt-Jolie photoshoot for W magazine, Aniston told Vanity Fair, “Brad is not mean-spirited; he would never intentionally try to rub something in my face… But I know Brad. Brad would say, ‘That’s art!’ There’s a sensitivity chip that’s missing.” And judging by a Jolie interview not long after, she may have had a point.
For you see, Jolie commented on her relationship with new-man Pitt when speaking to Vogue magazine in 2006. She said, “Because of the film we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened. I think a few months in I realized, ‘God, I can’t wait to get to work.’”
Unsurprisingly, Aniston was not happy with Jolie’s words, and she told Vogue that herself come 2008. She said, “There was stuff printed there that was definitely from a time when I was unaware that it was happening. I felt those details were a little inappropriate to discuss. That stuff about how she couldn’t wait to get to work every day? That was really uncool.”
But things moved on. And in September 2014 Pitt and Jolie got married in a quiet ceremony, all six of their children taking part. Then a year after that, Aniston married her boyfriend, actor Justin Theroux, in August 2015. Everything seemed fine. However, there would be more twists in the tale to come. Indeed, just two years after marrying him, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt.
And after that, rumors spread that Pitt, now single, was seeking to get back with his ex-wife. According to an alleged source who spoke to Us Weekly magazine, Pitt had tracked down Aniston’s cell phone number. Then, he “told her he’s having a hard time with his split and they exchanged a few texts reminiscing about the past.”
Unfortunately, the Aniston-Theroux marriage came to an end not long after the Pitt-Jolie one. The pair released a joint statement reading, “We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”
With both Pitt and Aniston single again, several people took to Twitter to joke about whether the pair would get back together. But as time went on, nothing happened. Then in February 2019 Pitt was spotted going to Aniston’s birthday party, but a source told E! News the exes weren’t “dating or on that path.”
However, the pair’s encounter at the 2020 SAGs sparked a massive wave of speculation. For it was the first time in a long while that they had been seen looking so pleased to see each other. You see, the exes smiled, hugged, and even briefly held hands. For fans of the ex-couple, it was an absolutely thrilling moment.
In fact, people went absolutely wild on Twitter. One person wrote, “It’s finally happened. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston gave the masses the Kodak moment they’ve been waiting for.” And Rumer Willis, the daughter of Bruce Willis who played one of Aniston’s love interests on Friends, wrote “My tender heart can’t take this.”
So could the pair really be getting back together? Some people certainly seemed to think so, but Pitt himself remained stoic. At the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Entertainment Tonight asked him about the fan reaction to the Aniston moment, and he responded, “I don’t know. I’m blissfully naïve and I’m gonna stay that way.”
And an alleged source on the inside informed People magazine that month, “Jen was happy for Brad. They congratulated each other and that was it… She is happy to have Brad back in her life as a friend, but that’s it.” Also, they were adamant that Aniston was “not dating Brad.” Still, that didn’t stop body language experts having their say.
No, because they pored over the Aniston-Pitt SAG photos, looking for anything that might yield more clues to their relationship. And Patti Wood, the writer of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, told The Oprah Magazine what she saw in the pictures.
Indeed, Wood said that she believed Aniston and Pitt were making a “deep connection” in the moments they spent together. As she went on to explain, “His award is in his hand, but he holds it low, below his waist. What’s important to him is her.” And as for Aniston, “Her chest sways slightly from him at the heart. She cares for him, but is protecting her heart connection.”
Now, one of the people who took the snaps, Emma McIntyre of Getty Images, talked to GQ magazine about what she’d witnessed. She said, “I was about to leave when I saw Brad coming down the hallway and sensed that there would be a photo-worthy moment. He called out ‘Aniston!’ and she turned around and they embraced and congratulated each other.”
And McIntyre went on, “It was a moment of two accomplished people at the top of their game acknowledging each other’s successes and genuinely seeming happy to see one another. The moment was really touching and you could sense the respect between two people who’ve known each other 20-plus years and are both outstanding in their field.”
But insider sources claimed that there was something else going on. And an alleged source told The Mirror, “I don’t think she’s ever really stopped loving him, even though he broke her heart when he left her for Angelina Jolie. It has taken a long time but she has forgiven him for everything – forgiveness has been a big part of them moving on.”
Furthermore, sources alleged to The Mirror that Aniston and Pitt were going on dates together and had a “secret tryst” during Christmas. And a different “insider” said, “All (Brad) can talk about is Jen. They have reignited their romance and I haven’t seen either of them this happy in years.” Sounds like a Hollywood fairytale all of a sudden, doesn’t it?
But one person who actually was an insider also seemed to be on board the Pitt-Aniston relationship train. You see, after the SAG awards fans noticed that Courteney Cox – Aniston’s Friends co-star and real-life best friend – had “liked” a tweet. And it wasn’t just any tweet. In fact, it read that Pitt and Aniston “still love each other, no doubt.”
However, there was still a strong sense of opposition to the idea of Pitt and Aniston getting back together. You see, The Daily Beast published an article titled “Jen, Don’t Do It! Why Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt Should Never Get Back Together.” And in it writer Alaina Demopoulos declared, “Jen is better off without him. And we are better off without the dream of them reuniting.” Yet speculation persisted.
And on January 28 an anonymous source alleged to Heat magazine, “They wanted to send a clear message: they love each other very deeply, and this new connection they share is growing stronger all the time. It has taken them both a long time to pluck up the courage to be pictured together like this and now it has happened they can take things to the next level.”
That same day, a “Hollywood matchmaker” with reported connections to Aniston spoke to The Sun newspaper about the SAGs moment. And Amber Kelleher-Andrews declared, “[Pitt] could not keep his eyes off her – and then later it appeared he did not want her to leave his side. Everyone around them is rooting for them to reunite.”
What’s more, Kelleher-Andrews went on to say that the divorces of both stars were a factor, explaining, “Brad, now divorced from his second wife sees what monumental dignity and character Jen possesses. He couldn’t possibly have known how important those two characteristics are until now. He appreciates them greatly.”
Another twist in the tale soon came out: apparently Aniston and Pitt had begun sharing the same style team. Yes, Aniston’s stylists are Nina and Clare Hallworth – who apparently helped find her beautiful white dress for the SAGs. But recently they had started collaborating with Pitt as well, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
That’s right, and according to those in the know such a thing wouldn’t have been possible without approval from Aniston. For a person described as an “A-list star stylist” told The Hollywood Reporter on January 29, “Out of respect, I am sure they got approval. And out of respect for them, I am sure [Aniston] gave it!”
So far, neither Pitt or Aniston have flat-out denied rumors that they’re getting back together. But perhaps they feel that they shouldn’t have to. For almost all the accompanying speculation about their SAG awards moment has come from anonymous sources. And according to yet another insider, the pair aren’t taking the rumors seriously.
“Jen frequently gets photographed, so she was conscious of avoiding Brad because, while she has always adored him, she never wanted to start any rumors,” the source told Entertainment Tonight after the SAGs. They added, “She didn’t realize how huge of a reaction the public would have to them. They both have laughed a bit about it.” So while a Hollywood fairytale seems unlikely, one thing’s for sure – the attention certainly hasn’t done their public profiles any harm.