Jennifer Aniston wanted to have kids with Pitt, but she had no idea that her husband was developing feelings for his co-star Angelina Jolie.
Love can be a funny thing at times. You believe that your relationship is ready to go to the next level, but it probably isn't. Jennifer Aniston strongly believed that she was ready to take her relationship with Brad Pitt to the next level and start a family because they had been together for a while. In an interview with Guardian in February 2004, the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. actress expressed her desire to have kids and start a family with her husband, Brad Pitt. She said it was time for them to take the next step in their marriage.
"It's time. It's time. You know, I think you can work with a baby, I think you can work pregnant, I think you can do all of it. So I'm just truly looking forward to slowing down," said the actress. She then added that she really wanted to spend more time with her husband in the coming days. "I'll have finished F.R.I.E.N.D.S. by the end of January, he'll be finishing [Mr. and Mrs. Smith, opposite Angelina Jolie,] at the end of February. Then he starts Ocean's Twelve. So I, thankfully, will be able to go and travel with him while he's doing that," said Aniston. She was evidently looking forward to a great life together.
Little did she know that her husband was out there, falling for Jolie while they worked together on Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Pitt met Jolie on the sets of the movie in May and soon enough, rumors about their affair began making the rounds. However, Aniston stuck with Pitt and dissed the rumors, not knowing that it was the truth. But, you can't really hide the truth for long, and in 2005, after the movie was done, Brad Pitt and Jeniffer Aniston announced their split. "We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate. 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. We ask in advance for your kindness and sensitivity in the coming months," said the couple in a combined statement, according to Marie Claire. Just months into Pitt's and Aniston's divorce, Angelina Jolie revealed how she actually felt while working with Brad Pitt. "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," she said. "I think a few months in I realized, 'God, I can’t wait to get to work'."
"We just found a lot of joy in it together and a lot of real teamwork. We just became kind of a pair. And it took until, really, the end of the shoot for us, I think, to realize that it might mean something more than we’d earlier allowed ourselves to believe. And both knowing that the reality of that was a big thing, something that was going to take a lot of serious consideration," said the Jolie. This evidently left Aniston heartbroken, whole told Vanity Fair about her feeling of pain and betrayal. "Brad is not mean-spirited; he would never intentionally try to rub something in my face. In hindsight, I can see him going, 'Oh—I can see that that was inconsiderate.' But I know Brad. Brad would say, 'That’s art!' There’s a sensitivity chip that’s missing," said Aniston.
Once their divorce was finalized, Aniston revealed to Vogue that what hurt the most was the fact that Pitt had fallen in love with Jolie while he was married to Aniston. "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," said the 51-year-old. However, this is all in the past, and a lot has happened since then. Pitt and Jolie have gone their separate ways, and he's even apologized to Aniston for the mistakes he did. The two of them are thick friends now!