With Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt's various red carpet appearances this month, you'd be forgiven for thinking we were back in 2003. But no, you don't have to choose between Team Jen and Team Angelina (that mentality is so 15 years ago) and instead, can enjoy riding the wave that is the exes getting friendly again.
Now 50 and 56 respectively, Jen and Brad are both single again, 22 years after they first fell for each other (and later married someone else). Here's a detailed look back at their complicated history, from their Malibu wedding to Mr. And Mrs. Smith.
Brad Pitt, 35, and Jennifer Aniston, 29, go on their first date after reportedly being set up by their agents. "It was weird…That was a really easy evening," Jen said of the date in a 2004 interview. "That was really fun."
Forget Instagram official, the couple go red carpet official at the Emmy awards. Thanks to Brad's tiny sunglasses and Jen's incredible half-messy hair, this is one to remember.
Brad and Jen hint that they're engaged on stage at a Sting concert at New York's Beacon Theatre, flashing a big ring and joining in his song which includes the lyrics, "We're going to Vegas, we're gonna get wed / So fill her up, son, don't be staring / Yeah, that's a real diamond she be wearing."
The couple get married in a lavish Malibu ceremony with 200 guests, 50,000 flowers, four bands, a gospel choir, and fireworks. This was the venue:
2000 to 2003
Brad and Jen attend a lot of red carpet events together, in a lot of questionable outfits (this is not even all of them):
Jen tells The Guardian she's ready to start a family with Brad, commenting: "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."
Brad meets Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. And Mrs. Smith.
Two years later in a 2006 interview with Vogue, Angelina described what falling in love with Brad on set was like: "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.'"
"Whether it was shooting a scene or arguing about a scene or gun practice or dance class or doing stunts—anything we had to do with each other, 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."
Five years after getting married, Brad and Jen release a joint statement to announce their split. It reads:
"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."
Photos emerge of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on the beach together, confirming they are in a relationship.
Jen speaks out about the pics a year later in a 2006 interview with Vanity Fair, saying in hindsight:
"The world was shocked, and I was shocked. I can't say it was one of the highlights of my year. Who would deal with that and say, 'Isn't that sweet? That looks like fun!?' But sh*t happens. You joke and say, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'"
Late May 2005
Angelina denies cheating with Brad during an interview with Marie Claire, saying: "To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not, could not look at myself in the morning if I did that."
She claims, "I am not dating anybody. I think the next man I get involved with would have to become Maddox's father [the son she adopted in 2002], and that's a high bar as far as I'm concerned. I'm not anticipating that coming anytime soon."
Brad and Angelina are featured in a special W magazine feature entitled 'Domestic Bliss,' a photo spread which causes an internet uproar since they were taken in March.
Angelina adopts Zahara.
After confirming in January to People that she was expecting her first child with Brad ("Yes, I am pregnant. We're due in the summer."), Angelina gives birth to daughter Shiloh Nouvel in Namibia in May.
In an interview with the New York Times in October, Angelina says she and Brad "fell in love" during filming for Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
A judge also grants the couple's request to legally change Maddox's and Zahara’s last names to Jolie-Pitt, while in December they finally posed for the first time on the red carpet for the premiere of The Good Shepherd.
In December, Brad tells Rolling Stone that Mr. & Mrs. Smith is his favorite Angelina Jolie film, because "you know … six kids. Because I fell in love."
The same month, Jennifer Aniston seemingly criticizes Brangelina for sharing details about Mr. And Mrs. Smith, because it was going on behind her back. She told Vogue, "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."
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Jennifer starts dating Justin Theroux after working on the film Wanderlust together. They're photographed arm in arm and at events together almost immediately.
Eight years after meeting on the set of Mr. And Mrs. Smith, Brad and Angelina are engaged. The news is confirmed by Brad’s manager: "Yes, it's confirmed. It is a promise for the future and their kids are very happy. There's no date set at this time."
Justin pops the question to Jennifer and the two become engaged. The 43-year-old actor asked Jennifer to marry him on her 41st birthday while the couple were in New York
Brad and Angelina marry at their French estate Chateau Miraval in Correns.
Jennifer Aniston marries Justin Theroux after four years together in a secret ceremony—which guests were told was actually his birthday party.
Justin talks about the secret ceremony two years later in 2017, telling ET: "It's so much more special when it's just your closest friends and family and it's lovely. [We] wanted it to be a peaceful environment, you don't want it to be hectic."
Angelina files for divorce from Brad, just weeks after their second wedding anniversary. CNBC obtained a statement from Angelina via her attorney: "This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time."
Brad also issued his own statement to People: "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
Brad is 'confiding in' Jen about the split, apparently. According to Us Weekly, he tracked her number down through a "tangled web" of contacts to wish her a happy birthday in February, and they reportedly started talking after. "Brad has confided in Jen," the source said. "Brad told her he's having a hard time with his split and they exchanged a few texts reminiscing about the past."
Justin is "okay with them being friends," the source told Us Weekly. "[He knows] Jen just wants to be nice."
Jen and Justin announce that they are getting divorced, releasing a joint statement which reads:
"We have decided to announce our separation. This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship."
Jen throws another party, this time to celebrate Christmas. 10 points for guessing who was reportedly there! According to Entertainment Tonight: "[Brad] was among the first to arrive and the second to last guest to leave around 11 pm. He was dressed casually in a dark bomber jacket with a cap on. He arrived with his longtime security guard who waited for him with his car and saw him out."
Award season starts, and both Brad and Jen are up for gongs thanks to appearances in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and The Morning Show respectively. And as well as liking each other's Instagram posts from the events, and watching each other's acceptance speeches, there was also a ~very~ interesting reunion backstage at the SAG Awards on 19 January.
Is that hand-holding?
The saga continues.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.