Jennifer Aniston: Brad Pitt & I ‘are buddies, we’re friends, there’s no oddness at all’

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I remain bewildered by the hurried rush of Jennifer Aniston interviews this week. I think I’ve worked out part of it: the interviews seem to be promotion for Vital Proteins, the company for which Aniston serves as Chief Creative Officer. That’s why she’s on the cover of People Magazine, that’s why she’s giving interviews to E! News, that’s why she appeared on Howard Stern’s show this week. It’s all hype and infomercials for collagen supplements. Which is why she dusted off Brad Pitt. And David Schwimmer.

Jennifer Aniston has mastered the art of staying friends with exes. The Friends star, 52, recently reunited with ex-husband Brad Pitt in September for a live table reading of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. On Wednesday, she told Howard Stern there was no awkwardness between them.

“It was absolutely fun. Brad and I are buddies, we’re friends,” Aniston said on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show, as she appeared alongside her Friends costars Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox. “And we speak, and there’s no oddness at all, except for everyone that probably watched it and was wanting there to be, or assumed there to be,” Aniston continued. “We had fun, and it was for a great cause, [Sean Penn's community relief nonprofit] CORE.”

When asked by the radio host why she and David Schwimmer didn’t “bang,” Aniston replied that her co-star was “lovely.”

“We were in relationships and it was always never the right time and it wouldn’t have worked,” she explained. “The beauty of that was that whatever feelings we had we just literally channeled everything into Ross and Rachel and I think that’s maybe why it resonated the way it did. But no, we never, on my life [got together]. And Courteney and Lisa would know if it did because they would’ve heard about it. They can vouch for me,” Aniston noted, with Cox adding, “True.”

“Howard’s not going to believe me,” Aniston lamented. “No, I would proudly say I banged Schwimmer if that happened. But no.”

[From People & Entertainment Tonight]

In retrospect, I kind of think Brad used Jennifer during his Oscar campaign for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in late 2019-early 2020. They both really played that up for the cameras and tabloids, then as soon as he won the Oscar, it was over. Considering the current 2002-vibe of gossip, it feels like we should be getting an update on Brad & Jen any day now. But who knows. I’m completely unengaged with this gossip storyline at this point – I know they both want people to be obsessed with “are they getting back together,” but truly, Aniston could do much better than Brad at this point. I hope she knows that and I hope she knows that he’s used her for his own bullsh-t.

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  1. equality says:

    This kind of makes me side-eye Jennifer. Is it some sort of getting back at Angelina? I could see being civil with Pitt but good buddies after a betrayal of trust?

    • Waitwhat says:

      It’s been a long time and what else is she going to say? I don’t think she does this for publicity – I think she’s asked about it and this is the way that she shuts down any potential drama.

  2. Astrid says:

    I want another Gossip from the Gods like Bennifer 2.0 with these two.

    • LillyfromLillooet says:

      I mean, I do too. These two had to overcome a lot to find each other as friends later in life. I feel the kindness between them.

  3. Barbie1 says:

    Sigh…how can she be friends with that man? He humiliated her so badly. Jen continues to make poor choices.

    • Esmom says:

      I am guessing by friends she means “polite and cordial.” Something tells me she’s not hanging out with him outside professional obligations. But who knows.

  4. Chip says:

    Yep! Aniston can do better and JLo can do better! It’s fun gossip but these women do not need their gross exes.

  5. Eve says:

    They’re perfect for each other.

    • cassandra says:

      They really do seem well suited. I’ve always thought that Brad Pitt thought he wanted kids (and that’s partly why they divorced) but obviously doesn’t have the maturity/emotional depth for parenthood. Anniston played the ‘maybe baby’ game but in hindsight it’s pretty obvious she never wanted kids.

      It’s definitely interesting to ‘sliding doors’ what their relationship would have been like if it lasted.

      • kerfuffles says:

        Just because someone does not have or does not want kids does not mean they lack “maturity/emotional depth.”

  6. Becks1 says:

    I don’t see her ever getting back together with him. I just think that’s something that gossip mags like to push or imply because it’s….gossip. Everytime there’s a picture of them together it becomes “omg are they back?!?!!? omg is this part of a PR game?!?!?! omg what is going on?!?!”

    Honestly I think its just as simple as the fact that they divorced 16, 17 years ago, and I kind of feel like Jen is over any hard feelings she had at the time. Someone on the other post made a mention about her “inner turmoil” or whatever, and I don’t think its that, but I think she works very hard to just be…..calm…in her personal life. and I think part of that is moving on in terms of exes etc.

    • Waitwhat says:

      Honestly, she’ll be 90 and the supermarket tabloids (assuming they still exist) will be still be printing “JEN PREGNANT WITH BRAD’S TRIPLETS!!!” stories!

  7. Grace says:

    Once a doormat always a doormat. It’s actually quite sad to see someone with such low self esteem.

    • girl_ninja says:

      Being friends with her ex makes her a doormat? Odd thought.

      • AmyB says:

        Right?? I don’t necessarily see them as “friends” I think Aniston is just meaning they are fine in public when they are around one another, and there are no longer any hard feelings. Nothing to do with being a doormat. It’s called getting over the past. Now, if she took his ass back, I would say yes, she is being a doormat. With all that has gone on with the Jolie/Pitt divorce and custody battle of their six children, it is quite clear Pitt is not who he portrays to the media IMO. The incident on the plane (with Pitt and Jolie) that occurred with some altercation with their kids, and Jolie left ASAP. That right there, tells me all I need to know, and Jolie is still fighting that shit to this day.

        I think Aniston is playing her cards right here, and just staying friendly. And Pitt most def used her for his Oscar campaign, which again, doesn’t surprise me – knowing more about his character in recent years. Shame, I used to like him a lot, now – NOPE.

      • Jegede says:

        @girl_ninja
        Exactly.🙄🙄

        Uma Thurman & Etan Hawke are friendly despite the very dodgy nature of their marriage ends. Ditto, Eva Longoria & Tony Parker etc.

        After how many years?
        I see being friends/civil with an ex, as very much proof all have moved on with their lives.

    • Cheryl says:

      That’s ridiculous! People are allowed to grow and mature past holding grudges for the rest of their life. Doesn’t mean they’re a “doormat”. That’s a foolish thing to say.

  8. Lonnietinks says:

    I think she is being dismissive of Brad when she says they are buddies, I don’t get doormat vibes at all.

  9. Veronika says:

    I’ve probably said this before, but I would LOVE if all of his famous exes did a project together, like a First Wives Club dark comedy or something. I think it’d be a nice 🖕🏼 to the tabloids who always wanna pit women against each other, plus, the project would actually be really good with that wide range of talent!
    Juliette Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Aniston, Angelina, am I missing anybody?

  10. Jegede says:

    Good for her.👌👌

    She’s in her 50s. Her career is on a steady keel.

    Her friendship with her exes – Brad, Justin, Vince,- is a sign of someone unbothered and pressing on in her life.

    Especially after the $hitshow of 2020 reminding us of the important things.

  11. elle says:

    He looks like a complete and utter tool in every one of these photos.

  12. kj says:

    TBH I think they both deserve each other. Brad as an emotionally, if not physically abusive alcoholic. As for Jen A…..Carmel Musgrove.