Anyway, it pisses me off that Jolie gets slandered like that... sure, she's incredibly beautiful, sensual, and fascinating, but that doesn't mean she's without morals.
BY MAGGIE HABERMAN
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Sultry Angelina Jolie "got under" Brad Pitt's skin while they shot a movie together last year, in a sexless but too-tight relationship that "bothered" Jennifer Aniston, pals say.
And though it was Aniston who first pushed for their shocking split, Pitt was just a step behind her - a decision the couple made before heading to the Caribbean for what may have been a staged picture-perfect weekend, People magazine is reporting.
The red-hot Jolie and hunky Pitt became slightly more than fast friends while filming "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," a sure-to-be blockbuster due out in June about a husband-wife secret agent team who are hired to kill each other.
"Jennifer knows that Angelina got under his skin, and it bothered her," a source told People in its latest edition.
Another source linked to the film told the mag that Pitt never broke his vows.
"They did not sleep with each other," but Pitt "was obviously taken by Angelina."
He adored Jolie's 3-year-old son, Maddox, and admired her social activism: Jolie is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nation's refugee agency, another source said.
"He changed," the source told the mag. "It might have been slight, but it's noticeable. And Jennifer knew it."
But Pitt's pals poured water on a steamy report in a British tabloid that Aniston caught the "Ocean's Twelve" star and Jolie having phone sex, and they insisted he has always been loyal to his "Friends" wife of 4-1/2 years.
"I was out with Brad a few months ago at Bungalow 8," a friend told the Daily News. "Every gorgeous woman there was trying to get near him, but he wasn't paying attention to any of them. He wasn't on the make at all."
But battling the nonstop rumors of an on-set liaison between Jolie and Pitt likely did not help the marriage, which was rumored to be rocky and already stressed by their diverging careers and different family desires.
"[Aniston] has been resisting having a child for a number of reasons," a source told People.
The mag cited a pal who said Aniston wanted to wait "until she was sure what was happening to their relationship."
"I think it was Jen that broke it off," another source said, but "he was a half step behind her."
The pair had already settled on a separation before their New Year's trip to Anguilla with "Friends" friend Courteney Cox and her hubby, David Arquette, and decided, "We should still go and have a great time," according to People.
A witness recalled the couple being reserved out of the camera's eye at dinner one night, but once the photogs caught up to them, "they put their arms around each other and had these big smiles on their faces."
Once home, they called friends and family together to let them know about the split before it hit the papers - though the calls were not weepy, and the split may not be permanent.
"The separation is a step back to see if their relationship is going to be forever or if it's not," a source told People. "They're searching for the answer, which is not an easy one to come up with."
The potential business fallout on their jointly owned production company, Plan B, remains unclear, but Hollywood insiders are speculating the firm will now dissolve.
With George Rush and Lloyd Grove, Originally published on January 10, 2005
Why Jennifer left Brad
January 10, 2005
JENNIFER Aniston ended her marriage to heart-throb Brad Pitt during a bitter row in London last month, their friends said last night.
The final showdown took place at the Dorchester Hotel when Aniston, 35, told Pitt, 41, that she wanted to put movies ahead of motherhood.
All over ... Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at the Daytime Emmys last year / Reuters
The Friends star said she didn't want to be remembered only as airhead Rachel from the sitcom and needed to establish a serious career.
And though friends claim Aniston's career was the deciding factor, speculation continues to rage about Pitt's relationship with actor Angelina Jolie - a UK newspaper yesterday reporting the pair shared an intense year-long relationship.
A source said: "Jennifer was the one who called the shots while she was in London finishing her movie Derailed.
"The marriage was over then and it was her decision. She told Brad that she was not ready to settle down and wasn't prepared to give her career up. Jennifer feels that, careerwise, there's a lot left for her to fulfil.
"Her words were, 'I don't want to be remembered for playing a fashionable airhead. I want to make serious movies. No one remembers Robin Williams for Mork and Mindy.'
"She also hated the fact that Brad would go on about wanting to start a family when she had told him she wasn't ready. When they visited her family he was always joking that the patter of small Pitt feet was not far off, but she was not of the same opinion.
"They went away for a holiday but after the first day it was clear that the relationship had grown very cold.
"Brad said that they spent the rest of the holiday working out how they would release the news of the split. They worked out together the reasons they would give and how they would protect the brand they have built up."
The pair, who married 4½-years ago, announced on Friday night that they were officially separating after months of speculation their union was rocky.
They denied any third party was involved - understood to be a direct reference to suggestions Pitt had become involved with Jolie, 29, his co-star in Mr & Mrs Smith.
The News of The World cited a Hollywood source: "Brad never made any secret of the fact he wanted a family, but Jennifer refused, preferring to concentrate on building her movie career. Angelina is very maternal and gorgeous and Brad was completely drawn for all those reasons."
Last May, Pitt was photographed holding Jolie's hand on set, prompting speculation that they had become close. Both denied any romance.
Pitt hinted at trouble, saying: "Nothing is ever what it seems, is it? I hate the notion of fairytales anyway."
The Daily Telegraph