After news broke that Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce from Brad Pitt on Tuesday, the Internet was quick to remember Jennifer Aniston and the endless gossip surrounding how the couple first got together.
Pitt and Jolie, who met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004, began dating quickly after Aniston filed for divorce from the 52-year-old actor in March 2005.
Following their split, Aniston’s every move was cruelly scrutinized on how she was handling their breakup and the rumors surrounding his new romance with Jolie.
In her first interview post-split in Vanity Fair’s September 2005 issue, the actress told the publication she was just as shocked as everyone else when photos emerged of Pitt and Jolie together on a beach in Kenya with Jolie’s son, Maddox, in April 2005.
“I have to think there’s some reason I have called this into my life,” Aniston, who, today, is happily married to actor Justin Theroux, said. “I have to believe that—otherwise it’s just cruel.”
When she was asked about the W Magazine spread that came out that same year painting the picture of Jolie and Pitt as a family, Aniston candidly told VF: “There’s a sensitivity chip that’s missing,” in reference to Pitt.
In 2008, Aniston sat down with Vogue, she addressed the way Jolie openly gushed about working with Aniston’s then-husband while shooting Mr. & Mrs. Smith. “That stuff about how she couldn’t wait to get to work every day? That was really uncool,” Aniston said.
“I felt those details were a little inappropriate to discuss”,” she added.
Fast forward years later, Aniston told ET in 2015 that she was pleased the fixation on her and Jolie was on its way out.
“I think that's slowly coming to an end. I really do. That movie is so beautiful and wonderful and she did such a gorgeous job and I think it's time people stop with that petty B.S. and start celebrating great work and stop with the petty kind of silliness,” Aniston said, praising Jolie for her work on the film, Unbreakable.
“It's just tiresome and old. It's like an old leather shoe.”
Aniston has made it clear that she does not welcome the fascination with her personal life, recently penning an op-ed for the Huffington Post about the incessant pregnancy rumors.
“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up," Aniston said. “I have grown tired of being part of this narrative. Yes, I may become a mother some day, and since I’m laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know.”
“We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies," she added. "We get to determine our own 'happily ever after' for ourselves."
And while the former Friends star is clearly past the drama over the end of her first marriage and is in a happy, loving relationship, the Internet couldn’t help but take to Twitter sharing countless memes imagining her reaction to Pitt and Jolie’s divorce.
Jennifer Aniston this morning pic.twitter.com/qqiLgc97Pv— Tara Kendrick (@tkendrick10) September 20, 2016
Jennifer Aniston passing Brad Pitt at the next red carpet event pic.twitter.com/csZDwxek9B— Megan Palmer (@mmpalmer429) September 20, 2016
Jennifer Aniston's reaction to Brad and Angelina's divorce. pic.twitter.com/1b1tjjGAvM— Mal (@malliem914) September 20, 2016