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Brad Pitt introduced Alia Shawkat to Jennifer Aniston as friend to prove their relationship was purely platonic

'Alia has also become close to Jen and has even joked that she finds her more attractive than Brad and would rather date her than him'
UPDATED MAR 31, 2020
(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

As rumors of a rekindled love affair between Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston grows stronger, reports suggest that the 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' actor is doing everything in his power to convince his first wife that since he got divorced from his second wife, Angelina Jolie, he never had any serious love interests till he bumped into her.

It is natural that there will be a lack of trust between Pitt and Aniston since he broke her heart by allegedly cheating on their marriage after taking a shining to Angelina Jolie on the set of 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' in 2005.

Despite having half a dozen kids with the latter, the marriage fell apart in 2016 and since then Pitt has never been in the news for dating someone new, which is with the exception of actress Alia Shawkat.

Despite being 26 years younger than him, he was romantically linked to her in the past few years, especially because both of them began showing up in an array of A-list Hollywood events together.

After the media failed to get Pitt to open up about Shawkat, her appearances with him were reported as mere coincidences. Although there was definite chemistry between them, Pitt always maintained that they were "just good friends."

To prove to the 'Friends' actress that his relationship with the alleged ex-flame was "purely platonic," Pitt introduced Shawkat to Aniston as his friend, according to the Mirror. It works as well as one might hope because Shawkat has since moved on and is already dating someone else. In fact, Shawkat and Aniston have now become very good friends. 

Alia Shawkat attends the screening of "Duck Butter" during the Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 20, 2018 in New York City (Getty Images)

"Alia has also become close to Jen and has even joked that she finds her more attractive than Brad and would rather date her than him, which everyone found hilarious. Brad thinks Alia is one of the most beautiful people in the world but he looks at her as more of a sister and has come to count her as one of the most important people in his life," a source said.

Sparks started reportedly flying between Pitt and Aniston after he graced her 50th birthday bash last year. Since then the two have allegedly gone on a number of secret dates, including a tryst at Aniston's place over Christmas 2019.

One of the very public reunions of the former lovebirds was at the SAG Awards in January. Pitt was seen mouthing the words "Oh my God" during Aniston's acceptance speech at the SAG Awards, and they were later seen holding hands backstage. When she was asked about how she felt seeing Brad that evening, she sweetly replied, "It just feels like a really fun night to cheer each other on. We’ve all grown up together, we really have."

On being inquired about rumors of them getting back together, she felt it was "hysterical" and added, "But what else are they going to talk about?"

As reported by us earlier, an anonymous friend has claimed that the pair are "back in love" with each other. "I don't think she's ever really stopped loving him, even though he broke her heart when he left her for Angelina Jolie. It has taken a long time but she has forgiven him for everything – forgiveness has been a big part of them moving on," the source said.