Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's long-distance marriage drove her closer to Brad Pitt

Jennifer and Justin's separation announcement was shocking but the actress seems fine as she has her close friends to help her with the divorce, including Brad Pitt.

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's long-distance marriage drove her closer to Brad Pitt

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux announced their decision to separate on February 16. The estranged couple said this decision took place at the end of last year but we have to admit, Jen's been looking well in the past few days. The Horrible Bosses star just celebrated her 49th birthday with a close group of friends a few days ago and was seen talking to Pharrell William just outside Ellen DeGeneres's 60th birthday party. In fact, Jen looked content and happy when she appeared on the talk show host's programme recently. Perhaps that's because she has her friends supporting her during this tough time.

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Jennifer Aniston with her friends on her 49th birthday. Source: Instagram

A source said, "Jen's being really strong and is relying on her friends right now. She knew that her long-distance marriage with Justin would create problems." Jen is a thorough LA girl while her estranged husband liked to spend his time in New York. In fact, it was this physical distance that broke them apart. But Jen, who's been through a divorce before, handled it well by leaning in for support, and this time, she turned to someone familiar.

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Actor Brad Pitt and wife actress Jennifer Aniston attend the World Premiere of the epic movie 'Troy' at Le Palais de Festival on May 13, 2004 in Cannes, France. Aniston wears a dress by Versace. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Her ex-husband Brad Pitt was one of her allies in the months leading to the separation. An insider close to Jen said that they developed a close friendship before Jen and Justin's marriage fell apart due to the long-distance. Brad, who is going through a similar phase, was able to help her through it.

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Actors Brad Pitt and wife Jennifer Aniston attend the premiere of 'Troy' on May 10, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

"Things between Jen and Brad are different after he apologised to her. She was touched and decided to forgive him," a source said. 

Earlier, an In Touch Weekly article claimed that Jen visited Brad's apartment to drop off a book on interior design and met his kids as well. The outlet claimed that Jen and Brad's kids were friendly as they knew who she was. 

At the moment, Brad is just being there for Jen but they're closer than they've been in the past 12 years. Perhaps things might or might not take a different turn in the future but these two are being each other's support systems.

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