Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston should never get back together. Here's why

A-list celebs and former husband and wife, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, broke the internet when they casually bumped into one another at the 2020 Golden Globes. If we're all being honest, deep down we've secretly held out hope that someway, somehow, the stars would realign and these two would spend the rest of their lives in ethereal bliss. Considering they're both single, there's no time like the present, right? 

Snap out of it, folks! Our wishful thinking is just that ... a wish. If Aniston was our bestie, we certainly would not be wishing upon a star that she suddenly fall right back into the arms of the man who we can only assume stomped on her heart in the past. We'd rather envision ourselves channeling Charlotte York unleashing on Mr. Big after ditching BFF Carrie Bradshaw at the altar in Sex and the City: The Movie. "I curse the day you were born!" But we digress.

This is why Brad and Jen should never get back together.

Brad Pitt did Jennifer Aniston dirty

While we may never know if Brad Pitt actually left Jennifer Aniston for his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star, Angelina Jolie, we do know that the man wasted zero time before flaunting his whirlwind post-separation romance for all of the world to see. Aniston opened up about the heartbreak she experienced when Brangelina emerged, telling Vanity Fair in 2005: "I would be a robot if I said I didn't feel moments of anger, of hurt, of embarrassment."

Aniston and Pitt announced their split in an oh-so-cordial joint statement that in no way alluded to infidelity. "What we said was true — as far as I knew. We wrote it together, very consciously, and felt very good about it," Aniston told Vanity Fair. "We exited this relationship as beautifully as we entered it." But the tide suddenly changed when photos surfaced of Pitt and Jolie cavorting on an African beach with Jolie's son, Maddox, mere months after that break-up announcement. "The world was shocked and I was shocked," Aniston said. 

Our point: Anyway you cut it, Brad and Jen's history is messy.

Jennifer Aniston enjoys her freedom

It's no secret that Jennifer Aniston was devastated by her divorce from Brad Pitt, but there was a silver lining. During a 2005 interview with Vanity Fair, The Morning Show star was asked what she was most looking forward to about post-Pitt life. Her answer: "I can have a comfortable couch." The exes had very different tastes in home furnishings. "Brad and I used to joke that every piece of furniture was either a museum piece or just uncomfortable. He definitely had his sense of style, and I definitely have my sense of style, and sometimes they clashed," she said. "I wasn't so much into modern."

Pitt apparently had problems with the couch too. In fact, he caught a lot of heat for the way he described his years with Aniston in Parade magazine. "I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic," he said. "...I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself. I think that my marriage [to Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't." Ouch!

Pitt later released a statement to try to clarify his words. "The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself, and that, I am responsible for." 

Regardless, let's not pretend a reunion between these two would be a good idea.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt have a good thing going...as individuals

Though Brangelina is over, and Jennifer Aniston is divorced from her second husband, Justin Theroux, the Friends star isn't waiting by the phone for any of her old flames, including Brad Pitt. Starring in a real-life rom-com cliché is not on her to-do list.

"Why do we want a happy ending? How about just a happy existence? A happy process?" Aniston asked Elle magazine. Aniston doesn't measure her worth in terms of matrimony. "I don't feel a void. I really don't," she said. "My marriages, they've been very successful, in [my] personal opinion. And when they came to an end, it was a choice that was made because we chose to be happy, and sometimes happiness didn't exist within that arrangement anymore. Sure, there were bumps, and not every moment felt fantastic, obviously, but at the end of it, this is our one life and I would not stay in a situation out of fear."

Pitt seems content with bachelorhood as well. "I got friends, I got lovely kids, I like my coffee, I like my dogs. I've got no complaints," he told People at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Hate to break it to you, Brad & Jen stans, but as much as we enjoyed their brief encounter at the SAG Awards (pictured), it appears the ship has sailed for Braniston (which doesn't sound cool, anyway, does it?) We'd like to think that somewhere high up in the Hollywood Hills, Aniston is lounging on the world's comfiest couch, and Pitt is peacefully sipping a hot cup of joe.