There are many many books that have been written about how to deal with
a break up. And I’m quite certain that Jennifer Anniston has bought
most of them. I mean, you’d have to, wouldn’t you? If your
astonishingly good looking ex and his ridiculously sexy new partner and
their gob-smackingly cute rainbow children were waved in your face by
the media on a daily basis? I would. Before buying a one-way ticket to
Timbuktu to read my self-help books by torchlight in a dark cave.
Perhaps you, like me, have sympathetically watched Jennifer work through Her Pain in long, lonely beach walks since that fateful separation announcement of January 2004. How tragic that I don’t even need to use Wikipedia to establish when Brad and Jennifer split. I carry the date in my memory. And my heart. But can I tell you the exact dates of World War One? Or Two? I cannot.
Anyway, back to Jennifer’s Pain. One thing that most heal-your-heart books fail to address is how to handle breaking up with your in-laws. You may have dumped his (or her) sorry ass for a whole host of reasons – or been dumped yourself – but chances are, none of those reasons include your ex’s parents. Given that they didn’t cheat on you, lie to you, fall out of love with you or disappoint you, it’s understandable that this break up can be a sad kind of PS to the main event.
Naturally, Jennifer sent planet earth spinning off its axis last month when she – are you sitting down? – HAD BRAD’S MOTHER OVER FOR TEA. Paparazzi snapped Brad’s security team dropping his mum at Jennifer’s door and media reports were breathless with speculation over what it all might mean.
“Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt split more than two years ago – but that wasn’t the end of Aniston’s relationship with Pitt’s parents,” gasped UK’s Now magazine. “In fact, on Sunday – Father’s Day – Pitt’s mother, Jane, dropped by Aniston’s Malibu home for a chat. Odd that the actress is still close to her former in-laws? No way, says Pitt’s brother Doug. “Jennifer is a friend of Brad’s, why wouldn’t she be a friend of ours?”