When Jennifer Aniston announced her sad split from husband of two years, Justin Theroux last week, the world sat up in shock.
With seemingly no hint of trouble, and notoriously private Jen just that month opening up the doors to her home for Architectural Digest to say, "I look around at my husband and my dogs and our home, and there's nowhere else I want to be," fans were in disbelief at the split.
But what started as shock quickly turned to something else, when fans rallied behind newly single Jen – and her very single ex Brad Pitt who had similarly split from his wife Angelina Jolie last September.
The internet went into meltdown with fans desperate to see the golden couple, who called it quits on their five-year marriage in 2005, back together again.
Now an expert has weighed in on exactly why people are so keen to see Jen and Brad – who ended his marriage after falling in love with his Mr and Mrs Smith co-star Ange – back together.
- Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's separate lives before split
- Highs and lows of Brad Pitt's star-studded love life
“We all think that what’s happening to Hollywood couples is happening to us,” New York psychotherapist Dr. Kathryn Smerling told HuffPost.
“We think to ourselves, ‘If they can get through it, maybe I can, too!’”
With everyone identifying with that one seemingly perfect ex that got away, people want to believe that true love will win out at the end of the day, says Dr Smerling.
“Brad and Jennifer captured our hearts when they were together,” she added.
“When we see a couple as admired as Jen and Brad were, it’s like seeing our role models fail ― in turn that leaves us vulnerable, saddened, and fearing the worst.”
However, while there’s many rooting for a Jen and Brad reunion, there’s others who say she shouldn’t take back a cheater.
One expert explains that if the couple were to take steps towards a reconciliation, they would both need to be on the same page.
“Jen needs to be able to say that she accepts what's happened,” relationship coach Ar'nie Krogh told heart.co.uk.
“I would recommend they speak to a counsellor to begin the communication and then lots of casual dates with friends so that there is no pressure to get back together."
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