Jennifer Aniston revealed that despite being rejected by Brad Pitt, she will 'love him for the rest of her life'.
The 50-year-old former Friends actress opened up about her marriage to Hollywood hunk Brad, in an interview with Vanity Fair shortly after her divorce from him was confirmed in 2005.
Jennifer admitted that she "couldn't force a relationship" with Brad, despite being married to him and it all boiled down to not having the connection that they first thought there was.
She spoke about the 'ebbs and flows' of marriage and how, ultimately, they "believed in different things," which led them to calling it quits.
Speaking honestly about her time with Brad, Jennifer said: "It’s like the ebb and flow of every relationship.
"It’s hard; it gets easy; it gets fun again. What’s hard to sustain is some ideal that it’s perfect. That’s ridiculous.
"What’s fantastic about marriage is getting through those ebbs and flows with the same person, and looking across the room and saying, ‘I’m still here. And I still love you.’ You re-meet, reconnect."
Jennifer went on to describe what she loved about being married and how divorce was becoming too easy an option when there is a downturn in the relationship.
She continued: "You have marriages within marriages within marriages. That’s what I love about marriage.
"That’s what I want in marriage. It’s unfortunate, but we live in a very disposable society. Those moments where it looks like ‘Uh-oh, this isn’t working!’- those are the most important, transformative moments.
"Most couples draw up divorce papers when they’re missing out on an amazing moment of deepening and enlightenment and connection.”
When it came to her and Brad, she believed that at some point they found themselves on the wrong pages and they couldn't rescue the early passion that brought them together.
Jennifer admitted: "That’s not Brad’s view of it. We believe in different things, I guess. You can’t force a relationship, even if it’s your view of how you would like it to be conducted.
"Obviously two people leave a relationship because there’s a different thought pattern happening. My goal is to try and achieve a very deep, committed relationship.
"That’s what I’m interested in, but it’s someone’s prerogative to be or not to be in or out of a relationship."
Despite Brad finding himself in the arms of Angelina Jolie and the inevitable divorce, Jennifer insisted that there will always be a place in her heart for him.
Jennifer revealed: "I still feel so lucky to have experienced it. I wouldn’t know what I know now if I hadn’t been married to Brad
"I love Brad; I really love him. I will love him for the rest of my life. He’s a fantastic man. I don’t regret any of it, and I’m not going to beat myself up about it.
"We spent seven very intense years together; we taught each other a lot about healing, and about fun.
"We helped each other through a lot, and I really value that. It was a beautiful, complicated relationship."