You may have seen all the excitement this week about Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, who were pictured embracing at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Unlike all the other air-kissers in the room, Brad and Jennifer were, as you will recall, married for a few years back in the Noughties and, ever since, simply their presence in the same room has sent everyone into spirals of speculation as to whether they might get back together.
It’s quite sweet. Usually, it’s only the children of divorce who fantasise about their parents falling back in love. But apparently everyone who has ever watched a film has their hopes pinned on a Braniston reunion, and the scrunchy “Ohmigod!” expression on Jen’s face when she bumped into Brad, mirroring his “Boy, is it good to see you!” warm face, has really stirred the pot.
But look, at the risk of disappointing the THEY’RE DEFINITELY GETTING TOGETHER AGAIN crowd, there is an alternative explanation for Brad and Jen’s pleasure at coming face to face: they are in the “50… Get Me!” zone, experiencing the high of getting beyond your 50th birthday and realising that not only is it not over, it’s starting up again.
Brad is 56, Jennifer is 50, and they’re both quite simply ecstatic with gratitude that they’re not just still in the game, but at the top of their game. They’re looking good, doing their best work; emotionally, they’re on an even keel, and all at an age when nobody, least of all themselves, would have expected it – which makes it 50 times sweeter.