Brad & Jen: Why They Split
FRANCIS SPECKER/LANDOV; AXELLE/BAUER-GRIFFIN
01/10/2005 AT 12:00 PM EST
They're a couple who once described themselves as "phone junkies," keeping up a constant patter even when an ocean lay between them. But last week Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston found themselves picking up the phone – together – to do the most difficult dialing of their 4 1/2-year marriage. One by one they called relatives, close friends and business associates to break the news that would become public on Jan. 7: They had decided to separate. Yet the calls did not have the teary, pass-the-tissues tone that such heartbreaking news might suggest. Pitt "didn't want people to think the separation is a bad thing," says a friend of the couple's. "He emphasized that they were in a good place. The decision was good for them. They're getting along. They really care about each other."