Brad & Jen: Why They Split

01/10/2005 at 12:00 PM EST

Brad & Jen: Why They Split
"We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate," read the joint statement released by Hollywood's formerly golden couple, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.
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Brad & Jen: Why They Split| Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston

Though Pitt and Aniston had already decided to separate, they spent two weeks on vacation in the Caribbean isle of Anguilla with Courteney Cox and David Arquette. The pair wore their wedding rings, held hands and hugged. Was all of that real? "They're good actors," says a skeptical observer.

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They certainly seemed close during their Caribbean getaway last week, a joint vacation with best friends Courteney Cox and David Arquette (who brought their 7-month-old daughter Coco). Although they had already decided to separate, the trip had been scheduled long before, so Aniston, 35, and Pitt, 41, agreed that " 'we should still go and have a great time,' " says the source. They kissed, laughed, held hands. But not all of that may have been real – or it may not have been real all the time.

When the foursome had dinner at RumZa, an Anguilla club, Cox and Arquette "were very affectionate," says one observer, while Pitt and Aniston were more reserved. "I never saw them touch during the entire meal," says the observer. "They seemed more like they were on a first date." As the couple left the club, they spotted photographers outside. "They put their arms around each other and had these big smiles on their faces like they were incredibly happy," says the observer. "It was the opposite of the couple I'd seen inside."

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