Brad and Jen go to Mexico

A friendly in­vi­ta­tion has the father-of­six push­ing for a ro­man­tic re­union!

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It wasn’t Brad Pitt’s day, week, month or even his year when An­gelina Jolie un­ex­pect­edly hit him with di­vorce pa­pers in Septem­ber. But his first wife Jen­nifer Anis­ton has re­as­sured him she’ll be there for him – by invit­ing him on a trip to Mexico!

Yep, NW has learnt that in an at­tempt to bring her ex­hus­band out of his rut, the Friends fave asked him to join her and hubby Justin Th­er­oux – and a group of their near­est and dear­est – for some R&R in Cabo San Lu­cas over Easter. Bless, Jen!

“She knows he’s had a rough time of things lately and thinks get­ting out of LA is ex­actly what he needs right now to boost his spir­its,” says our in­sider, who’s ac­quainted with both stars.

“She told him if he was go­ing to clear his head prop­erly, he needed to get away from all the old mem­o­ries of his life in LA with Ange – and there’s no bet­ter place to do that than Cabo. Be­sides, she knows he loves Mexico.”

But it’s hardly sur­pris­ing to hear Jen ex­tended an in­vite to her ex.

Since split­ting from An­gelina, 41, af­ter 12 years to­gether, Brad has been a bro­ken man – look­ing gaunt and feel­ing low and lonely with­out his kids around. En­ter Jen, who has been slowly re­build­ing her re­la­tion­ship with Brad, with a source telling US Peo­ple mag last month that the for­mer golden cou­ple have been reg­u­larly mes­sag­ing each other. Of course, they’re said to have first re­con­nected in May last year, when Brad, 53, sent Jen flow­ers and a com­fort­ing note af­ter her mum Nancy Dow passed away. “[He] reached out to send his sym­pa­thy,” a source spilled at the time. And Brad isn’t the only Pitt fam­ily mem­ber Jen’s been in con­tact with. She’s also been talk­ing to his mum Jane, 77,

‘JEN KNOWS THIS IS EX­ACTLY WHAT HE NEEDS’

who’s pleaded with her for­mer daugh­ter-in-law to help bring Brad out of his funk.

“Jane knows Jen’s re­mar­ried, but she be­lieves Jen and Brad were meant to be to­gether,” an in­sider told NW re­cently.

“She’s begged Jen to take him un­der her wing and help him get back on his feet. She’s wor­ried about her son.”

But while Jen’s in­vi­ta­tion to join her in Mexico came from a place of sup­port, our in­sider says Brad took her ges­ture as a sign she’s open to a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of the ro­man­tic kind!

“He’s been think­ing long and hard about try­ing to win Jen back and how he could do it,” the in­sider claims.

“He’s had a lot of time to think about every­thing and re­alised that they re­ally did make a great cou­ple. He hated how things ended be­tween them and would love an­other shot with her.

“Would he put it out in the open while she’s still with Justin? Maybe.

“This isn’t some­thing new. He never re­ally stopped lov­ing Jen.”

In­deed, even when things were still go­ing well with Ange, Brad made a point of telling the world how much his ex-wife still meant to him, de­scrib­ing her as a “dear friend of mine”.

“It is an im­por­tant re­la­tion­ship I value greatly,” he said.

Now he’s sin­gle again and con­tem­plat­ing what could have been. But the hol­i­day in­vite was a “light at the end of the tun­nel” for Brad, says our source – and a chance to speak to Jen even more in the lead-up to Mexico.

“He told her it’d be the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for them to spend some time to­gether... to re­ally re­con­nect,” the in­sider claims.

It’s un­der­stand­able that Brad’s feel­ing nos­tal­gic. Dur­ing their five-year mar­riage, he and Jen had many happy times to­gether in the Mex­i­can re­sort town, in­clud­ing spend­ing New Year’s Eve 2001 there.

Some even say Brad’s the one re­spon­si­ble for Jen’s love af­fair with Mexico – she once vis­ited five times in a year! – so it’s only nat­u­ral that go­ing back there with her is stir­ring up some old feel­ings...

But while Brad is over the moon about the get­away and reac­quaint­ing him­self with some of his and Jen’s old friends, one per­son who isn’t thrilled to have him tag along is the man who took his place – Justin.

“He sort of gets where Jen is com­ing from but he can’t un­der­stand why Brad would put him­self in this po­si­tion,” the in­sider says. “Surely it’s re­ally awk­ward!” But Jen told Justin that Brad was go­ing with them – and that was that! She evenev had a trump card up her sleeve to en en­sure she got her w way – the fact that Justin, 45, is still in con­tact with his ex Heidi Bivens, 40, who he was with for 14 years. “Jen’s ac­cepted th that Justin still ta talks to Heidi. She finds it a lit­tle weird, but s she trusts him, s so she doesn’t r re­ally think about it too much,” sa says the in­sider. ““She’s told him he should af­ford her the same res re­spect and let her hang out with Brad. If he can be ‘just friends’ with an ex, then so can she.”

Be­sides, Jen and Justin al­ways go on trips with their mates – like their Fe­bru­ary trip to Cabo with Jen’s bestie Courteney Cox, 52, and her rocker boyfriend Johnny Mc­daid, 40, to cel­e­brate Jen’s 48th birth­day.

Hell, even their hon­ey­moon in Bora Bora was a group event, with Court, Ja­son Bate­man, 48, Jimmy Kim­mel, 49, Tobey Maguire, 41, and Chelsea Han­dler, 42, among the close pals who joined the new­ly­weds!

So it’s hardly like Brad’s crashed their alone time...

“Brad’s do­ing his best not to pay at­ten­tion to Justin,” says the in­sider. “He knows Jen wants him there and that’s all that matters.”

What’s that say­ing – three’s a crowd? Time will tell... n

‘HE NEVER RE­ALLY STOPPED LOV­ING JEN’

De­spite their 2005 di­vorce, Jen in­sists, ‘I don’t re­gret any of that time with Brad. I will love Brad for the rest of my life – you can’t take away good me­mories.’ But you can make new ones in Mex­ico – eh, guys?

Jen’s keep­ing her two favourite men right where she can see them – at her side on a sea­side get­away to Cabo! BIZARRE LOVE TRI­AN­GLE

FLASH­BACK! THEIR FI­NAL HOL­I­DAY... In De­cem­ber 2004, Brad and Jen took their last vacay to­gether to An­guilla in the Caribbean. But just days later on Jan­uary 7, fans were in shock when the cou­ple an­nounced they were sep­a­rat­ing af­ter seven years...

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