It's time to stop looking at that photo of Brad and Jen
Sometime after Brad Pitt took to the stage at the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards this Sunday in Los Angeles, and some time after Jennifer Aniston collected her award at the same ceremony, the pair collided in the dark warren of the backstage area.
The photographs that resulted – of them laughing, exchanging kisses, and Pitt grabbing Aniston's hand – have exploded over every corner of the internet like horny confetti.
By Monday morning, my Instagram Stories were nothing but screenshots of their meeting, posted even by people normally immune to celebrity gossip. By the afternoon, close-ups of his hand wrapped around her wrist were circulating. Come the evening, a video was doing the rounds of Pitt, rapt, in front of the backstage feed of Aniston's acceptance speech (yes, that's right, she won Best Female Actor in a Drama Series, not that anyone can remember that detail).
The wrist grab photograph in particularly seems to have ignited some chaotic and lustful energy in the world of celebrity news.
Our 'obsession' of Brad and Jen could be about our desire to return to a simpler time, when you could wear a Matrix-style leather coat on the red carpet without being dragged on Twitter. But it's more likely a collective desperation to believe it's never too late. The couple called it quits in 2005, and have since been married, had children and enjoyed several other relationships.
Yet here we are, in 2020, still blindly hopeful that a Hollywood movie ending is possible for people who've made more than their share.