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For the longest time, the gossip machine took great pleasure in speculating about Jennifer Aniston,  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Sure, it may have made a degree of sense during the Mr. and Mrs. Smith days when the rise of Angelina and Brad coincided with the fall of Mr. and Mrs. Pitt, but it’s been over a decade since Pitt and Aniston were a thing and a few years since Brangelina came crashing down. Yet someone always finds a way to bring up the past in some form or another.

This week E! Online shares the story of Pitt being approached by a paparazzo who just happened to be wandering around the actor’s neighbourhood. Brad was walking to his car when the dude approached him with the one question inquiring minds still want the answer to:

“There’s one thing I gotta ask. Everyone wants to know. Are you and Jen getting back together?”

Brad is a pretty laid back guy, and is probably just as baffled as the rest of us that he continues to get asked the same question. He could’ve responded the way many actors do and simply ignored him. Or he could’ve overreacted and broke the guy’s camera. Or expressed his feelings angrily at this broken record.

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Instead, Pitt simply chuckled, said, “Oh my God!” then wished the pap well. Though we didn’t see Brad’s face when he answered, you can practically feel the eyeroll.

The question was prompted by Aniston’s 50th birthday party in February, which was attended by all her famous friends — including Pitt.

According to Us Weekly, the exes only spoke briefly. “At one point she hugged him and thanked him for coming,” said the insider. “But it didn’t seem like that big of a deal to Jen. The invite went out to a ton of people and he accepted. She was happy he was there, but that was it.”

Another source added, “Jen and Brad are still in touch and speak, but there still isn’t anything going on romantically between them.”

Hmm, but there could be? For those who want them to find their way back to one another, you could read between the lines and pick apart and over-analyze the “still” in that sentence — but, admittedly, it’s a reach.

Nutshell? If we had any hope for Brad and Jen rekindling things, Pitt and his scoffing almost dashed our dreams. But let’s be honest; the dream never dies. We’re ready any time you are.

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