Jennifer Aniston describes loneliness after Brad Pitt split – and what saved her

Jennifer Aniston has revealed how Brad Pitt's cheating left her 'lonely' – and what saved her from the lowest moment of her life.

Before their split in 2005, Friends actress Jennifer and Hollywood star Brad were the toast of the celebrity world, with their marriage being held up as a shining beacon of how to balance fame with a private life.

That was until Brad met Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith and the destiny of all three parties was suddenly changed.

In the wake of Brad's betrayal and with their split confirmed, Jennifer opened up to Vanity Fair about her loneliness and how she dragged herself back into a better place to cope with the impending divorce.

In the 2005 interview, Jennifer revealed: "Am I lonely? Yes. Am I upset? Yes. Am I confused? Yes. Do I have my days when I’ve thrown a little pity party for myself? Absolutely. But I’m also doing really well.”

Jennifer continued: "I’ve got an unbelievable support team, and I’m a tough cookie.… I believe in therapy; I think it’s an incredible tool in educating the self on the self."

The actress admitted that she had 'retreated into her cocoon' and that she "feels like I'm nesting," as she shielded herself from the world.

Speaking about being single again, Jennifer said: "I’m a partnership person, and if something happens your instinct is to share it—but you’re no longer part of a couple. I definitely miss that.

"It’s sort of like Bambi—like you’re trying to learn how to walk. You’re a little awkward; you stumble a little bit. The things you would do with your partner, you don’t do.

"It’s uncharted territory, but I think it’s good for me to be a solo person right now. You’re forced to re-discover yourself and take it to another level."

Jennifer hailed her friendship circle for keeping her from going under.

She said: "My girlfriends I’ve had for 20 years. When things happen, the tribe gathers around and lifts you up."

One of the more difficult parts of the split was how public Brad and Angelina became with their relationship, with pictures swamping newspapers at the time.

Jennifer admitted: "I would be a robot if I said I didn’t feel moments of anger, of hurt, of embarrassment."

Brad and Jennifer were officially divorced on October 2, 2005.

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