What Happened To Brad Pitt And Julia Roberts’ Romance?

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Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts at an awards show

By Andrew Shuster |

Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts at an awards show

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Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts never dated, but exactly one year ago today, a tabloid claimed the two stars were developing a romance. Gossip Cop debunked the ridiculous story when it first emerged. Time has proven it even more false.

On December 31, 2018, Gossip Cop busted Woman’s Day for falsely claiming Roberts was leaving her husband, Danny Moder, and moving on with Pitt. The ridiculous story was written after the actress posted an Instagram tribute to her former co-star in honor of his 55th birthday. Roberts shared a screenshot from their 2001 movie The Mexican, along with the caption, “Happy Birthday to one of the all time GREATS.” The actress added emojis of a cake, pink hearts and the word “LOVE” in all caps. That post alone was all the magazine needed to decide that Roberts wanted to pursue a romance with Pitt.

An alleged insider told the outlet that Roberts’ post was a clear sign “she’s got a crush on Brad.” The same supposed source said the actress’s marriage was falling apart. There was zero proof to back up the claim, but the tipster added, “If Julia does have a divorce and a potential custody battle looming, Brad will no doubt be her rock and offer a fountain of support and advice after going through the same.”

The seemingly phony source went on to say it was a perfect time for Roberts and Pitt to “finally give romance a shot” after years of knowing each other. “Everyone says they’d make a gorgeous couple,” added the anonymous insider. “He’s not only her dear friend but he could be her dream man.”

The bogus presume was based on the notion that Roberts’ marriage was in trouble, which wasn’t the case and still isn’t. In July, Roberts and Moder celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary. The actress celebrated the milestone by sharing a photo of herself wearing a shirt with her husband’s picture on it. The spouses are still going strong.

Less than a month after we debunked the Woman’s Day article, NW published a cover story about Roberts and Pitt being in a secret romance. The narrative was no more accurate. In fact, the actress and her husband had showed a ton of PDA at the Golden Globes a week prior. As 2019 continued, it became clear there was nothing going on between The Mexican co-stars, so the tabloids came up with new scenarios instead. Roberts has been consistently targeted with divorce rumors, while Pitt has been linked to dozens of famous women – Jennifer Aniston being the most notable. It’s all fiction.


Shuster, Andrew. "Julia Roberts Leaving Husband For Brad Pitt?" Gossip Cop, 31 Dec. 2018.

Julia Roberts on Instagram: "Happy Birthday to one of the all time GREATS..." 18 Dec. 2018.

Russian, Ale. "Julia Roberts Celebrates 17th Wedding Anniversary Wearing a Shirt with Husband Danny Moder on It." People, 4 July 2019.

Shuster, Andrew. "Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts In Secret Romance?" Gossip Cop, 14 Jan. 2019.