Almost a year after they announced their separation, Justin Theroux reached out to Jennifer Aniston with a proposition: Let’s be friends!

A source tells In Touch magazine, on newsstands now, “They weren’t speaking for a long time after they ended their marriage.” Despite insisting in a statement that “we are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship,” things got really nasty, especially when it came to working out a financial settlement.

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SANTA MONICA, CA: Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston attend the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on Jan. 17, 2016. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Santa Margherita, Heineken and Proximo Spirits)

Justin, 47, also started to date up a storm with women much younger than Jen, 49. (He was linked to his stylist Chloe Hartstein, 32, designer Alexa Chung, 35, artist-model Petra Collins, 26, actress Aubrey Plaza, 34, Jen’s pal Selena Gomez, 26, actress Laura Harrier, 28, and even Emma Stone, 30.)

Not to mention, rumors had been swirling that Jen and her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, were not only back together — they were also moving in!

“[Jen] and Brad are ready for the next logical step in their relationship: Moving in together,” a separate source told In Touch earlier this year. “They’ve grown closer in recent months and realize they were meant to be together.”

That said, things once got so bad between Jen and Justin that he would do whatever he could to avoid speaking with her. “Justin and Jen would talk through different people, and if he needed to get something from the house, he would only go when Jen wasn’t there. And if Jen came to NYC for any reason, he’d actually plan a trip out of town for that same week.”

But then something changed. “He started to feel bad about the way that they left it and missed having her as a friend, so he extended an olive branch.” And Jen was receptive. “They’re now speaking on the phone a lot,” says the source. “But there’s no chance of a reunion. It’s way less stressful to just be friends anyway.”

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