Friends of split Hollywood supercouple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are convinced their break-up is temporary - and just the chance to step back before they start a family.

Movie star Pitt revealed he was ready for kids in several interviews last year (04), and sources close to the pair insist their much-publicised split is a chance for both to consider their future together.

One family friend tells America's PEOPLE magazine, "They didn't want people to think the separation is a bad thing.

"The decision was good for them. They're getting along. They really care about each other.

"The separation is a step back to see if their relationship is going to be forever or if it's not. They're searching for the answer, which is not an easy one to come up with."

Pitt hinted at the trial separation last summer (04) in an interview with Vanity Fair.

He said, "Neither of us wants to be the spokesperson for a happy marriage... Jen and I always made a pact, that we'll see where this is going."

The speculation about a possible reconciliation has been fuelled by the fact that neither Pitt nor Aniston has visited a divorce lawyer to discuss a permanent split.

After announcing their split on 7 January (05), the couple have been living together in their newly-renovated Hollywood Hills home.

11/01/2005 21:16