With more dates planned, Jen's scared she'll be hurt again

Brad Pitt’s defying Angelina Jolie and has secretly lined up more dates with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston. Three weeks ago, Now revealed they’d secretly hooked up twice in New York in April, infuriating Angelina, 33.

Shockingly, despite their display of unity on the red carpet at Cannes, Brad’s once again gone behind Angelina’s back by calling and texting Jen.

The exes are now looking forward to spending time together in California this summer without any responsibilities as a distraction – Brad, 45, knows that Angelina will be away at their home in the south of France with their six kids.

But such regular contact with Brad is taking its toll on Jen, 40, as she can’t shake her fear that he’s using her as an emotional crutch.

Much as she’s thrilled to have him back in her life, Jen’s petrified of getting hurt again. She has a strong emotional connection to her ex-husband, but she’s a long way from believing that he’ll come back.

In the face of her fears, Jen’s trying to remain composed in her talks with Brad, even telling him honestly how she felt about his red-carpet parade with Ange at Cannes.

‘Seeing the body language between Brad and Angelina was hard for Jen,’ says Now’s source. ‘She feels sorry for him, but deep down she can’t help feeling vindicated after what he put her through.

‘She’s told him that it’s the mess he signed up for when he ran off with Angelina. The only way to get himself out of this hole is by leaving her.’

That looks unlikely in the near future because of the children, but Angelina and Brad’s relationship has never been so bad.

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See the full story about Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt in brand new Now magazine dated 8 June 2009 – out now!