There are no hard feelings between exes Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The former couple got together to talk about Pitt’s involvement with a new cashmere brand, God’s True Cashmere, with the interview published on Goop‘s blog. During their conversation, Pitt and Paltrow—who dated in the ’90s and were briefly engaged before ultimately calling it off in 1997—reflected on their loving friendship more than two decades after they broke up.
“Okay, since it’s almost Father’s Day, I’m going to ask you about Bruce,” Paltrow told Pitt, referring to her father, Bruce Paltrow. “I’ll never forget when we were engaged and he came to me one day, his eyes full of tears, and he said, ‘You know, I never really realized what they mean when they say you’re gaining a son. Like, I’m gaining a son.’ What impact did he have on you? Why did you love him, even though we didn’t get married, unfortunately.”
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Pitt responded, “Yeah, right. [Laughs.] Oh man, everything works out, doesn’t it?”
The two continued …
Paltrow: Yes, it does. I finally found the Brad I was supposed to marry. It just took me 20 years.
Pitt: And it’s lovely to have you as a friend now.
Paltrow: It is.
Pitt: And I do love you.
Paltrow: I love you so much.
Paltrow ended up marrying Coldplay front man Chris Martin in 2003, though the couple later famously “consciously uncoupled” in 2014. She later married Brad Falchuk in 2018. Meanwhile, Pitt married Jennifer Aniston in 2000, and then divorced in 2005. He then married Angelina Jolie in 2014, though the actress filed for divorce in 2016.
In the interview, Pitt went on to sing his praises for Paltrow’s late father.
“One of the many things I loved about Bruce—because he did have a profound effect on me and is someone I still think about—was he really fostered your voice, your independence. He carved the way for you guys to be who you are. And I think that’s so important to parenting, you know?” Pitt said. “So the child is free to find out who they are and what they love and what they don’t. You guys were just so free in your conversations. And witty. And intelligent. And funny as fuck.”
He also commented on Bruce’s natural rapport with Paltrow. “That man was funny. He was funny. And you guys were so funny together, ripping across the table, which was a rarity that I hadn’t experienced much, and I loved it,” Pitt continued. “The fun you guys had was infectious. You could just see just how much he adored you.”
Paltrow observed that her 18-year-old daughter, Apple Martin, may have inherited her grandfather’s humor. “My daughter’s like that now, too—she’s funny like Bruce,” she said. “One of my friends from high school said Apple’s got the nonrecessive Paltrow humor gene, that ribbing across the table.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.