It's the dreariest month of the year; football season is over; and your aunt Sharon is suddenly an expert on assault weapons, and she's got the Facebook posts to prove it.
Needless to say, things are pretty bleak.
It's times like these you need an old-fashioned celebrity throwback romance (or "throwmance," if you will) to lighten your mood and make you believe in love again.
As you've likely heard by now, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have broken up following two and a half years of marriage.
It's always a bummer when a long relationship ends, but ya know ... she was Rachel Green and he co-wrote Tropic Thunder, so we're sure they'll both be fine.
And there's additional reason to be optimistic, as ever since Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie split in 2016, a surprisingly large and vocal contingent of fans have been desperate for a Brad and Jen reunion.
At the time, that kind of sucked for Justin, who was newly married to Aniston.
These days, however, Jan and Brad 'shippers are free to fantasize guilt-free.
And amazingly, it seems there's actual reason to believe the long-fabled Aniston-Pitt reconciliation might actually happen.
According to In Touch, Jen reached out to Brad shortly after she and Justin reached the mutual decision to end their marriage.
“Jen made a tearful, late-night call to Brad one night recently and explained how Justin went off to the East Coast three months ago, and she felt he was never coming back,” a friend of Jen’s tells the tabloid.
“She confided in him about all the missteps and problems in the relationship, and Brad provided the calming words that she needed to hear.”
Obviously, there's no indication that Jen and Brad are anything more than just friends, but news that they're speaking again has proven sufficient to get fans all in a tizzy.
Sources also confirmed to the tabloid that the split happened fast and that those who know the couple best are under the impression that Justin dumped Jen.
“Justin left Jen three months ago when he went off to shoot the film On the Basis of Sex in Montreal and work on the Netflix series Maniac in New York. He’s been living primarily at his apartment in Greenwich Village," said one insider.
“It’s over," another source confirmed.
As for a possible future with Brad, insiders say it's the last thing on Jen's mind these days:
“She’s been burned before,” an anonymous explained.
“Brad broke her heart. She can’t take another failed marriage."
That's probably for the best.
The last thing she needs is Brad claiming the two of them were "on a break" while he was filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith.