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Jennifer Aniston hasn’t wasted any time calling up old flame Bradley Cooper after his recent split from Renée Zellweger. “As soon as she heard he was back on the market, she picked up the phone and they reconnected — via assistants at first,” a source tells OK! in this week’s all-new issue.

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Of course, their budding relationship hardly had storybook beginnings. After getting close to Bradley in June 2009, Jen, 42, was left embarrassed when Bradley called timeout on their date nights to get serious with Renée instead.

“When he ended up with Renée instead of her, Jen was blown away,” a source tells OK!. “She moved on, but there was always a part of her that still liked him.”Even before Renée put the brakes on Jen and Brad 2.0, the pair enjoyed “an easygoing friendship,” according to a second insider. And there’s no doubt Jen and Bradley, 36, have plenty in common.

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Both have been married once — Jen to Brad Pitt and Bradley to actress Jennifer Esposito. They both attended school in NYC and now prefer to spend their time at home in L.A. with their dogs rather than hitting the Hollywood party scene.

“[Bradley and Jen’s] similarities in lifestyles and likes and dislikes are uncanny,” reasons the insider. “They’re both drama-free.” taking it slowly After deciding that Bradley’s dalliance with Renée is firmly in the past, Jen is quietly confident about the future. “There was definitely a feeling of unfinished business for her,” shares the source. “He’s the kind of guy she’d love to be with, he’s charming and very sweet, and she thinks he’s gorgeous.”

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But don’t expect Jen and Bradley to hit the red carpet together any time soon. Burned by going public too quickly in the past, Jen’s happy to take it slowly out of the spotlight while Bradley finishes  promoting his starring role in Limitless and the May release of The Hangover Part II. “She knows how important Bradley’s career is to him, and she admires how dedicated he is, so she’s being patient,” the source explains.

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OK! Magazine May 2, 2011

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