Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie separated in 2016 Getty Images

It's been more than a year since Hollywood's once-favourite couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced their separation. But the upcoming Christmas may bring cheer to their fans as unconfirmed reports suggest that the estranged couple may reunite for their six children — Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 9.

"They're not getting back together, but that doesn't mean they can't celebrate as a family," an alleged source told OK! Magazine (via Hollywood Life). Jolie filed for divorce in September last year citing irreconcilable differences. Following the legal paper submission, Pitt responded saying he is "saddened" by the separation, "but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids".

The announcement triggered a bitter battle between the exes, including serious child abuse allegations against Pitt claiming he was involved in a mid-air incident with one of his children aboard a private jet on 15 September last year. However, they gradually came to term with the bitter fact of their broken family and are reportedly trying to iron out their differences, especially for their children.

Jolie reportedly has "softened" her stand on the Allied actor's idea to spoil their children during the festive season. "It will be the first time in a long time that they've all been in the same room together, so it's likely to be bittersweet," added the source.

During her interview on The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast, the 42-year-old American actress admitted of the cracks between her and Pitt were visible since 2015 and she even tried to mend it by acting opposite him in the film By The Sea. "It was something that we were dealing [with]... things happen for different reasons and things — why did I write that exact piece? Why did we feel that way when we made it? I'm not sure. A piece of art can be something that's healing or something that's difficult," she said during the interview.

"It should have been because we had met working together (2005's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"). We worked together very well. But there was a heaviness during the situation that carried on. It wasn't because of the film, it was something that we were dealing with," The Maleficent actress added.

But contrary to their Mr. & Mrs. Smith situation, the movie did little help in elevating their relationship. "I'm glad we did that film because we did explore something together. Whatever it was, maybe it didn't solve certain things, but we did communicate something that needed to be communicated to each other," she concluded.