Brad Pitt reportedly reached out to ex-wife Jennifer Aniston in an effort to mend fences with his past.
The Friends star celebrated her 48th birthday just two weeks ago and her ex-husband is said to have tracked down her phone number through a "tangled web of contacts" in order to send his best wishes.
The couple haven't spoken in years after their acrimonious divorce in 2004 and he no longer had her phone number to get in touch.
"They started talking once he wished her a happy birthday," a source told Us Weekly.
"Brad told her he’s having a hard time with his split and they exchanged a few texts reminiscing about the past."
Since news of Pitt's divorce with partner of 10 years Angelina Jolie, Aniston has been consistently dragged back into the headlines - even prompting her husband Justin Theroux to slam the tabloid narrative built around his wife back in November, when the news broke.
"There’s an endless appetite for trash, apparently, though everyone would say that they don’t have that appetite," he said.
"But I think a lot of people do because people buy it. But there are bigger things to bitch about. It’s shocking how much bandwidth things can take up when there are far more important things going on in the world."
The couple, who wed in the backyard of their $20m home in Bel Air, looked more loved-up than ever at the Oscars on Sunday.
Pitt, who has been nominated five times for acting and producing roles, was a no-show at the ceremony, as was his estranged wife, a previous Best Supporting Actress winner.
His personal life has been under the microscope since he was accused of child abuse, which he was eventually cleared of, in November.
He has six children with Jolie - Maddox (15), Pax (13), Zahara (12), Shiloh (10) and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - and he is currently fighting for joint custody, while the actress wants sole custody.
During a recent trip to Cambodia, Jolie finally broke her silence on her much publicised split.
"We are focusing on the health of our family. And so we will be (healthier).
"We will be stronger when we come out of this, because that's what we're determined to do as a family."
Asked if she still believed Pitt was a "wonderful father", as she had once described him, she replied: "Of course. We will always be a family."