‘George has always hated Ange and really disliked the way she controlled Brad throughout their marriage,’ says a source.
‘He loved Brad and Jen when they were together and was devastated when they split – especially when he found out it was because of Ange, who he’d never heard good things about.
‘So when Ange and Brad split, George was the first person to call him and reconnect – and also plant the seed about reaching out to Jen.
‘He’d stayed in contact with Jen even after her divorce from Brad – and they’ve never stopped being close.
When George heard that her marriage to Justin was on the rocks, he really stepped up efforts to reconcile the pair.
‘Now it’s happened, he’s out there telling anyone who’ll listen that he’s responsible. He’s pretty chuffed about it.’
While Brad would’ve been glad to at long last get up to speed with George and Sean – companions his identity permitted to hang out with while he was hitched to Ange – one eminent no-appear at the pre-Oscars end of the week supper was Jen.