But Jen and Gerard did not spend her actual birthday —February 11 — together and on that day, he was spotted with a dark-haired woman on his way to a physical therapy appointment in Santa Monica. Gerard also looked cozy with a pretty brunette outside of the Chris McMillan Salon, which is owned by Jen’s good friend and hairdresser, but an insider suspects that Gerard’s flirting is all a cover-up to keep the attention off his reignited romance with Jen.
If things don’t work out between Jen and Gerard this time around, however, Courteney will no doubt have her friend’s back. The two have been close since they met at an audition for Friends in 1994. “I trust her implicitly,” says Courteney. “I guess the reason why I love Jennifer so much is that I feel very safe with her — always.” Adds the source, “They are there for each other in any situation. No matter what kind of problems either one has, they can lean on each other. It’s a very rare friendship and they are lucky to have it.”
Jen knows she can always count on Courteney too, even if she doesn’t approve of the guys she dates. “Courteney is strong, rational, and always knows what’s right. She’s the go-to person for advice,” says the source. “She always has her best girl’s interest at heart. When it comes right down to it, they are like sisters.”
JoAnna Zulli is a New York-based writer who has worked for Star, Soap Opera Magazine, Woman’s World, In Touch and the New York Post.