“Justin spent much of their marriage feeling like he was this substitute version of her ex, but she’d assure him time and time again that wasn’t the case. Now it turns out he was right, and that hurts him. It makes Justin feel like he wasted years of his life with the wrong woman, who was ultimately in love with someone else.
“Right after Justin and Jen split, he started writing as a way to heal and rebuild his life. It was cathartic to note down the highs and lows, but originally it wasn’t Justin’s intention to call Jen out or say anything negative about their years together.
“Now though, all bets are off and there’s a sense from Justin that he has nothing to lose. Besides the fact she’s ignoring him there’s also a business side to it all and he realises there won’t be many takers if he doesn’t include plenty of juice about his relationship with Jen.”
According to the source, the meatiest material will be documenting what went wrong and what it was like being with someone who’s still in love with their ex. Jen told Justin so much about her past and it’ll really boost the narrative for him to include some of those anecdotes.
“That’s gotten back to Jen, as well as Brad, and they’re both freaking out and trying to stop Justin in his tracks,” they add.
“They don’t want to resort to an ugly battle if they can help it, which is why Brad has taken this head on and he’s pleading with Justin to see sense and hold off on including passages about Jen or himself.
“They’ve had a few chats over the phone and Brad has made the point that this was hurtful and wholly unnecessary, to go so low and dish out secrets he and Jen don’t want told.
“But Justin has calmly informed Brad that it’s his right to write this book in any way he wants. He didn’t sign any form of non-disclosure agreement with Jen and their marriage was more of an informal, spiritual ceremony than anything legal. So Brad and Jen are really at Justin’s mercy.
“There’s nothing she or Brad can do to change his mind – and he’s not going to hold back.”
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