Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly divorcing. It is the end to Hollywood's most A-list of couplings and the kind of tabloid news that will cause a million little tweets declaring that "love is dead" and a surge of "If they can't make it work, what hope is there for the rest of us?" Facebook updates.
Take a deep breath. It's fine. They'll be fine in the end. They're Hollywood royalty after all. You'll also be just fine in the end. This really has nothing to do with you or the state of your love life. Everything will be fine. It's just that sometimes two adults, even when they're rich and famous and gorgeous and the vessel through which many dutiful American tabloid readers channel their most fanciful romantic fantasies, decide to end their relationship. Love isn't totally dead. It's just that theirs seems to be.
According to TMZ, no interloping party or infidelity is suspected to be at play. While "irreconcilable differences" are given as the official reason in the legal filings, the gossip site claims that Jolie was "extremely upset" with Pitt's parenting methods. She's enlisted Laura Wasser, the high-powered attorney who became Hollywood's "divorce queen" after Jolie previously hired her to handle her divorce from Billy Bob Thorton, to handle her side of the case.
And it'll all be fine. They'll still have the memories, and because they're a celebrity couple, you'll also have their memories. Because if all romances are a storybook, then Pitt and Jolie's was one that was often serialized in W magazine.
In 2005, the couple infamously collaborated with photographer Steven Klein for a shoot reenacting the highs and lows of a classic suburban American family to promote Mr. and Mrs. Smith. At the time, the couple weren't yet public with their romance, and Jennifer Aniston had only filed for divorce from Pitt months before.
The couple would not publically acknowledge their relationship until early 2006 when Jolie confirmed she was pregnant with Pitt's child.
In 2008, Pitt also published personal photographs he had taken of Jolie in the magazine as well.
The couple didn't officially get hitched until 2014, and the divorce filings come just months after their second anniversary.
Which seems sad, but, again, it'll be fine. It's probably best for everyone involved, and we'll all survive this together.
Update: Pitt has released the first official statement from either side. "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time," he told People.
More important than you, or Brad or Angie being fine, is that the kids are fine, and hopefully they will be.
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