Brangelina is no more! Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt, according to reports, allegedly citing irreconcilable differences.
The couple, who met in 2004 and married in 2014, have been together for 12 years, which – in Hollywood terms of course – is a lifetime. Yet after 12 solid years, 6 kids between them and their amazing sense of style, gene pool and hotness, we thought Brangelina would last forever and not go on the footsteps of other Hollywood couples whose break up left us heartbroken – over and over again.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
“We met on Pearl Harbor, which people hate, but we fell in love on Daredevil,” Ben Affleck once said.Affleck and Garner, who have three kids together, first started dating back in 2004 and married in 2005.
On June 30, 2015, after 10 years of marriage Ben and Jen announced their split “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time.”
Ben Affleck once dated Gwyneth Paltrow who once dated and style-coordinated with Brad Pitt – how’s that for two degrees of Hollywood separation?
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Which brings us to Gwyneth and her “conscious uncoupling” with Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin in 2014. While they split in 2014, they reached a divorce settlement in May 2016.
In a statement released through the actresses’ Goop blog, they said at the time: “We have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate. We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been.”
“I have a very wonderful separation-divorce. I’ve lived a lot of life since then,” said Martin in a recent interview with The Sunday Times.
The couple remain consciously close and are regularly spotted on holiday with their two children – Moses, 10, and Apple, 12.
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton
They were high school sweethearts. Actress Patton began dating singer Thicke when she was just 14, but this didn’t stop their marriage from crumbling when they separated in 2014 after nine years of married bliss amidst rumours of Thicke playing around.
“We will always love each other and be best friends; however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time,” the pair said in a joint statement upon announcing their separation.
“[Cheating] is not why we’re apart. We’re apart because we just couldn’t be together anymore for a while. There’s a hundred different reasons, there isn’t just one. There’s a long list… I changed, and I got a little too selfish, a little too greedy and little too full of myself,” said Thicke in an interview with Hot 97.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
“I never thought I would have babies with someone and then get divorced. Like, ‘Oh, great job. Repeat your past. But life happens and it was supposed to happen. It’s fine. For [my children], I wish it hadn’t happened that way. For me, it was … Guess it’s over. Call it a day,” said the soul diva, who is now engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer, in a recent interview.
The person she was talking about was of course Nick Cannon, the father of her twins and the man who many thought was the love of her life. Cannon, however, filed for divorce in December 2014 to officially end their six-year marriage after months of turmoil.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
Before Brangelina, of course, there was Brad’n’Jen – in a place and time far away when we hadn’t yet begun to name our celebrity couplings. Aniston, who has been happily married to Justin Theroux since August 2015, and Pitt split after almost a decade together in January 2005.
“We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate,” said their joint statement at the time. “For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration. We happily remain committed and caring friends with great love and admiration for one another.”
The “speculation reported by the tabloid media” was of course none other than Pitt’s controversial relationship with Mr and Mrs Smith co-star Jolie.
This was also the celebrity split that made slogan tees cool again. Team Jen, anyone?by