After months of speculation, news that one of Hollywood’s most popular couples — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt — splitting up was confirmed after Jolie filed for divorce.
For years, the couple gave followers relationship goals with their ever-expanding rainbow family. Two years ago, they even said “I do” at a private wedding ceremony after their children pressured them into.
The love story only got more romantic, Notebook-style, with Brad standing by Angelina through her cancer scare and depression. It seemed like nothing could come in between this power couple.
The split left many crushed.
Here is a look at how ‘Bradgelina’ came together, and then fell apart:
Brad and Angelina met and “fell in love” while filming Mr and Mrs Smith (2005). Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston of Friend’s fame at the time while Angelina had recently divorced Billy Bob Thornton. Brad and Jennifer were a popular couple, earning Brad a lot of flak from Jennifer’s fans. ‘Home wrecker’ Jolie also drew a lot of ire.
Jennifer officially files for divorce from Pitt in March. Jolie and Pitt promote Mr and Mrs Smith together but keep things under wraps.
Brad holidays with Angelina and her adopted son Maddox in Kenya.
Angelina and Brad appear on the cover of W magazine together. Angelina adopts another child, this time a girl from Ethiopia, Zahara.
Jennifer and Brad’s divorce is finalised.
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt at Premiere of The Good Shepherd, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY, December 11, 2006.
Angelina reveals she is expecting a child with Pitt.
Their daughter Shiloh is born.
Angelina adopts three-year-old Pax from Vietnam.
Angelina confirms she is expecting twins at the Cannes Film Festival.
Twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline are born.
Angelina accepts that her romance with Brad started when he was still married to Jennifer.
Brad Pitt tells Parade magazine that Angelina has made his life interesting and that Jennifer is an “incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend”.
Brad and Angelina at the 2012 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Centre. January 7, 2012.
Angelina and Brad reveal they are engaged.
Angelina gets a secret double mastectomy after discovering she has a defective BRCA-1 gene that put her at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. She tells the world about it in a New York Times Op Ed in May. Angelina’s mother Marcheline Bertrand had died of the same cancer in 2007, as did her grandmother.
The couple ties the knot in a secret ceremony in Chateau Miraval in France. They said that the decided to marry because of their kids.
Their second film together, By The Sea, hits theatres. Angelina, who also directed the film about a couple teetering on the edge, revealed that making the movie was testing the strength of their relationship.
Rumours of their alleged split start surfacing in the media. International Business Times reported that Brad and Angelina’s relationship had been in trouble for months, beginning prior to the Pitts’ recent move to London with their children Pax, Zahara, Maddox, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.
The rift was reportedly caused by the discovery of Jolie’s ‘diary confessions,’ reported IBT. The National Enquirer reported that Pitt was bothered by reminders of his wife’s past problems, including “heroin binges” and “kinky sex games”.
Life & Style magazine said the couple’s impeding separation is the result of “jealousy, fights and other man”. Without naming who this man is, the magazine went on to say that the couple is already living apart. Earlier allegations had also said that Angelina’s dramatic weight loss is a contentious issue between the couple; the 5’ 7” actor weighs about 40 kg.
The rumours further fuelled when reports emerged that Pitt was cheating on his wife with French actor Marion Cotillard. Pitt is currently shooting Allied in England and an insider told RadarOnline: “There is totally something going on between (Brad and Marion). They had insane chemistry right from the start, and many crewmembers believe they’ve been acting on it in private.”
TMZ reports that Angelina Jolie filed for divorce. “This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time,” attorney Robert Offer said in the statement.
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