On Tuesday, news broke that managed to actually steal the limelight from the presidential race: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have split up, according to multiple reports. Jolie Pitt's attorney, Robert Offer, confirmed to the Associated Press that the Oscar-winning actress had filed for divorce "for the health of the family." The end of Brangelina is not being taken well by many on the web, leading to the big question: is there any chance Pitt and Jolie will get back together?
The Twitterverse has not been shy about its glass case of emotions over the impending divorce for Hollywood's most famous — and, to many, most beloved — couple. Chrissy Teigen's tweet may have said it best: "Brad and Angelina. How am I supposed to go to work today?" A proliferation of broken heart and tear-faced emojis devoured social media feeds as news of what may be the most famous split of the 21st Century (perhaps, only eclipsed by Pitt's prior one with Jennifer Anniston) spread like wildfire.
But what are the odds that Pitt and Jolie will mend fences and get back together? Well, some other celebrity couples have certainly managed to patch things up — or at least trying to do so. Jennifer Garner's split from Ben Affleck was one of the more devastating fractures in the 2015 summer of celebrity breakups, but some recent reports suggest they're trying to make it work.
And there are certainly celebrity couples that have even gotten divorced and then remarried. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's famously passionate/volatile relationship led the iconic Hollywood pair to walk down the aisle not once, but twice.
So, yes, there is still hope for the Brangelina devotees that these two wildly attractive, world-famous celebrities will find a way to make it work. However, I wouldn't hold my breath.
For one, unlike Garner and Affleck, who technically haven't filed for divorce, Jolie has already got that ball rolling. That suggests that Jolie is pretty set on her decision. Moreover, the New York Post reported that Jolie is filing for divorce, in part, because she hired a private eye who discovered Pitt was having an affair with his Allied co-star, Marion Cotillard. Neither Jolie, Pitt, nor Cotillard has confirmed the allegations. (Update: Cotillard released a statement on Instagram denying the allegations of an affair with Pitt as well, and referencing her current partner, Guillaume Canet, as the love of her life: "I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need." Read the full statement here.)
Another point worth noting for the #ThisSplitIsReal camp, Jolie has not only hired a famed Hollywood divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, but has specifically filed for joint legal custody, not joint physical custody, according to TMZ. The site reported that this difference is, "significant ... she does not want Brad to have joint physical custody ... only joint legal custody."
For now, it's looking like there will be no sequel for Jolie and Pitt's marriage.