It can best be described as the “Mother of all divorces “ after the sensational news that Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, actress, filmmaker and humanitarian have filed for divorce after being together for 12 years and married for two.
Jolie, winner of an academy award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards who happens to be one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses filed for divorce quoting irreconcilable differences. She has also requested for custody of their six children .
Jolie, besides achieving fame for her acting career is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, as special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. For her humanitarian work and charitable cause, she has received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George among other honors.
An advocate of various causes, including conservation, education, and women’s rights, especially her work with the UNHCR has made her a most influential and powerful figure in the American film industry.
She is also described as the world’s most beautiful woman by many. She was previously married to actor Johnny Lee miller and Billy Bob Thorton and she has now ended her marriage to one of the world’s greatest heartthrobs, Brad Pitt.
The couple who were known by the sobriquet Brangelina crossing Brad with Angelina were the most sought after, visible, high-profile pair ever seen in Hollywood for a very long time.
They were loved, admired, adulated by millions of fans throughout the length and breadth of the globe.
Their humane gesture to adopt a Cambodian boy, Maddox, an Ethiopian girl Zahara and later a Vietnamese boy Pax touched the hearts of millions all over the world. In addition to the adopted three , they have 3 children of their own including twins.
It is being said that Brad Pitt was taken aback by Jolie’s sudden disclosure although he had been expecting it. Speaking to the press He has requested them to give the couple privacy and space as they were going through a very difficult time.
Rumors are afloat that the custody battle over the children would turn ugly but the couple is looking for a cordial and amicable dissolution of the marriage.
It is worth mentioning is Brad Pitt is one of the richest actors in Hollywood and the divorce settlement will be huge and in millions.
Jolie is also requesting to keep some miscellaneous jewelry and other personal effects as well as any earnings from after the date of their separation and other separate assets to be determined later.
Although millions of ordinary people get divorced on a regular basis, It is the name and the fame of this couple which is drawing worldwide attention.
Pitt and Angelina met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004 and Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston, the star of the successful T.V series Friends.
Pitt and Anniston split in 2005 and were shortly divorced thereafter. Thus began a twelve-year relation between Pitt and Jolie two which were in wedlock.
They became the most celebrated couple in the world both having achieved fame and success.
In 2013 Jolie underwent a mastectomy surgery following a discovery she carried a mutation of the BRCA1 gene which greatly increased her risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Pitt was a great support and by her side throughout this difficult time.
In 2014 they were married in a small, private ceremony in a chapel at Château Miraval in the village of Correns.
The following year, Jolie once again made headlines for her health when she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to guard against cancer.
When the news broke about the couple’s divorce Internet went crazy. Brangelina is no more and digital media, newspapers. Magazines went frantic to cover the news.
Both Pitt and Jolie are heavily focused on the children and their wellbeing is very much on their minds and has been repeatedly requesting the media to give them space and privacy.
The Brangelina divorce is a very high-profile matter but theirs is not the only divorce which has been highlighted.
Some other high-profile divorces are that of Tom cruise and Nicole Kidman’s marriage after ten years of matrimony, Michael Douglas and Darden Douglas when Douglas decided to marry Catherina Zeta-Jones, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, Phil Collins and Orange covey and James Cameron and Linda Hamilton all of which ran into multi- million dollar settlements.
Perhaps the most turbulent love story of the 21st century was that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the early sixties. The two stars met for the first time on the set of the epic movie Cleopatra where both had the lead roles. The chemistry between the two was such that they both became inseparable after that although both were married.
Their was a fairy-tale romance which many thought would last happily ever after. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were married and divorced twice, and their union was probably the most notorious and dramatic of the 20th century.
Consumed with a passion for each other, their first on-screen kiss lasted so long that the director had to ask them whether he could say ‘cut’. They carried on kissing.
Elizabeth and Richard’s affair caused a huge sensation. She was married to Eddie Fisher, her fourth husband, whom she had famously ‘stolen’ from Debbie Reynolds. Their chemistry was such that they could not get enough of each other.
They pursued a lavish lifestyle jet-setting across the globe with worthy of Hollywood’s most famous couple yachts, private jets, glittering parties and, of course, jewels.
It is said that Richard once paid more than $1 million dollars for a diamond necklace for his wife, thereafter dubbed The Taylor-Burton Diamond.
But like many of them, their relationship was wrecked marred by alcoholism and bitter fighting. Friends noted that Elizabeth and Richard seemed to enjoy hurling insults at each other, almost as if it were foreplay.
Marital infidelity became a cause for divorce and after 10 years of bliss they divorced. However, the passion did not die and they pursued each other and met in 1975 and the love rekindled.
They met up in the summer of 1975 to discuss their financial affairs but ended up weeping in each other’s arms although both were married again. In August, it was announced that they were in love again, and the pair remarried in October. But within weeks, they fell back into their old habit of fighting and making up.
They began sleeping in separate bedrooms, and Richard soon found himself enraptured with another woman, his future wife, Suzy Hunt.
Elizabeth and Richard divorced for the second and final time in July 1976 and Burton married Suzy three weeks later. Elizabeth soon remarried as well, to the wealthy American John Warner.
Elizabeth and Richard remained fond of each other, however, and she even celebrated her 50th birthday in 1982, with him on her arm.
Rumours of a reconciliation abounded, and Elizabeth and Richard announced that they would work together once more, in a stage production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives. It is believed that Elizabeth hoped to tempt Richard into a third marriage.
They say marriages are made in heaven but for celebrity couples they break up on earth.
During happier times, as newlyweds in 1964, Reviews for the play were appalling, and Elizabeth drank so heavily that she failed to turn up for a performance one night. Furious at her, Richard married his young assistant, Sally Hay, instead. He was to die a year later, in 1984.
Elizabeth and Richard remained obsessed with one another, however. Before his death, Richard supposedly said of his ex-wife to a friend ‘she still fascinates, you know’.
Elizabeth, too, remained devoted to him. As an older woman, she reportedly said that, had Richard lived, she was sure they would have married again.
Their love was the kind that does not die. Explaining why they couldn’t make it work, Elizabeth once said: ‘Maybe we loved each other too much.’
Their love story had the makings of a Hollywood movie. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were married and divorced twice, and their union was probably the most notorious and dramatic of the 20th century.
From the moment their eyes met on the set of Cleopatra in 1963, the two stars were consumed with one another. Their first on-screen kiss lasted so long that the director had to ask them whether he could say ‘cut’. They carried on kissing.
Elizabeth and Richard’s affair caused a huge sensation. Both were already married – she to her fourth husband Eddie Fisher, who she had famously ‘stolen’ from Debbie Reynolds. The Vatican condemned their union, calling it ‘erotic vagrancy’, and the world’s press closely monitored their relationship from then on.