For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, declares an irrefutable law of physics. So it should come as no surprise that amid reports of the original Bennifer reuniting, we must allow the forces of the universe to restore equilibrium by tearing Brangelina asunder. In the same week that former celebrity couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are seeing each other again, disproving F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s diktat that there are no second acts in American lives, comes the devastating news that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, citing that old stand-by of celebrity splits, “irreconcilable differences”, and in doing so possibly proving Fitzgerald’s observation that there are only four kinds of people: the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.
Jolie and Pitt have been together since 2004, have acted in two films together and co-produced several more, and have a mini United Nations for a family. They first met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith, and rumors that their chemistry offscreen matched the intensity of their onscreen relationship gave birth to a million tabloid stories (Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time), and along with Bennifer (or Bennifer 1.0 as it’s properly known, to avoid confusion with Bennifer 2.0), forever seared into public consciousness the idea that all celebrity couples need ridiculous nicknames, from TomKat to Kimye to Hiddle