Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are one of the most well-publicized and closely followed celebrity couples in the world. They are beautiful, blockbuster movie stars, active philanthropists and globetrotting parents juggling a large brood. Seemingly long strides from common folk courtships, we take a deeper look into Brad and Angelina’s relationship and find that it may offer some universal tips for everyone managing relationships, careers and parenthood.
Celebrity Relationship Synopsis:
The rumor of a relationship between the two-time “Sexiest Man Alive” Brad Pitt and one of the “World’s Sexiest People,” Angelina Jolie, started during the filming of their movie ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’. Brad was still married at the time, filed for divorce and months later confirmed the emerging relationship with Ms. Jolie. Angie was divorced at the time from her former hubby and had just recently adopted her first child. Both have been married before, Brad just once and Angie twice, and both have experienced extensive professional success before and after their union. As this super couple emerged, three adopted and three biological children have added to their star power, while the two have continued to star in major movies, moved around the world and have also made significant strides in humanitarian ventures.
We have compiled a brief armchair analysis of Brad and Angie’s relationship along with the best curative for the following common relationship issues:
1.) Working Together:
Co-stars in ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’, the two shared the screen in the 2005 hit. In addition to working together on screen, Brad was still technically married at the time of his reported connection with Angelina. Wagging tongues and on-screen chemistry ignited, fueling a media frenzy.
In everyday life, dating a co-worker may breed an unkind reputation and lead to uncomfortable encounters, should things go south. An easy path to follow, you spend more time at the workplace than anywhere else. But, with whispers, potential favoritism, and a chance at overindulging in too much of a good thing, romantic relationships prove challenging in the office.
2.) Previous Marriages:
With a six-month engagement to Gwyneth Paltrow and a five-year marriage to Jennifer Aniston ending in divorce, Brad has had his share of failed long-term relationships. Angelina shares an unfortunate marriage history as she was previously married to Jonny Lee Miller and most recently Billy Bob Thornton for three years.
With unsuccessful relationships in the past, it’s no wonder why you may be gun-shy about the weight of another wedlock or the possibility of another failure. It can prove challenging to keep your experiences separate and have another “at bat” at traditional commitment. However, previous missteps can just make future successes more likely, as now you are wiser and more mature.
3.) Responsibilities of Parenthood/Juggling Time:
Juggling massive careers and dedicated to philanthropy, Brangelina must also find time to shuffle parenthood and coupledom. Putting the children first, Angelina has mentioned that she intends to share time with her partner in their later years while enjoying her children now. Although it’s reasonable to prioritize your children, dedicating time to your partnership is also crucial. If not, you risk sending a red flag that your role as a parent replaces that of a partner.
Parenthood is a challenge regardless if you have one or six children. But a strong support system and babysitters club is necessary to find some time to build your foundation as a couple. Work together to determine a weekly date night or a set aside time after bedtime to discuss anything but work and the kids. If you reserve time to communicate and share, you and your mate can gain strength from that foundation during life’s developments.
The Jolie- Pitts have set up shop around the world, adding to their brood along the way. From Africa and New Orleans to France and Berlin, the family seems to repeatedly begin another leg of their world tour. Immersing your family into diverse cultures provides a well-rounded training ground to celebrate differences. However, constant moving can also be distracting to the heart and home.
Children and adults alike benefit from a settled home base, giving something constant to the ever-evolving family size, career demands and the ebb and flow of everyday. Perhaps family vacations to faraway lands can provide the broad horizons garnered from world travels.
5.) Age Difference:
With a significant age difference of 12 years, Brad is older. With a span of years between them, Angelina and Brad may have different expectations when it comes to their relationship, careers or childrearing expectations. Differences in age aren’t a deal breaker by any means. However, it can lead to a gap in personal experience or various points of reference. Maybe your new gal goes blank when you impersonate President “I am not a crook” Nixon or is it embarrassing if you your new guy has no idea that recording artist M.I.A. is not a war veteran.
6.) Loss of Parent(s)
Suffering the loss of her mother Marcheline Bertrand in early 2007, Angie is also reportedly estranged from her father, actor Jon Voight. Enduring a painful blow of losing or separating from your parents can lead to emotionally shutting down, a variety of trust issues and looming sadness or depression. As a partner through this emotional journey, your role is to be the rock of support and a concerned listener. If you are the one bearing the loss and feel overwhelmed, see a professional for additional support and guidance.
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