Hollywood magazines and tabloids everywhere, and even the front page of the Philippine Star, bannered the announcement of the Pitt-Aniston split. And why not? Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are almost Hollywood royalty; and although some might be ecstatic at the thought that either of them is now single, most people were basically rooting for them to last forever, perhaps in the mold of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. I, for one, was hoping that somehow, there could be a near-perfect relationship under the glare of the klieg lights.
But then, Hollywood couples are subject to more strain and more temptation than your average-Joe couple (especially on location shoots away from the partner, besieged by the paparazzi, etc.), and therefore, the incidence of divorce is higher than regular non-showbiz people. Well, the odds were against them. And they lost.
You ask, if they couldn't do it, who can? A lot of us, I guess. We don't need to be Brad or Jen (or Angelina or Tom) to find love. In fact, in that department, we may be better off not being them.
Now? I guess I'm rooting for that "little couple"--Matthew Broderick and Sara Jessica Parker.
A little light reading:
Sky Showbiz - Brad & Jen - A Brief History
Last Song Syndrome: Kiliti - The Bodies (?)