It’s not that I am not used to marriages ending in Hollywood but there are some couples I have really been rooting for. Maybe I should say that there are some Hollywood marriages I believe in. Yes I know it is naïve to believe in a couple based on the limited information we have about their real life but nevertheless as a hopeless romantic, it’s still true for me. So I was rooting for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. I can’t pretend that this support began at the beginning of the relationship, especially since it’s start relative to the end of his relationship with Jennifer Anniston was concerning. However as the relationship evolved, I got on board. My admiration for Angelina increased, as I was impressed by her embracing her role as a mother as well as that of a humanitarian. I admired the diversity she embraced in her family and I believed in her love for all her children both those by adoption and those by biology.
I noticed some of the comments that Brad Pitt was quoted as saying about her and I noticed the pictures of them together. I noticed that he stood by her with her difficult decision to have a double mastectomy. I believed in his love for her.
Perhaps like many others, I was shocked when I heard that she had filed for divorce.
I still look for reasons but they seem to be emerging.
Without going into specific details, which can easily be obtained from a Google search I have come to this conclusion; Angelina is a mother above all else and is willing to protect her kids regardless of the personal cost.
As much as I am a believer in marriage and an advocate for a happy union, as a mother myself, I agree with the line she has drawn. If she thinks that the well being of her children is threatened, she chooses her children. I only admire her more.
As for Brad I still like him. I still hope for him. I would like him to do whatever it takes to regain her trust and find his place back in the family but if he cannot I hope that he respects her and realizes that the same woman he fell in love with is the same one who had the courage to leave. Because at the end of the day I believe she chose the true love of her life.