#Brangelina Is over but Everyone Is Focusing on the Wrong Person

After more than a decade as a pair, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, perhaps best known together as Brangelina, are reportedly calling it quits. Multiple outlets reported on Tuesday morning that Jolie has filed for divorce.

Countless social media users have inserted Pitt's former wife, Jennifer Aniston into the discussion, asserting that she must be celebrating right now because he famously left her for Jolie after they co-starred together in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" in 2005:

But even though Aniston said in 2008 that it was "uncool" of Jolie to publicly talk about falling in love with Pitt while he was still married, she hasn't said much of anything about this couple in years.

When Aniston and Jolie shared a red carpet together last year, Aniston said there was "no drama" between the two of them. That same year, when The New York Times noted in an interview that the Sony leaks revealed a Hollywood producer bashing Jolie, Aniston said she wasn't interested in weighing in on the issue.

Besides, since the dissolution of her marriage to Pitt in 2005, Aniston has also married boyfriend Justin Theroux, so why are people acting like she has had nothing better to do than hope for this to happen merely because she was dumped for another woman?


Some have highlighted the absurdity of this assumption:

One user noted the unfairness of reducing Aniston to a "bitter" ex-wife:

Aniston isn't the only woman who has been expected to celebrate a former flame's breakup.

A similar scenario played out with Vanessa Paradis when reports of her ex-partner Johnny Depp's divorce from Amber Heard first surfaced in the news cycle. Before news outlets reported that Heard had accused Depp of domestic abuse, Jezebel quipped, "Through all of this, I’m just imagining Vanessa Paradis sipping wine and cackling to herself as she wanders around her French chateau."

Even though it has been more than ten years since her split, Aniston is married to another man, and Aniston hasn't publicly said anything negative about Brangelina in years, the drama on social media persists, and she is continuously getting dragged into a discussion she never asked to join.

Bringing Aniston into the conversation sends the message that she is not allowed to move on because her divorce and former marriage are what defines her, even though she was an established actress before marrying Pitt in 2000 and has plenty of acting and promotional projects to keep her busy. Aniston is one of the most successful and visible actresses in Hollywood, with a reported net worth of $150 million and even a hair style named after her "Friends" character, yet people can't stop associating her with her ex-husband.

"Despite what many people seem to think, she wasn't sitting around waiting for Pitt and Jolie's marriage to fall apart, or sobbing each night over the failure of her relationship," Bustle's Rachel Simon wrote on Tuesday. "Sure, as a woman once married to the man whose break-up is making headlines, it's probable that she has a few thoughts on the matter, but it's highly doubtful that she's feeling the kind of schadenfreude people so eagerly want her to believe."