It’s been hard to keep up with the endless rumors surrounding Angelina Jolie’s decision to file for divorce from Brad Pitt – partly because there are just so many of them, but also because the whole thing is just so very sad.
The main story, of course, is the story of Brad’s alleged child abuse, and then there was the rumor that Brad cheated on Angelina with Marion Cotillard.
There are also the theories about Brad’s reported substance abuse issues, and on and on.
But there’s a new report now … grab your tissues, because your heart and your tear ducts will surely struggle with this.
Radar reports that Brangelina was "fine" until 2014, when she directed "Unbroken."
"It seemed like Angelina thought it didn’t get quite the reception she had expected," an insider claims. "And that was just the beginning of the end for them."
This source goes on to say that their struggles continued with last year’s "By The Sea," the movie that Angelina directed and starred in, along with Brad — the movie the source calls "a complete disaster."
"By The Sea," if you’ll remember, didn’t do too well in the box office, nor was it a hit with critics.
Its failure, the source says, was "the real reason that Angie moved to London. After the movie tanked, she wanted to get out of Hollywood."
Unfortunately, this report purports that "Brad never really made the move to London with her."
Apparently "Angelina moved there with the kids to focus on her humanitarian efforts," but Brad "never wanted to go to London," and the move "was her idea" in the first place.
And that’s that.
This version of events — which, by the way, is said to be from a "pal" of Brad’s — is pretty mellow compared to some of the other things we’ve heard this week.
According to this story, Angelina couldn’t take a couple of career hits, so she pulled away from Brad, and they sort of drifted apart. A common story, but a sad one nonetheless.
It’s pretty interesting and convenient how this little tale tries to place the blame on Angelina though, right?
Look, facts are facts, and the facts here — the actual facts, not fun little stories like this — are pretty clear.
Brad did something on that plane to his oldest child, Maddox, and it upset Angelina enough for her to file for divorce almost immediately afterwards.
Maybe it was abusive, maybe it wasn’t, but whatever it was was enough to make Angelina bring an end to a relationship that had lasted more than a decade.
And maybe she did pull away from Brad after a couple of her movies didn’t do as well as she’d hoped, but does that excuse whatever it was exactly that Brad did? Probably not.
So here’s an idea: instead of thinking up fun and creative ways in which we can twist this story to make it Angelina’s fault, why don’t we just buck up and admit that maybe Brad isn’t America’s handsomest sweetheart after all?