Now though, fans might be in luck, as the couple’s divorce process has apparently slowed in recent weeks. “The divorce is off,” said a source to US Weekly. “They haven’t done anything to move it forward in several months and no one thinks they are ever going to.” If that’s the case, then that’s good for them, and their family. But what right, really, do fans have to insert themselves in this process? Pitt, 53, and Jolie, 42, are both at ages where a divorce is tantamount to one’s entire life being ripped apart, their most important decision, the one that rooted their family, gone wrong. Even coming so close to divorce is itself traumatic. Two different narratives have formed in the wake of the divorce. For Brad Pitt, the image is of the lonely unshaven man derived of his family. Of course, whichever parent retains custody after the divorce will ultimately be the happiest. There is no way to smooth over the pain of moving out of your family home and living away from your children.
It’s inspiring if true, but we also can’t let ourselves get hung up on this. What if, in another two months, the pair finds that they can’t solve their differences, and the atmosphere is destructive to their children? The family is going through a lot right now, and the persistence of interviews, articles, Tweets and eyes bearing down upon them only magnifies the differences. The media cycle, surely, is for strangers. Pitt and Jolie would be fools to Google themselves. Brad Pitt has ditched alcohol altogether, and the divorce proceedings have frozen in their tracks. Let’s hope for the best for them, and for their children, who in adulthood will probably wish for nothing more than some peace and quiet (or become mega-stars like Jayden Smith and command our childrens’ social media for 50 years).