5 common reactions to the Brangelina split — and what they mean

Your response says more about you than it does about them.
FILE - In this May 28, 2014 file photo, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the world premiere of "Maleficent" in Los Angeles. Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, bringing an end to one of the world's most star-studded, tabloid-generating romances. An attorney for Jolie Pitt, Robert Offer, said Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, that she has filed for the dissolution of the marriage. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) Photo, Matt Sayles/Invision/The Associated Press.

Sadness. Anger. Indifference.

Almost all of us felt a little something after hearing the news that Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were calling it quits after two years of marriage, 12 years as a couple and many, many kids. But your reaction isn't really about Angie and Brad having to navigate heartbreak and co-parenting, it's about your outlook on love, marriage and every situationship that exists in-between.

Below, the true meaning behind the outpouring of emotion on social media today.

Reaction 1: "If they can't make it, who can?!" You believe "making it" means a fairytale forever. But let's be real, we all know there's a reason fairytales always end immediately after the wedding.

Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt

Reaction 2: Jennifer Aniston has achieved a karmic victory. Girl, that's cold. You likely believe that the world has a certain order, and if that order is disrupted, the wronged will be vindicated sooner or later.


Reaction 3: Leave Jen alone. How does a story about a divorce devolve into meme-a-palooza about the husband's ex?! You're sick of women being defined by men and portrayed as gossipy, petty, grudge-holding humans.

Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt

Reaction 4: An unsurprised shrug. You believe this split is further evidence monogamy ain't for humans. Time to dust off your copy of The Ethical Slut to lend to friends.

Brangelina tweet - monogamy

Reaction 5: Fall-on-the-floor devastation. It might be time to consider that you're just a bit too personally invested in #Brangelina.



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