6 Lessons Every Couple Can Learn From Brangelina’s Divorce

It’s impossible to escape reports about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s ongoing (and increasingly messy) split. While Brangelina’s divorce is the headlines, experts say non-celeb couples could learn a thing or two from their mistakes. 

Below, parenting, marriage and legal experts share six takeaways from the power couple’s marriage and separation. 

1. Every relationship is vulnerable, even the ones that appear perfect.

On the surface, Pitt and Jolie had the perfect life together: As a couple,they traveled the world to assist with humanitarian crises and co-starred in movies (albeit critically panned ones). They have six adorable kids, own multiple properties across the world ― and in their spare time, they even managed to produce a wine that was deemed the “best Rosé in the world” back in 2013.

But as their divorce proves, even golden couples have their issues, said Aaron Anderson, a marriage and family therapist in Denver, Colorado.

“Treat your marriage like it is delicate at all times – because it is,” he said. “Even though things might seem fine on the outside, it’s what you’re feeling inside that matters. Don’t ever make any assumptions about the health of your marriage.”

For a marriage to work, “you need to nurture it, work on it and always pay attention to it,” Anderson said. 

2. Second and third marriages are often harder than first. 

Couples in second or third marriages face a higher risk for divorce ― and this wasn’t the first marriage for either parties. Jolie was previously married Jonny Lee Miller in 1996 and then Billy Bob Thornton in 2000 ― the same year Pitt wed Jennifer Aniston. Four years later, Pitt and Aniston became embroiled in a highly publicized separation after he met Jolie on the set of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” 

That’s a rocky start for any couple― let alone one whose every move was covered by the tabloids, said Virginia Gilbert, a marriage and family therapist based in Los Angeles. 

“When you had rocky start like that, it’s easy to idealize your new partner’s good qualities while ignoring any relationship red flags,” she said. “Problems you tried to escape in your first marriage will likely manifest in subsequent relationships if you don’t resolve them.” 

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Second and third marriages, like Jolie and Pitt’s, tend to be more perilous, experts say.

3. If your marriage ends, try to keep the details private.

Though rumors about why Pitt and Jolie split turned ugly fast (there have been allegations of parental verbal abuse and substance use against Pitt), both parties were quick to release carefully crafted statements on the split and have stayed tight-lipped since. 

That’s a smart approach, said Karen Covy, a divorce attorney and mediator and the author of When Happily Ever After Ends: How to Survive Your Divorce Emotionally, Financially and Legally.

“No one’s divorce is going to garner media attention like Brangelina’s, but there’s still plenty of people who will be sniffing around for information,” Covy said. “Like Brangelina, create a short statement about your divorce. (’My spouse and I are getting a divorce. I appreciate your concern and hope that you will respect our family’s need for privacy and space at this difficult time’), then stick to it.” 

That way, whenever your noisy neighbor or co-worker pries for details, you’ll have your spiel ready to go and won’t be caught off-guard.

“No one’s divorce is going to garner media attention like Brangelina’s, but there’s still plenty of people who will be sniffing around for information.
Karen Covy, divorce attorney

4. Hire the best attorney (or the best you can afford).

When it came time to file for divorce, Jolie found one of the best lawyers in the business: Laura Wasser, a famous-in-her-own-right divorce attorney whose represented Johnny Depp, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum. Regular folks should do the same, and while they’re at it, try to stay out of court, said Randall Kessler, a divorce attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. 

“[Pitt and Jolie’s] attorneys will almost certainly try their best to keep this from ever going to court,” he said. “Good lawyers understand the enormous benefits of settlement, for big or small cases.”

He added: “Resolution without a knock-down trial is almost always better for the parties and certainly better for the kids. Seasoned, experienced lawyers can usually work together to agree on an outcome. They know what settlement is OK or within what would likely happen in court.” 

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Pitt and Jolie have a new evolving relationship as co-parents.  

5. Protect your kids from parental conflict.

In her divorce filing, Jolie requested full physical custody of the couple’s six children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox. On Friday, it was reported that the pair had come to a temporary divorce agreement for the next three weeks. 

Regardless of who gets custody, keeping the kids out of the conflict is essential, said Rosalind Sedacca, a divorce and parenting coach and the author of How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce?

“You need to have sensitivity and objectivity about the children’s needs,” she said. “You want to tell your children what they need to know about changes in their lives without bad-mouthing their other parent. Remind them that they are loved regardless of what happens. Don’t rob them of their childhood by sharing adult information with them.” 

6. Your marriage may be over, but you’ll always be co-parents.  

Pitt and Jolie have both expressed a desire to put their family first ― a sentiment they should stick to if they want to be good co-parents, said Laura Heck, a marriage and family therapist in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

“Working on communication and compromise doesn’t end just because you take your ring off; it becomes even more important because the foundation of the marital friendship is shattered and the grace you once offered your partner is long gone,” she said. “I would highly recommend Pitt and Jolie ― and any divorcing couple ― get therapy as they work on their new evolving relationship as co-parents.”

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Donald Trump Appeared In A Playboy Softcore Porn Video

Early Friday morning, Donald Trump tried to disgrace former Miss Universe Alicia Machado by accusing her of having a sex tape.

Turns out, he sort of has one of his own.

BuzzFeed News recently uncovered a relic from Trump’s past: a softcore video documentary made in 1999 called “Playboy Video Centerfold 2000.”

As might be expected from the title, the video features lots of shots of naked women dancing and posing, as well as touching themselves (and each other).

There are also scenes of aspiring centerfold models rubbing honey on themselves and taking baths (presumedly to wash off that honey).

Don’t worry: Trump doesn’t do any of those things.

He appears in a brief cameo in which he opens a champagne bottle with the help of some playmates and then pours it on the Playboy bunny logo.

“Beauty is beauty, and let’s see what happens with New York,” Trump says.

No, his actions don’t result in him being stopped and frisked by New York police.

Here’s a SFW video trailer of this opus.

Usually, presidential candidates shy away from anything that smacks of the adult industry.

For instance, earlier this year, Ted Cruz pulled an ad after discovering it featured an actress, Amy Lindsay, who had previously appeared in softcore films such as “Carnal Wishes,” “Insatiable Desires” and “Private Sex Club.”

Trump, who has also appeared on the cover of Playboy, has no such qualms. The film is still mentioned on his IMDB page.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a Huffington Post request for comment.

Although Trump told Playboy in 2004, “I’ve always said, ‘If you need Viagra, you’re probably with the wrong girl,’” he seems willing to ignore his horn dog past if it gets him votes from Republicans who are much more conservative.

In August, Trump signed a pledge promising to crack down on pornography if elected.

It’s unclear whether that includes videos and magazines featuring him.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Snoop Dogg Painted A Masterpiece Just For Martha Stewart

In the realm of unlikely friendships, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart have to be our favorite.

The rapper and the lifestyle mogul have baked brownies, mashed potatoes and roasted Justin Bieber together. They even have their own dinner party TV show premiering soon.

Their special bond apparently includes thoughtful gifts. On Friday, Stewart tweeted a photo of an original Snoop Dogg painting he gave to her.

Stewart described the painting, which features a dog, as “very nice.” 

Though they’re obviously BFFs now, Stewart and Snoop weren’t always this close. Two years ago, in a Reddit Ask Me Anything, Stewart said she wished that she and Snoop were better friends.

Her prayers have definitely been answered, because nothing says friendship like a hand-painted gift.

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Trans People Are Sharing Selfies On Twitter With #TransTakeover To Spread Love

1. Earlier this week, the transgender community started sharing selfies on Twitter using the hashtag #TransTakeover.

8. Raquel Willis, a writer at the Trans Law Center in Oakland, CA, created a Twitter Moment for the hashtag on Friday when she noticed it really taking off.

“Twitter’s trans community is large and super active. #TransTakeover shows there’s more to our community beyond glitz, glamour and headlines,” Willis wrote of the selfie trend.

9. The same hashtag has been used in the past, usually to mark a special occasion like the annual Trans Day of Remembrance, but it appears this particular effort was started by Twitter users @daddydev and @matttbh_.

“We started it because we both saw a hashtag on Twitter called #TransGirlsBreakTheInternet, but we thought that it’s about time there was a diverse hashtag that didn’t only cover transgender people, but non-binary and queer people,” the two told BuzzFeed News.

10. They were both surprised by how many people the hashtag reached, not expecting the trend to catch on so widely.

I can’t believe #transtakeover reached as many people as it did I’m so fucking proud right now @dadddydev

— matt (@matttbh_)


“We reached so many people of all shapes, sizes, and identities, we could never have imagined that response at all,” they said. “We’re just two people from small towns in the UK. It was super nice to see how many people used it as a way of coming out.”

11. “I hope that people take from this that trans people don’t all look the same,” they added. “They’re not all white, skinny and androgynous people — they’re all unique and they’re all valid.”

The things that gets to me the most is how many people found the courage to come out bcos of the #TransTakeover :'(

— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@dadddydev)

12. Check out the hashtag for yourself right here.

me when i see a new hashtag i can post selfies in #transtakeover

— jason voorhees (@memestealingrat)

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Trans People Are Sharing Selfies On Twitter With #TransTakeover To Spread Love

1. Earlier this week, the transgender community started sharing selfies on Twitter using the hashtag #TransTakeover.

8. Raquel Willis, a writer at the Trans Law Center in Oakland, CA, created a Twitter Moment for the hashtag on Friday when she noticed it really taking off.

“Twitter’s trans community is large and super active. #TransTakeover shows there’s more to our community beyond glitz, glamour and headlines,” Willis wrote of the selfie trend.

9. The same hashtag has been used in the past, usually to mark a special occasion like the annual Trans Day of Remembrance, but it appears this particular effort was started by Twitter users @daddydev and @matttbh_.

“We started it because we both saw a hashtag on Twitter called #TransGirlsBreakTheInternet, but we thought that it’s about time there was a diverse hashtag that didn’t only cover transgender people, but non-binary and queer people,” the two told BuzzFeed News.

10. They were both surprised by how many people the hashtag reached, not expecting the trend to catch on so widely.

I can’t believe #transtakeover reached as many people as it did I’m so fucking proud right now @dadddydev

— matt (@matttbh_)


“We reached so many people of all shapes, sizes, and identities, we could never have imagined that response at all,” they said. “We’re just two people from small towns in the UK. It was super nice to see how many people used it as a way of coming out.”

11. “I hope that people take from this that trans people don’t all look the same,” they added. “They’re not all white, skinny and androgynous people — they’re all unique and they’re all valid.”

The things that gets to me the most is how many people found the courage to come out bcos of the #TransTakeover :'(

— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@dadddydev)

12. Check out the hashtag for yourself right here.

me when i see a new hashtag i can post selfies in #transtakeover

— jason voorhees (@memestealingrat)

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