Brad and Angelina: Kids take the hardest hit from divorce

It may be a wild theory to understand, but movie stars are people. Breakable souls that go through similar emotions as the audiences they wish to entertain. 

At the end of the day, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are human beings. They are as fallible and vulnerable as any of us. They have blood flowing through their veins and operate the same way. When I see that Jolie is filing for divorce from Pitt, I don't roll my eyes or smirk. This wasn't a two month Hollywood sabbatical. These two fell in love on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, romanced each other, and created a huge family that ran around the globe. 

When it is all said and done, their kids will suffer the most. They are at an age where everything is clear and present. They are knowledgeable and understand conflict better than expected. My 5-year-old would know something is wrong if dad and mom weren't going to stay together. 

Pitt and Jolie have six kids together. The allegations stemming from the possible split has to do with Pitt's alleged personal conduct and interaction with the kids. Jolie is seeking full physical custody and only wants Pitt to receive visitation. That is a huge factor, because normally a mutual parting will include joint custody. That is not the case and will place a specific strain on the kids. 

Jolie's history with her father, Jon Voight, can connect here. They had a shaky relationship as her career skyrocketed and they didn't speak for a long time. This may play into the part of her giving Pitt less amount of slack in this situation. Whatever the cause is, the effect on the kids is enormous. 

Some will wave it off as just another failed marriage in the land of make believe. That's a quick hot take that doesn't tell the entire story. Jolie and Pitt aren't another couple who tried to make something work. They were with each other for 12 years and have been married for two years. This is a sad breakup in Hollywood. 

For the record, it's not divorce and Hollywood. It's divorce, period. The ugly ending still has the upper hand these days and doesn't show any signs of losing the grip on painful realities. 

When Pitt and Jolie met and fell for each other in 2004, it was unique. Pitt's marriage with Jennifer Aniston was falling apart due to their different needs. Jolie was coming off wild short marriages to Billy Bob Thornton that gave off more weird and odd feelings than genuine. In a way, they both needed each other. It wasn't just a fluffy relationship. They worked. They both wanted kids and liked to travel. They were a match.

Most of the time, good things don't last. When Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner split, it was a sad day because they really needed each other once upon a time and had kids. When Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith nearly broke up, it was sad because of the kids and that impact. It's all about the kids, folks.

People won't take a minute to realize that six kids will have to get used to seeing a lot of one parent and not too much of the other. They will no longer see both under the same roof. Son or daughter of a movie star, that will be hard. 

When I heard the news today, the first thing I thought about was the kids. The common perception is that they are resilient and bendable. Nothing fazes them. Wrong. A lot of things can mess a kid up. A shade away from normal is only the tip of the iceberg. 

It's a sad day in Hollywood. One of the best and most charming couples is on the verge of divorce. Worse, six kids are headed for a harsh reality. 

After all, at the end of the day, movie stars are people. As misguided and unsure of the next step as any of us.


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