Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce hits us personally because we have idolized them as the ultimate bad-good relationship.
Celebrity and entertainment websites have not been the same since the shattering news. There are thousands of articles online about the end of Brangelina.
This is not the first time a celebrity power couple is calling it quits, so why do Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce feel so personal? Why do we feel attached to the end of their love story?
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are not your regular celebrity couple, they are more of a power couple. Angelina Jolie is an alpha female that kicked ass in her prime before she 'settled down' and decided to have a bunch of kids. Brad Pitt is an alpha male who ditched America's sweetheart Jennifer Aniston for the woman many mothers have warned their sons about.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are peculiar within the celebrity couple realm. Their relationship represented the ideal that forbidden love could blossom against all odds. Sure, we love and adore the Beckhams, but in this generation where dark and forbidden love is exalted, its Brangelina over David and Victoria.
The zeitgeist of this era leans towards taboos, the forbidden, and dark love over the Walt Disney, pristine, and romantic relationships. That's why The Weekend, a singer who sings obscenities to women in the most endearing voice ever, is an idol. Chris Brown, for all his many sins, is the number one anti-hero of our generation. Right now, a lot of us want that The Weeknd, Chris Brown love over Usher's.
Even in pop culture and movies, the anti-hero is worshipped nowadays. Walter White, Jax Teller, Chuck Bass, complex good guy-bad guy characters are imitated and adored. Let's not forget twisted relationships like Pablo and his wife Tata and The Joker with Harley Quinn.
When we bring this worship of what is 'wrong but feels right' into the real world, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are the Obamas, or rather they were. Angelina Jolie was Rihanna before Rihanna. Brad Pitt was the guy who broke the heart of America's favourite girl-next-door.
As their marriage has crashed, the possibility that our forbidden fantasies about love and marriage will not make it haunts us. If two of the baddest guys in showbiz can't make it, then what chance do we have in making this thing called love work?