June 15, 2010 at 03:37 PM EDT

Image Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images; Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage.comThere was a point at which Brad Pitt’s goatee stopped being just a normal goatee and took on a life of its own. It wasn’t just a mangy collection of hair that looked like it came out of Robin Williams’ bath drain anymore, it was a full-fledged member of the Jolie-Pitt family, a scraggly 7th child named Beardo. It went everywhere with them, ate at family meals, and was beloved. While we, the public, may not have liked it at first, it eventually grew on us just like it grew on Brad. But now, recent paparazzi pics show the goatee is no more. Apparently, it was combed for remaining food particles (which were donated to UNICEF) then shorn off.

But don’t cry for Beardo, he wasn’t meant to stay forever. He was grown for a reason (Pitt maintained it was for a role, but I suspect it was so he could evade paparazzi by posing as a homeless Vietnam vet) and now that his services are no longer required, he has to move on to where he is needed. I suggest Robert Pattinson’s face. It could help give him that aura of “serious celebrity” that he seeks and combat his pretty-boy image, plus it would pare down the ranks of screaming obsessive fans to only the most devoted.

Another possibility is Jim Carrey, who could use it as a symbol of his recently reacquired bachelorhood. And who says it has to be a guy? A goatee like that on the face of someone like Renée Zellweger would only drum up public interest in her, and maybe even land her entirely new kinds of roles.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Should Beardo find a new home on the face of a different celebrity? Which one? Or do you think he’ll follow Pitt’s philanthropic tendencies and throw himself into the Gulf of Mexico to soak up some oil?

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