Goodbye, Brangelina

By Mary Sollosi
Updated September 20, 2016 at 07:36 PM EDT
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We thought Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were forever, but all beautiful things must come to an end. The superstars officially parted ways this week, when Jolie filed for divorce from her husband of two years (and partner of many more). As we grieve the demise of one of the most iconic celebrity couples with one of the best portmanteau nicknames of all time, let’s revisit their long history together.

When did Brad and Angelina get married?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married just over two years ago, on August 23, 2014, at their estate, Château Miraval, in the South of France. A small group of friends and family attended their nuptials, including the pair’s six children, who famously provided drawings for Luigi Massi, master tailor at Atelier Versace, to incorporate into Jolie’s wedding gown.

But they were together before that, right?

The two megastars met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2003, in which they played married assassins who are hired to kill each other (but then they fall back in love!). The film blew up the 2005 box office, in part because of the rumors about a behind-the-scenes romance between Jolie and Pitt, the latter of whom was still married to Jennifer Aniston. Pitt and Aniston announced their separation in January 2005, and he and Jolie got together soon after. They became engaged in 2012, but insisted they would not wed until same-sex marriage was legal across the United States. (While most states had legalized gay marriage by the time the pair tied the knot in 2014, it was not, in fact, legal across the country until June of 2015.)

So does this mean Brad and Jennifer Aniston…!

What? No! Don’t be ridiculous. Jennifer Aniston married Justin Theroux in August of last year at a lovely surprise ceremony at their home in Bel Air. Jimmy Kimmel officiated. It’s well past time everyone moved on from 2005, guys.

But Brad and Angelina could pull a Liz and Dick and get remarried, right?

It’s probably unwise to hold out for that.

Remember Mr. and Mrs. Smith and how great it was?!

We do. It was truly great.

Didn’t they make another movie together?

They did. If the sexy Mr. and Mrs. Smith marked the beginning of Brangelina, maybe 2015’s By the Sea should have heralded the end. The couple played a couple once again in the A-list art house drama — this time, a pair of Americans navigating their very troubled marriage while on holiday in France in the 1970s. Jolie wrote and directed the film, which received mostly negative reviews.

So how did things end?

Jolie filed for divorce on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences. She named Sept. 15 as the date of their separation and did not request any child or spousal support. She asked for physical custody of the pair’s children, with visitation for Pitt. These are all the facts we know — though rumors about Pitt, including alleged infidelity and anger issues, are persistent online.

How many kids do they have?

Six: Jolie adopted now-15-year-old Maddox and 11-year-old Zahara before she and Pitt got together; he later adopted them as well. The couple later adopted Pax (12), and had Shiloh (10) and twins Knox and Vivienne (8). Vivienne played little Aurora in the 2014 revisionist Sleeping Beauty adaptation, Maleficent, which starred Jolie as the title villainess.

Where did they live?

While the A-listers were always traveling the globe for their film projects and humanitarian work, they had put down roots in three gorgeous homes. The pair was, of course, married in their castle Château Miraval in Correns, France. The sprawling property sits over 1,200 acres, includes a structures dating back to the 1600s, and has a moat (not to mention a vineyard, which produced the couple’s Miraval rosé wine label). In 2015, after living in New Orleans for nine years, the couple listed their French Quarter mansion, a historic 19th century home from the balcony of which Pitt once threw Matthew McConaughey a beer, for $6.5 million. Finally, they have a home in the trendy Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz.

How are we supposed to move on???

As best we can, one day at a time.