Holy macaroni! It looks like this Brangelina business might be its last legs. Per a highly reputable source (no, not People, no, not Perez Hilton, no, not the New York Times either), Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have decided to spend some time apart, possibly forever. The National Enquirer (whom we're legally obligated to sort of trust because of their dynamite work on the John Edwards scandal and their award-winning continued coverage of the mole people story) states that the couple has decided to go their separate ways with hope of a future reconciliation.
The five some odd years rollercoaster of their relationship has been painted with tumult since day one. Though the two deny anything extra-curricular took place on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the movie's filming is recognized as the de facto beginning of their union and the coda of Brad Pitt's marriage to Jennifer Aniston. From there, America's women split into two camps: Team Aniston and Team Jolie. Entertainment experts assumed that a civil war was imminent but cooler heads prevailed (or likely lost interest). In the meantime, various brush wars have ignited and gone out (usually when one of the parties has a project, how odd); like when Jen referred to Angie's actions as "uncool" in Vogue or when Angie said something about showing Mr. & Mrs. Smith to the kids as a the moment their parents fell in love (though later retracted).
Newsstands and box offices aside, the Pitt-Jolies have been having a tough time of it. Their lifestyles (he's a little bit country, she's a little bit rock ‘n roll) have forced them to spend oodles of time apart and if Jon And Kate Plus 8 has taught us anything (doubtful) it's that the combination of a whole mess of kids and constant media scrutiny is a major stress on a relationship. Ideally, these guys won't medicate their troubles by adding more kids. We've said it before and we'll say it again, the incredibly nice Brad Pitt may have been in over his head in this episode. (Who wouldn't be? Even handsome George Clooney wouldn't be able to saddle the wild filly that is Angelina Jolie.)
Back to the National Enquirer story, per "inside sources" a colossal battle over custody and a massive fortune could be in the offing. While Jennifer Aniston seems incredibly nice, we wonder if schadenfreude is rearing his smirking head in southern California.