The marriage of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston was one of Hollywood's most celebrated couplings before their shocking divorce. Many were surprised when they went their separate ways but their split was actually a long time coming. It may have only been five years of marriage, from 2000 to 2005, but away from the cameras, wedded bliss crumbled quickly and the downhill slope towards divorce was unforgiving. There are always many factors as to why a relationship breaks down and here are some of the reasons which led to Brad and Jen parting ways.
Brad was "wasting his life"
Long before Brad had met Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith, there was trouble in paradise. Brad felt he was becoming "dull" and said he "got burnt out and felt that [he] was wasting [his] opportunity." Jennifer meanwhile could see the cracks and admitted, "Those moments where it looks like 'Uh-oh, this isn't working!' — those are the most important, transformative moments." Rather than transform their marriage, it went the other way and Jennifer has said, "That's not Brad's view of it. We believe in different things, I guess."
The children 'issue'
The pair were at loggerheads about starting a family and contrary to a number of reports since it was Jennifer that was driving the idea of having children. In a heartbreaking twist, Jen found herself getting divorced the very year she had hoped to have children. A source close to the couple revealed, "When Brad and Jen were in the marriage, having a baby was not his priority - ever. It was an abstract desire for him, whereas for Jen it was much more immediate." It was reported after the divorce that Jen had 'selfishly put her acting career ahead of his desire to start a family', but she has refuted this claim strongly, even penning her viewpoint for Huffington Post in 2016.
The 'pressure' was too much
The couple felt a huge pressure to keep up appearances, especially as they had been separately dubbed 'the sexiest man alive' and 'America's sweetheart'. They moved to a $46million home in Beverly Hills in the search of privacy and space out of the spotlight but with every move, they made being scrutinised, eventually, the relationship started to crack under the pressure. With the public wanting babies too, it became an intolerable situation to be in.
Absence can make the heart grow fonder but for Brad and Jen, it became a burden as their careers took off simultaneously, leaving them apart for variable lengths of time. Jennifer has admitted that there were times when she desperately wanted Brad with her but his filming commitments meant they were becoming increasingly estranged.
Brad's 'drug problem'
He has admitted that at the time he was divorcing Jennifer, he was in the grips of increased drug usage. In an interview with Esquire, Brad admitted, "For a long time I thought I did too much damage - drug damage." This led to him becoming increasingly isolated from Jennifer. The truth about Angelina, when the announcement was made that Brad and Jen were to split, it was put out there as a "no-one-is-to-blame separation." Doubts were soon cast upon this when Brad was almost immediately snapped "frolicking on a beach" with Angelina. This raised concerns with Jennifer that at the point of them getting divorced, Brad was already in a relationship with Angelina. Ironically, Jen had wished Angelina 'good luck' ahead of her meeting Brad on set and said to her that she hoped she 'gets on well with him'.Read More