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Brangelina Divorce
Brangelina Divorce

Learn English meaning of 'Brangelina Divorce'

Date: Dec 23 2016

Themes: Celebrity, Family, News, Pop Culture, Romance

Grammar: Reflexive Pronouns


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This year, the Brangelina divorce is making the headlines everywhere. Brangelina is a nickname for a famous couple, two Hollywood actors named Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Pitt and Jolie began dating in 2004, while Pitt was still married to another woman. Although Pitt divorced his wife in 2005 to be with Jolie, the gory details of his divorce were in all the magazines. The public scrutinized every detail of the affair.

Angelina Jolie was married twice before marrying Brad Pitt in 2014. Since her father is also a famous actor, she has spent most of her life living in the public eye. More recently, she started to use her fame for worthwhile causes, like helping refugees and orphans. Pitt and Jolie have six children together. Many people are concerned that the children will feel torn up by their parents’ divorce. Other people think that it’s none of our business.

Andy says that love in the limelight is difficult. Does Marni feel the same way? Listen to today’s English lesson to find out!


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Marni:  I want to just say up front, I don’t think this is any of our business, but Andy, I have to admit, I’m still kind of torn up about the Brangelina divorce.

Andy_H:  Oh, here we go again!

Marni:  I was really surprised! I mean, I know they’re in the public eye all the time and they’re always being scrutinized, but…

Andy_H:  I just can’t bring myself to think that making the headlines for a divorce is something that’s actually worthwhile. I’m sorry, but these people are constantly in the limelight. Give them some privacy!

Marni:  Well, you’re right. But still, there was something about their relationship, and their kids, and all the good work that they were trying to do. I really had hope that they would just make it work somehow.

Andy_H:  Well, isn’t that always the story? I mean, we’re talking about a guy that, the last time he divorced, he had the exact same amount of attention. Everybody wanted to know the gory details, but let’s be honest, it’s not our business. When you get divorced… pray it never happens… do you want everybody knowing every little, nitty-gritty detail?

Marni:  Well, I know there are lots of rumors flying around, and I certainly hope that that would never happen in anyone’s situation. I just… I’m a little saddened by it, and I’ll just leave it at that.

Andy_H:  Want a hug?

Marni:  Possibly.

Andy_H:  Come here.


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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are very famous actors. They live in the limelight. Now, their divorce is making the headlines. When Marni found out that they are getting divorced, she was torn up. Although she agrees that it’s not our business to talk about other people’s problems, she was shocked by the news. What will happen with all of their children? What about the projects and charity work they did together?

Andy has also heard the rumors, but he doesn’t want to know the gory details. He thinks that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shouldn’t be scrutinized right now. They need time to work through what’s happening. They should not be in the public eye while they’re getting divorced. Instead, Andy wants to see something more worthwhile in the news and on TV. But since he knows how sad Marni is because of the Brangelina divorce, he offers her a big hug.

Do you want to live in the public eye someday? Or does being scrutinized make you feel uncomfortable?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think when two persons are not happy with each other.they should divorce and after some years remarry..

01:55 PM Dec 25 2016 |

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United Kingdom

I feel sympathy for celebrities; they don’t have any life of their own. They earn from the admirations of their fans and as well they are the traget of their gossips. I feel fans too are justified in peeping into the lives of their beloved performers; for all their understanding about life comes from them. It makes me laughing when few times I decide to watch romantic movies and how it talk about love and romance while the same actors making it fail within few years.

11:38 AM Dec 24 2016 |


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And I agree to be in the public eye can bring some damage to life. There re such things as jealousy, anger, mock that spread a negative aura of a bad eye. I’m superstitious about it. You need to be like Donald Trump who wields successfully all attacks on him and looks like only getting better and stronger… with Melania Trump of course.

12:58 AM Dec 24 2016 |

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I really liked this couple and so sorry they went the predictable Hollywood path of divorce. I wish the best to both of them, especially Angelina. She is strong to go through any ups and downs , I believe.

12:50 AM Dec 24 2016 |




everybody can marry and everybody can get divorced…marrying is a happy event but divorce is a sad event usually.and divorce isnt easy especially for women..especially for women with children..Seem its very easy for famous actors..

ı didnt follow or wondered Brangelina relation..and its not my business..ı like to watch their nice movies .thats all..

we sometimes hear that someones are getting/got divorced ..we dont know the gory details..usually one of couple feels disappoinment in this relation ..then discusses..blaming…lies..

09:54 PM Dec 23 2016 |




i hate to be under the lights and of course hate to be in the public eye cause people may hurt me by their speaks and rumors .

05:28 PM Dec 23 2016 |



Serbia and Montenegro

Living in the public eye is the price of fame. Alhough, we all want to make some highlight move in our life and to be remembered after all, I believe that scrutinized by others would make me feel very uncomfortable in my own life. I highly appreciate my privacy. I would not change my privacy for anything in the world.

Also, I have to mention that I do not understand when people share every details from ther life and privacy through social networks… what they are doing in some moment, what they are eating… Why they do that? Why is that important to someone? Actually, what lies behind that? 

10:29 AM Dec 23 2016 |




I don’t wanna live in the public eye, because living in the public eye means you need to take all the critiques no matter they are positive or negative. It makes people under huge pressure. I cannot live with this sort of pressure.

I will feel uncomfortable if I was scrutinized. Just feeling like naked if someone doing like that.

10:22 AM Dec 23 2016 |

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