We loved them. We hated them. We loved to hate them. Regardless of your feelings for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, their recent breakup sent shockwaves through celebrity-obsessed America. While we might have gotten over their split, we’re all left wondering the same question: Why did it happen in the first place? Lori Bizzoco, relationship expert and founder of celebrity romance site Cupid’s Pulse, has some possible answers as to why the famous couple called it quits.

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Bizzoco’s theory lies in how Brad and Angelina’s relationship began in the first place: Both of them came into their marriage having previously been married. To add insult to potential injury, let’s not forget that their relationship had originated as a rumored affair.

“Let’s face it,” Bizzoco said. “They didn’t start out with a solid foundation. They met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and fell in love. Brad was married to Jennifer Aniston. Angelina had been divorced and there were allegations of her cheating on her ex-spouse.”

We also saw foreshadowing of the divorce in Angelina’s previous marriages. Bizzoco says that she has a history of dysfunction that presented itself in her relationships with Johnny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thorton.

Despite their shortcomings, there’s a reason why America loved Brangelina so much. Because they chose to live in the shadows of the spotlight and raise children, they became much more relatable to everyday people.

“They were our modern-day fairy tale,” Bizzoco said. “We watched one of the highest profile celebrity couples live under the radar of Hollywood. Their headlines were focused on family, humanitarian efforts, death, breast cancer, family issues. We related. We felt that we knew them. We wanted to be like them.”

Brangelina’s human side might be why we feel such solidarity with them in their divorce. While their split is certainly sad, Bizzoco says that it isn’t the first celebrity breakup we’ve seen. And if Brad and Angelina’s predecessors have set any precedent, it’s to put children first.

“First and foremost, they need to remember why they came together and put their feelings aside for the sake of the children,” she said. “They really need to take a page out of the playbook from couples like Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. It’s not easy, but when you have children, you should not have the choice to make this a public display, the way they seem to be doing. The children will be the ones who suffer the most from this.”

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