2016, the year of Hollywood divorces
THE imminent divorce of "Brangelina" is the latest in a series of celebrity splits giving the impression that the average Hollywood marriage has about as much chance of success as a non-white actor at the Oscars.
Angelina Jolie and
Brad Pitt have both been divorced before, he with Friends star Jennifer Aniston and she with actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
This year has also seen Gwyneth Paltrow and
Chris Martin finalise their "conscious uncoupling" around the same time
when Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were squabbling over the terms of their split.
Lisa Marie Presley,
Dennis Quaid and
James McAvoy have announced divorces from their respective partners too, sparking some gossip websites to refer to 2016 as the year
of the Hollywood divorce.
Kelly Frawley, a partner at a New York law firm, believes that common issues, such as fidelity and money matters, are on a "much bigger scale when you are dealing with a celebrity couple".
This is because "there's so much accessibility to all the things that make it easy to step out of a marriage", she added.
Among the high profile casualties are Ben Affleck
and Jennifer Garner, who announced last year, one day after their 10-year anniversary, that they were calling it a day.
Tom Cruise split from
Katie Holmes in 2012.
In 2010, Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson, as
well as Elizabeth Hurley
and Arun Nayar, divorced.
"Celebrities are under a unique microscope, where every nuance is dissected over and over again," said Judi Bloom,
a marriage and family therapist.
"That can really wear
down a couple in the end."
Rob Shuter, a former Hollywood publicist, said
celebrities plan divorce announcements meticulously.
"The announcement about Brad and Angie came out one day after the weekly magazines went to print, which means that they get a week of breathing space," he said.