Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were the embodiment of #CoupleGoals long before they became husband and wife. Fans barely had time to properly enjoy the photos from their beautiful wedding (complete with a cake made by their oldest child, and all six kids adorably included in the ceremony) before their huge, headline-dominating split in September 2016. But now, more than a year later, Jolie is finally opening up about her complicated marriage and 2015's By the Sea, one of the last movies she and Pitt wrote, directed, and starred in together. According to Jolie, the less-than-successful film (it earned only a 35 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes) wasn't exactly successful at saving their relationship, either.
Jolie explained her experience making the film with Pitt in a podcast interview with The Hollywood Reporter, according to E! News. "We had met working together and we worked together well," she said. "I wanted us to do some serious work together...I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate. In some ways it was, and in some ways we learned some things. But there was a heaviness, probably, during that situation that carried on, and it wasn't because of the film." She continued, "Things happen for different reasons, and things—why did I write that exact piece? Why did we feel that way when we made it? I'm not sure."
Brangelina got its start, if you've forgotten, on the set of the 2005 film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a much more exciting (and romantic) movie than By the Sea, in which the superstar duo portray a troubled married couple, who also both happen to be spies. Though Jolie obviously has complicated feelings about the demise of her marriage and the "heaviness" that led to the split, she's been keeping busy ever since with plenty of film projects. She directed the recent Netflix movie First I Killed My Father, which was released this fall, and is scheduled to reprise her role as the not-quite-villain Maleficent in the upcoming Disney sequel.