When the news broke that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, forever in our hearts as Brangelina, had decided to divorce after being together for over a decade, you would have thought that the heavens themselves had opened dup and declared love dead. To say that people took it hard was an understatement, and many were looking for a reason beyond “different parenting choices” or “growing apart,” because that is far too logical and mundane. No, instead, they took one look at the trailer for Allied, starring Pitt and Marion Cotillard, and gossip mags the world over orchestrated a narrative that had Pitt and Cotillard caught in a torrid, on-set affair.
Cotillard, who is expecting her second child with her longtime partner and French actor Guillaume Canet, decided to cut out the middleman of statements by publicists and took to Instagram to deny these allegations head on, writing (in English and French because she’s cool like that):
This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into.
I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up.
Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need.
Secondly to those who have indicated that I am devastated, I am very well thank you. This crafted conversation isn’t distressing.
And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery.
Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment.
With all my love
Honestly, that is probably the most graceful way to handle these kind of accusations. The break up of a family is a sad thing, and that’s an easy thing to forget while making Twitter jokes.
(H/T Entertainment Weekly)