Cheating is a deal breaker for some but perhaps not for as many people as you might think.
Not that it doesn't almost always throw a huge wrench into the deal, but..is survivable, particularly when a long relationship and/or kids play into the equation. Lakers star ended up settling a civil suit for an undisclosed sum.
They're not back together, to be clear, but this isn't the first time this year that these two have turned out to be busily repairing the broken threads of their relationship behind the scenes while the situation seemed more dire on the outside."They don't take divorce lightly and want to make sure they are doing the right thing," a source told E!
News last week, noting that Pitt and Jolie are "seeing what happens."While they wouldn't be the first couple, celebrity or otherwise, to pull the plug on a divorce, they also wouldn't be the first to give their fans a little false hope by not following through with the ultimate dissolution right away.
Eleven months after their surprisingly contentious breakup, Jolie and Pitt are now opting to wait a beat before continuing with their divorce proceedings.
How long that beat lasts, be it another year (like Burton and Taylor's second marriage) or forever, is anyone's guess, as stranger things have happened than a couple deciding that divorce (from each other) isn't for them after all.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton may not be the template, however romantic, that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt want to go by, but they're at least storied proof that, even once those divorce papers are signed..can still swing a U-turn and get another marriage license.
Or perhaps all is not yet lost for Brangelina in the first place.Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce from Kobe Bryant in 2011—eight years after he admitted to cheating in light of a sexual assault investigation and subsequently bought his wife that notorious million "I'm sorry" ring. Who knows what went on in the interim, but enough had occurred to send Vanessa packing.Bryant convinced her to stick around and try to work it out, however, and in 2013 they both announced that the divorce was off."I am happy to say that Vanessa and I are moving on with our lives together as a family," he shared on social media."I wasn't prepared to give up on her and she wasn't either. We both wanted to fight."Also thoroughly reconciled are Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones after announcing their separation in 2013, their marriage and her mental health having suffered in the wake of Douglas' 2010 cancer battle."It took work on both our parts," Douglas told in late 2015."I don't think there's much chance of fixing a relationship if one of you is already out the door." Added Zeta-Jones, "I think we're both mellower and wiser. We count our blessings."If they're now, as Pink would say, "fighting nicer," they could have couples therapy to thank as well."We did get some marriage counseling," Douglas told the in 2014, after he and his wife were again living together after their trial separation.She and Hart reconciled 11 months later after she made it clear to him that she no longer wanted a divorce.