It’s been a long time coming, but finally so many of us can now smile smugly along side in support of the gorgeous Jennifer Aniston ( # teamaniston)- as karma has now slapped Brangelina (aka # teamjolie) straight in the face.
I’ve always been a die hard fan of team Aniston. Not just because Jen has always been the lovely, sweet, down to earth, girl next door; and not just because Angelina was the tough, dominant, sexy, “I’ll take what I want”, home wrecker from way back. But because I too experienced exactly what Jen went through, not too long after in 2006. My (then) husband had an affair, and also ended our marriage to be with the other woman.
I didn’t cope with it very well at the time; so it’s pretty safe to say that I really hate even the thought of cheaters. Actually, that would be an understatement. But past life experiences aside, I really do feel that this week’s news holds a little victory for all of us who may have ever felt down-trodden, small, forgotten, or (dare I say it) even bullied by the alpha female… Aka the Angelina-type.
And for years I had imagined this day. The day that Jennifer would feel a sense of winning against the two people that tore her world apart way back then; and that all of us “nice girls” out there would finally see the mean girl pulled off her pedestal.
I’m now a 38 year old woman, so I can now handle what went down in my life around 12 years ago. I also realise (wholeheartedly) that I probably even dodged a bullet so to speak – in the love department; I’ve learnt sooooo much about myself, and gained an invaluable amount of life experience. But despite all of that, it’s still nice to raise a glass, tip your hat, or even just give a little wink to the universe in regards to Jen’s little karma-bitch-slap that went down with this monumental Hollywood goss announcement. But now after a day or so to reflect on Brad & Ange’s split announcement, and even after my own little personal rant above – I have now come to the conclusion that this is not something to be made a joke out of. This is so serious for them, and life changing for their kids. Divorce sucks, and it is something that I truly do not ever wish on anyone. After over a decade of feeling hard done by at times by the actions of my ex way back then, I now realise that the experience actually taught me a whole lot more than I ever knew.
It taught me to realise what is truly important I life, and to not just settle for what is here and now. It taught me that I am stronger than I initially gave myself credit for. It also taught me that many friends will come and go in life, and many relationships will be affected by a break up – not just the relationship of the couple.
It taught me that life goes on, and despite the heartache, (and in the words of Gloria Gaynor), “I will survive”.
And with her fabulous life, Jennifer Aniston has proved that statement herself also.
Go #teamaniston !
Words by Dani Tinkler.