From Plumbers to Single Moms, Capital District Stunned by ‘Brangelina’ Breakup
By Cecily Bapp and Dodie Fingerton
Published September 25th, 2016
Photo by Georges Biard
ALBANY — Capital Region residents are in mourning over the break up of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the celebrity couple that has come to mean so much not only to Hollywood and the world, but to the Albany area as well.
The globe trotting couple — renowned for their humanitarian efforts and diverse family assembled from all parts of the globe — announced the breakup Sept. 19, leaving folks stunned from Cohoes to Galway and Duanesburg to East Nassau.
“I'm in shock right now,” said Wallace Golly of Lancaster Street in the Spindle City. “I really thought they were going to make it. Such a shame.”
Though the 52-year-old plumber has never met the A-list actress or her hunky hubby, he said that if he was asked, he would “absolutely be there to support her and her six children.”
“I'm here if she needs a shoulder to lean on or whatever. The Stewart's on the corner of Columbia Street and Central Avenue is practically in my backyard. I could meet her there and, well, we could just talk. No pressure.”
Like Golly, the region’s elected officials were also reeling from the breakup.
“I can’t comment right now, and I ask that the privacy of Brad and Angie, and hell, me too, be respected in this time of stress,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.
Known fondly as ‘Brangelina,’ the couple figured largely in the lives of Capital Region residents who identify, ironically, with the physically perfect movie star duo whose life as celebrities and international humanitarians was chronicled by supermarket tabloids home and abroad.
“I feel like she’s just like me, and I am heartbroken for her,” said Crystal Burchell, a local single mom. “Angie has six kids, I have six kids. It’s like we’re sisters. One of my kid’s Dad looks just like Brad Pitt, I swear. My heart is with you, Angie!”
Rick Bailey of Albany was sentimental in speaking about Brangelina.
“I know it sounds stupid, but it’s her tattoos that caught my eye — and my heart,” said Bailey, a part-time taco chef and full-time barstool warmer. “I’ve got some tats too — some vertical, some horizontal, all with special meaning. And I prefer gals with giant… never mind, I just feel bad for Angie.”
Troy resident Cherry Baker gave voice to the question on everyone’s mind.
“Does this mean Brad is on the market?” she asked at an impromptu candlelight vigil. “You know we’re all thinking it. He went straight from Jennifer to Angie. Maybe now’s our chance!”
In filing for the divorce, Jolie cited irreconcilable differences, according to court papers obtained by the Smudge. The 41-year-old actress is now seeking physical custody of the couple’s six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Shiloh, 10, Zahara, 11, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8.
Tobias Mush, an attorney for Jolie, told the Associated Press on Tuesday his client’s decision was made because, “Brad continues to smoke a ton of weed, even though he knows Angelina's way more into speed freaks.”