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The Pitt/Aniston/Jolie Love Triangle: Why America Won't Let it Go

Divorces, affairs, love triangles and scandalous splits happen in Hollywood all the time. 

But usually, people move on.

It has been more than six years since Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston parted ways and he hooked up with his "Mr. & Mrs. Smith” co-star Angelina Jolie, and yet, it is still in the news.

“Brad and Jen were American royalty and the nation’s ‘it’ couple. When you have three sexy, good looking mega-stars in a situation which involves love affairs, the public’s obsession may never end,” pop culture expert and CEO of 5WPR, Ronn Torossian, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts.

Indeed, so far, that is the case.

Pitt, who stars in “Moneyball” which opens Friday, has been in damage control following an interview with Parade magazine published on Sunday in which he referred to his five-year marriage to the former “Friends” star as “pathetic.”

Pitt has since spoken out several times about the controversial comments, employing the age-old excuse that his words were taken out of context.

"It grieves me that this was interpreted this way. Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend," the actor said in a statement last week. 

Pitt addressed the issue again at the “Moneyball” premiere this week, telling reporters “that was never my intention for it to be spun that way. People read things into it that just weren't there."

He then told the “Today” show, his ex-wife is a “valuable person” and that he didn’t want people saying bad things about her. 

But Pitt isn’t the only one who can’t leave the issue alone. In 2008 Jolie gloated about the day she would able to show her kids “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” because “not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love.” 

Aniston was still married to Pitt at the time. 


Jen responded in kind in a Vogue interview that Angie's comments were totally “uncool.” 


The three then became the talk of Tinseltown when they all attended the 2009 Academy Awards and were strategically placed in the same area so their reactions could all be caught in the same frame on camera.

Who won the Oscar for Best Picture? Who cares! Brad, Jen and Angie are all in the same place at the same time!

“The story is so interesting and ever-evolving because it touches on issues many of us struggle with in real life,” explained relationship expert Brandon Wade, CEO and founder of dating sites including SeekingArrangement.com and WhatsYourPrice.com. “Do you stay married to a woman whom you care a lot about even though the marriage isn't interesting anymore? Is it right for you to be a home or marriage wrecker no matter what the reasons may be? Can you do something wrong for the right reasons? Many Hollywood couples break up all the time and end up dating someone else, but little attention is given to those. In the case of these three stars, the fact that Angelina reportedly stole Brad away from Jennifer while he was still suppose to be ‘happily married’ is a love triangle full of wrongs that everyone can relate to -- because it can happen to any of us, or has happened to many of us.”

And you can expect the Pitt/Jolie/Aniston drama to be the gift that keeps on giving for a long time to come.

“It’s not likely to ever die down, especially because they all keep talking about it," says Radar Online entertainment reporter Alexis Tereszcuk, who covers the stars on a regular basis. "It is every woman’s fear – that her husband will leave her for a younger prettier woman and it is every guy’s fantasy to have either Jen or Angelina.  It will never go away because they’re beautiful, rich, and famous and people want to know what happens in the lives of people like that."

So what does Tereszcuk see happening next?

“It would be fun if Jennifer would get married so we can see who has the cuter kids!”

Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay