The fairy tale really is over: the divorce of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston became final yesterday, October 2, and a relationship that seemed — from the outside anyway — to be something closer than the usual to the real thing is officially no more. They went their separate ways in January after four-and-a-half years of marriage.
The LA Times reports that the couple’s 10,000-plus-square-foot Beverly Hills estate quietly went on sale for $28 million, a tidy little appreciation from the $13.5 mil for which they bought the Wallace Neff-designed home in 2001. Neff was “architect to the stars” from the 1930s to the ’60s and built the French-Normany Pitt-Aniston house in the ’30s for actor Fredric March.
The couple’s tastes in décor are reportedly among their differences: she likes comfy, he likes modern. Pitt, 41, is known to be an architecture obsessive. When recently asked by Vanity Fair if there was any silver lining to the split, Aniston, 36, replied, “I can have a comfortable couch … Brad and I used to joke that every piece of furniture was either a museum piece or just uncomfortable … He definitely had his sense of style, and I definitely have my sense of style, and sometimes they clashed. I wasn’t so much into modern.”
Realty agents who saw the house at a showing last week reported some high-end features: a screening room with 35mm equipment and black leather seating; Brazilian mahogany floors; a stainless-steel kitchen; an art studio with skylights; a pub has walls of glass opening to an outdoor fireplace, pool and spa; a lawn leads to a north-south-aligned tennis court; three guest suites.
Aniston’s next film is Rumor Has It, a Rob Reiner-directed update of The Graduate due out Christmas Day. Pitt has two films listed as in production, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel, and Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, both due in ’06.