Cheating has been the norm in HW since it began. It is an industry based on illusions hiding very bad behaviours by those whose images are PR creations, not reality. Cheating is fast becoming the norm in the general culture as a whole, imo mainly because of these false images HW puts out there that love justifes everything. Those images try to make it right to cheat. Some people hate Pitt and JoLie because they began in adultery, but theirs is a common HW story . Bedding your co-star for many is one of the expected perks of their jobs. Some people like JoLie are notorious for doing this, but she isn't the only one. Most of these hook ups do not end in a long term relationship, but some do - at least for a time. Most cheating spouses do not admit they cheated until they are forced to, but when they do admit their cheating, the smart ones move on by either staying in the marriage or quietly getting out [whether the choice is theirs or the other person's]. Nothing new there either. I think that a lot of people hate JoLie and Pitt primarily because of all the lies they told to try and maintain their "innocence" and then to justify all they did thereafter to trash his wife. IMO Pitt went through a mid life crisis like many men and risked all he had at 40. Let's let's face it, he was never known for being faithful to any of his women before that time or since. Was JoLie a romp that went horribly wrong? Who can say, although her track record with men was certainly not good when they hooked up on M&MS. People like Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Elizabeth Taylor,Steven Spielberg etc. also cheated, but they left their spouses, and then took the hits. The difference is that did not deny what they did. They also married their paramours, a very important media PR point. Pitt, the self proclaimed Zen master of the media might have come through his adultery scandal better if he had not violated this major unwritten media spin code requiring he marry his paramour, something he simply still can't bring himself to do. That is why thes others came through their adultery scandal better than Brandgelina did. Of course, Hanks, Williams, Taylor, Spielberg, etc. got on with life without trashing their exes, another plus in their favor as far as their fans were concerned. It was always the timing of marriage that saved the other cheaters from ignomy. It sealed the "love story" illusion about the adulterous hookup. Fidelity takes a commitment and a respect that few in HW are able to master, especially those with a lot of early success. Probably this lack of fidelity is due to a combination of opportunity coupled with the extreme narcissism so common in HW. Are Hanks, Willians, Spielberg faithful to their current spouses? No one seems to care about that despite their adulterous histories. Their marriages made all the difference in the public acceptance of their adulteries. Brandgelina's adulterous history is still front and center over 7 years later and even if they marry now or sometime in the future, no one really cares anymore. They tried and failed to create a valid reason for Pitt's adultery in the minds of all but their most rabid fans. The rest of HW considers what they did as normal for HW.Remember financial success is what determines things in HW and now that Brandgelina is struggling to maintain their positions in the industry after a number of failures, the adultery issue remains foremost in the minds of a lot of the public. People still recall how callous Brandgelina was in discarding the wife. That simply was not cool, even in HW.