After a long courtship and very public marriage, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are no longer. Once the dust has settled and they get through the unenviable task of divvying up their belongings, Brad Pitt is going to find himself somewhere he hasn't been in a very long time — back out on the dating circuit, at 52 no less. It’s going to be tough. But we’re here to help. Here's some advice.
Get a wingman.
You’ll be tempted to hit the bar on your own, just to see what’s out there. Trust us, find a friend first. Pick someone who's handsome and outgoing, but not so much that he’ll take the focus off of you.
Clean yourself up.
Hollywood is full of scruffy poseurs and wannabe movie stars. You have to set yourself apart from the crowd. Shave, get a haircut, but don’t skimp. These days a good one can cost up to $40. And try a facial while you’re at it. Because you're worth it.
Set yourself up for success.
Whatever you do, don’t just settle for one online dating service. With OK Cupid, Plenty of Fish, Tinder, and Zoosk, it's a lot more confusing out there than it was when you were last in the game back in the '90s. It can be intimidating. Start off with something age-appropriate, like Our Time, an app for those 50 and up. And don’t be discouraged by a little rejection; you’ll find your groove.
Invest in a great photo for your online dating profiles.
Your picture can make or break your online dating chances. Don't just throw up the first selfie you find — or dig out that one of you with your shirt off back from 1999. Ask a friend (see wingman), or even better, a woman friend to help take the perfect shot. You'd be surprised by what the good lighting does to help you look your best.
Oh, and add Spotify to your Tinder profile.
This is a great way to show the ladies out there that you have impeccable taste. And that you're not just an old creep on Tinder.
Do some volunteer work.
It is plausible that your reputation among friends will take something of a hit, and that people will think all the work you and she who will remain nameless did together was all her idea. Start small with a local charity like the Downtown Women's Center in L.A. Helping others is the best way to help yourself move forward from a tough breakup.
Avoid calling your ex.
This one’s tough. We get it: She had become your social circle, main friend, and the only person you feel you want to talk to right now. Don't do it. Get rid of pictures of her which might trigger a call. Block her on your phone if you must.
Renew your gym membership.
You will be tempted to sit on the couch with a giant bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, your fluorescent orange-stained hands glued to the remote. Don’t do this. Or, do it, but just once. Then get yourself to the gym.
Spruce Up Your Wardrobe
This is not the time to settle into your dad jeans. Go shopping. Live a little — get your pants and shirts tailored for that perfect fit.
Reach out to your buddies.
There’s no group more important right now than your bros. Now's the time to reconnect. Haven’t talked to them in a while, have you? Be sure you don’t just lean on colleagues either; give your college friends a call, for old time’s sake.
Once you're on a date — and be patient, it may take some time — don’t talk about your ex.
If you feel you must, you’re not ready to date yet.