Study: Beautiful women dating average-looking men most likely to break up

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

To all the guys eyeing the bombshell across the room, be warned: unless you're equally attractive, any relationship you start with a her will end in certain failure. Groups of researchers from three English universities polled one hundred couples and found pairs with a stunning woman and a so-so guy were short lived

The analysis revealed having an attractive husband or boyfriend was no barrier to a relationship succeeding. But, if it was the woman who was the one blessed with good looks, the relationships tended to last only a matter of months… [The findings] would indicate it is the woman who is in control of whether the relationship continues. Beautiful women may realize they can afford to pick and choose… They may also have the confidence to leave behind relationships that have run their course.

The original article suggests that if the above explanation is unsatisfying, you should look to pop culture. Angelina Jolie dated Billy Bob Thornton for a just a few years, they suggest, while she's been with the better-looking Brad Pitt for ages. Which is anecdotal, sure. But also might make sense.

In either case, the real moral of the story: don't think of that gorgeous girl at the party as "the one who got away." Think of her as one fewer emotional scar.