Still in love
Brad and Ange’s secret dates
Paint was peeling off the walls. Rubbish bins lined the streets. It was the last place you’d expect two A-listers to come together for a secret rendezvous.
But for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the surroundings didn’t matter a jot. The couple – who have been steadfastly pushing on with their divorce since their marriage exploded a year ago – met face to face at the modest Los Angeles home of a mutual friend and collapsed into each other’s arms.
The emotional reunion was one of a string of private get-togethers the pair have arranged in a last-ditch effort to glue back together their once-happy relationship.
Their efforts to reunite have been confirmed by bodyguard Kris Herzog, who has worked for the family. Speaking exclusively to
Woman’s Day, he reveals that Brad, 53, and Angelina, 42, have begun a trial dating period to see if they can forgive and forget the pain and heartbreak they’ve put each other through.
“They’ve been having little dinners and lunches here and there,” says Kris, who has worked for both Brad and for Angelina’s Oscar-winning dad Jon Voight, 78. “It’s very much a trial basis. There have been no overnights yet.”
Kris says MidnightCowboy star Jon, who was himself estranged from his famous daughter for 10 years, is “the number-one fan in the world of Brad and Ange getting back together”. The bodyguard adds, “Jon told me that himself. He loved them as a couple and is praying their reunion efforts work out.
“Brad has been spending a lot of time with the kids. It’s about 80% likely they’re going to get back together – but who knows how long that’s going to last?”
The couple’s latest effort to reunite has been compared to vintage Hollywood lovebirds Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who married and divorced twice between 1964 and 1976.
Kids on board
A source close to the star pair claims, “Even Ange has acknowledged maybe she and Brad are the new Burton and Taylor. They’re desperately trying to make it work. They don’t want to get the children’s hopes up yet, but the kids do know they’re seeing each other again and everyone is rooting for things to work out.”
The couple – parents to Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and nine-yearold twins Vivienne and Knox – were on a private jet with their kids last September when a mid-air scuffle broke out between Maddox and Brad.
Angelina immediately filed for divorce and had Brad investigated for child abuse, for which he was quickly cleared. But as recently as last week, the couple’s lawyers were reportedly still thrashing out the terms of their split. We’re told their legal teams will continue to work through the legalities of the divorce until the star-crossed lovers instruct them otherwise.
“It’s still early days and they’re very much dating on a trial basis to see what happens, but it’s clear that they’re still very much in love,” a family insider tells Woman’sDay.
Just last week, Angelina publicly confessed, “I don’t enjoy being single. It’s not something I wanted. There’s nothing nice about it.”
“That’s just the tip of the iceberg,” says our insider.
“Because of all the stress, Angelina has also suffered Bell’s palsy, where one side of her face went temporarily droopy. With all the trials and tribulations this break-up has put her through, she’s a different person from the one who threw the book at Brad this time last year.
“It’s clear she doesn’t want to let Brad go any more. He’s left a huge gap in her life, just as she has in his. They’ve been affectionate with one another but haven’t slept together yet. Their therapist has put them on a sex ban and told them not to be intimate until they’ve worked out their issues because it will only complicate things.”
Among those issues is the constant presence of Angelina’s brother James Haven, 44, which Brad finds difficult to cope with. Also up for discussion is Angelina’s interfering British gal pals, including Baroness ness Arminka Helic and Chloeoe Dalton, who Brad refers to as her “coven”. Another issue for the pair is their constant nt travelling, which Brad and nd Angelina have acknowledgededged was a stressorr in their relationship.hip.
“Nothing’s certain yet,” says our insider, “but Brad is desperate to get his family back ck and he’s jumping at the he chance to fight for that. . He’s been sending Angelina elina sweet gifts like he did in the early y days and even cooking dinner for her at his home.” ”
Another well-placed source tells, “Angelina seems calm. She’s open to making the relationship her priority. She wants her kids to have the stability she never had.”
Above: Ange is in solo-mum mode at a screening of FirstThey KilledMyFather with (from left) Shiloh, Zahara, actors Kimhak Mun and Sareum Srey Moch, Vivienne, Pax, Knox and Maddox.
Ange and Brad’s turbulent romance has been compared to that of Liz and Richard (left).