Is An­gelina se­cretly back with Brad?

Al­most a year af­ter their bit­ter split, it seems the su­per­star cou­ple may be sal­vaging their re­la­tion­ship

Closer (UK) - - Inside This Issue... - By Jen Crothers

They had what T seemed like one of the strong­est mar­riages in show­biz, and An­gelina Jolie has ad­mit­ted that, one year on from her split with Brad Pitt, she hates be­ing alone.

Speak­ing in a tell-all in­ter­view last week, An­gelina, 42, re­vealed: “I don’t en­joy be­ing sin­gle. It’s not some­thing I wanted. There’s noth­ing nice about it. It’s just hard. Some­times maybe it ap­pears I’m pulling it all to­gether, but re­ally I’m just try­ing to get through my days. Emo­tion­ally, it’s been very dif­fi­cult.”

FRESH START

Sen­sa­tion­ally, just days af­ter she spoke out, the cou­ple were ru­moured to be back to­gether – less than 12 months af­ter their dra­matic break-up back in Septem­ber last year, which sent shock­waves through the celebrity world.

Open­ing up about their meet­ing at a mu­tual friend’s house in Hol­ly­wood, the cou­ple’s bi­og­ra­pher, Ian Halperin claimed: “Brad took the first step for­ward, then they collapsed into each other’s arms.

“There were a lot of tears, noth­ing was left on the ta­ble. In that mo­ment they de­cided to make a fresh start.”

The claims fol­low re­ports three weeks ago that the cou­ple had called off their di­vorce, al­legedly due to prob­lems work­ing out the de­tails of their fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment.

Prior to their split, the pair were re­ported to have had a heated row on board a plane to LA. Brad, 53, was said to have flown into a drunken rage and clashed with their el­dest son, 16-year-old Mad­dox – prompt­ing An­gelina to file for di­vorce. Brad was later cleared of abus­ing his son.

An­gelina ad­mit­ted in an in­ter­view with Van­ity Fair in July that their re­la­tion­ship “be­came dif­fi­cult” last sum­mer, and that she’d suf­fered from Bell’s Palsy – which causes fa­cial paral­y­sis – over the stress of the split.

CO-PARENTING

The cou­ple had since been ar­gu­ing over cus­tody of their chil­dren – Mad­dox, Pax, 13, Za­hara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and nine-year-old twins Knox and Vivi­enne – but months later re­vealed they were plan­ning to “co-par­ent.” Brad even joined them on a trip to Cam­bo­dia in Fe­bru­ary so they could both spend time with their kids.

Dur­ing their 12 years to­gether the pair sur­vived a num­ber of ma­jor stresses, in­clud­ing An­gelina’s di­ag­no­sis with the BRCA1 gene, which in­creases your risk of can­cer. This led to her un­der­go­ing a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy in 2013 and hav­ing her ovaries re­moved in 2015, lead­ing to early menopause.

Brangelina’s bi­og­ra­pher Ian added that a spir­i­tual coun­sel­lor had helped them get their mar­riage back on track, work­ing to “con­sciously re­cou­ple” them through ses­sions and in­ten­sive re­hab.

“It was toxic, but both of them re­alise they are hap­pier to­gether than apart,” said Ian. “Once they cleared the air be­tween them, things im­proved. They can’t live to­gether but they can’t live apart. She’s worked hard on her­self since the plane in­ci­dent, and so has Brad. They’re still in love.”

❛BRAD TOOK THE FIRST STEP, THEN THEY COLLAPSED INTO EACH OTHER’S ARMS❜

They share a brood of six

Re­ports say the cou­ple have called off their di­vorce

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