ANGELINA MOVES ON
The actress is ready to make a clean break after Brad and she’s turned to another Hollywood actor for comfort
it’s been a whirlwind two months for Angelina Jolie. Following her split from husband Brad Pitt in September, the star enlisted top Hollywood divorce lawyer Laura Wasser (the same woman who represented Johnny Depp in his divorce); braved a plethora of completely false marriage rumours – including stories that Brad wanted to pursue Margot Robbie and Marion Cotillard while the pair were still together – and faced criticism from other A-listers. At a recent charity event in Los Angeles, comedian Chelsea Handler threw shade at the actress, saying Brad was being emancipated rather than divorced.
All in all, we think Angelina might be forgiven for feeling utterly down and out.
But last week, for the first time since the split, the actress broke her silence in a recorded video message for the International Criminal Court. Poised and calm, Angelina spoke out in support of a recent policy regarding children.
While it’s no secret that the actress has struggled with the separation (as Look told you back in October, despite Angelina initiating the divorce, the split left her ‘in a world of pain’) it seems she’s pulled herself out of the dark, after an insider told Look that she’s ‘throwing herself into life’ and definitely not ‘sitting alone wallowing in misery’.
‘She’s started coming out of her shell socially since the divorce,’ says our source. ‘When she was with Brad she didn’t really have time for anyone but him and their family unit. The only friends she made were through work and most of the time as soon as a project wrapped she’d lose touch. But now she’s started reaching out to others again and has been reconnecting with people.’
While the actress – who cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for the split – has been trying to stay occupied, concentrating on work and the kids (as Look went to press she was reportedly planning on a quiet and intimate Thanksgiving with just the children) it seems having the same top lawyer isn’t the only thing she and Johnny Depp have in common. According to our insider, the pair – who have always been friends – are spending an increasing amount of time together, speaking on the phone ‘sometimes twice a day’.
‘The main person she’s leaning on is Johnny. They were close when they shot The Tourist and they’ve picked up right where they left off,’ says our source.
‘They talk every day, sometimes twice a day; it’s been a huge help to Angie. Johnny adores her – he always has. Right now they’re still strictly in the friend zone, but who knows where it could lead?’
And it seems Johnny’s moral support has been a big help for Angelina. In a statement released last week, it was revealed she’ll continue to retain sole custody of their six children – Maddox, 15; Pax, 12; Zahara, 11; Shiloh, 10 and twins Knox and Vivienne, eight.
‘We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time,’ the statement read.
While our source has revealed Angelina is now looking forward to starting her new life in the UK as soon as possible, Brad has been granted ‘therapeutic visits’ to see the kids.
Angelina will be starting her visiting professorship at LSE university soon, where she’ll be teaching a course about war and the impact on women. She loves living in the UK after having spent time here while Brad filmed 2017 flick World War Z 2.
‘She’s been looking in the Richmond area, as everyone knows. She’s hoping to be there by next summer. But it all depends on getting things settled with Brad, which she wants to do as soon as possible,’ says our insider.
We think it’s fair to say Angelina will be glad to see the back of 2016…
She’s started coming out of her shell socially
Angelina finally broke her silence
Angelina and Johnny clicked while filming The Tourist
Brad was out on the red carpet recently