an­gelina: ‘i’m not The vil­lain’

As An­gelina and Brad sit down with the lawyers, showbiz takes sides

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It’s been a whirl­wind few months for An­gelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Fol­low­ing their sep­a­ra­tion in Septem­ber, the pair are cur­rently star­ring in Hollywood’s most talked-about di­vorce, have been at the cen­tre of al­le­ga­tions and spec­u­la­tion and fought a bit­ter cus­tody bat­tle over their six chil­dren. But while the storm hasn’t cleared just yet, it seems the pair have fi­nally reached some sort of agree­ment.

In a state­ment re­leased last week, An­gelina, 41, and Brad, 53, agreed to han­dle their di­vorce pri­vately, en­sur­ing all court doc­u­ments re­main con­fi­den­tial and en­list­ing a pri­vate judge af­ter Ange pub­licly ‘blind­sided’ Brad on 20 Septem­ber by serv­ing him di­vorce pa­pers. But while the cou­ple – who were to­gether for 12 years and mar­ried for two – have called a truce for the time be­ing, sources close to An­gelina re­veal that be­hind closed doors, she’s reel­ing from the de­ci­sion.

While Brad’s re­quest to seal all court doc­u­ments was orig­i­nally de­nied last month by Judge Richard Bur­dge Jr, An­gelina agreed with the ac­tor’s mo­tives to keep the di­vorce un­der wraps for the sake of their chil­dren. But although An­gelina has done this, a close pal has re­vealed to Look that the ac­tress feels she’s been treated un­fairly. Not only is An­gelina still an­gry at what’s hap­pened, but fol­low­ing Brad’s very warm wel­come at the Golden Globes last week, she’s con­vinced

She’s still in­cred­i­bly an­gry at what’s hap­pened

that Hollywood has taken his side. ‘The day af­ter the Globes, she and Brad sat down with their lawyers and they both fi­nally agreed to pri­vacy,’ says our source. ‘She re­ally had no choice. Angie still wants to have a ca­reer when all this is over and she’s re­al­is­ing that soft­en­ing her stance with Brad is the best move she can make. But it goes against the grain be­cause she’s still in­cred­i­bly an­gry at what’s hap­pened.’

While it seems An­gelina is run­ning out of al­lies in Hollywood, one wo­man fighting her cor­ner and mak­ing sure she’s be­ing taken se­ri­ously is celebrity di­vorce lawyer Laura Wasser. Hav­ing represented a num­ber of stars – in­clud­ing Kim Kar­dashian, Johnny Depp and Ryan Reynolds – Laura, 48, is renowned as an un­stop­pable force. In an in­ter­view with Van­ity Fair last year, Laura – who re­port­edly charges $850 (£800) per hour – said that while her ac­tor clients are adept at on-screen dra­mat­ics, they ‘just want to get through it… they’re very ap­pre­cia­tive of know­ing there’s, like, a di­rec­tor and there’s a plan and they follow di­rec­tion pretty well’.

Ange seems des­per­ate to back­track on her orig­i­nal plan, though, and it could be pay­ing off as she’s re­port­edly just signed up for the sec­ond Malef­i­cent movie for a six-fig­ure salary. ‘Brad’s just grate­ful she’s agreed to the deal while Angie’s hop­ing it will start to change the public’s opin­ion of her,’ says our source. ‘Now they’re on the same page, es­pe­cially with re­gard to the kids, they’re both hop­ing they can wrap this up and move on from it.’ Is this the calm be­fore the storm?

Brad’s sur­prise ap­pear­ance at the Golden Globes re­ceived a huge round of ap­plause

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