angelina: ‘i’m not The villain’
As Angelina and Brad sit down with the lawyers, showbiz takes sides
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