AN­GELINA: SE­CRET DATES WITH A-LIS­TER

It’s been a rocky start to the year, but Ange is stick­ing to her plan to put all the neg­a­tiv­ity of the past be­hind her…

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Hang­ing out with her six chil­dren while spend­ing time in Cal­i­for­nia this week, An­gelina Jolie looked to be in bet­ter spir­its than we’ve seen in months. As Look pre­vi­ously re­ported, the 41-year-old’s been fo­cus­ing on mov­ing on with her per­sonal life and ca­reer – and 2017 is fi­nally shap­ing up to be the year she wants it to be.

We can’t help but think she de­serves it after re­cent stresses, which have seen her un­der­go­ing pre­ven­ta­tive cancer surgery as well as split­ting with Brad Pitt. But fol­low­ing a back­lash from fans and for­mer Hol­ly­wood stars, who ap­peared to side with Brad after their split, we’re told she’s moved on and is feel­ing pos­i­tive. And it might just have some­thing to do with the di­vorce bat­tle mov­ing on­wards, her plans to stay in the UK, a big ca­reer boost and the new man she’s been talk­ing to…

Her New Friends

While Ange has been lean­ing on ex-hus­band Billy Bob Thorn­ton and close friend Johnny Depp, our sources re­veal that her cur­rent smi­ley ex­te­rior is all down to a fresh union with re­ported for­mer fling Jared Leto, 45. ‘It’s all new to her,’ a pal re­veals. ‘But spend­ing time with some­one she can trust has given her that con­fi­dence boost she’s needed. Jared’s a great guy and he’s re­ally been a huge sup­port to her.’

Not only that, but the two also have many shared phil­an­thropic in­ter­ests. In 2015, Jared gave a pas­sion­ate speech at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards about ac­cept­ing refugees – ‘The en­tire world mat­ters and peace is pos­si­ble,’ he said – and An­gelina is spe­cial en­voy for the refugee agency UNHCR. ‘They have so much in com­mon,’ adds an­other source. ‘It’s re­ally re­fresh­ing and they’re very pas­sion­ate about con­tin­u­ing to help the cause, es­pe­cially in the cur­rent cli­mate.’

THE di­vorce Bat­tle

In Septem­ber, An­gelina ‘blind­sided’ her hus­band of 11 years by fil­ing for di­vorce, cit­ing ‘un­rea­son­able be­hav­iour’ as the cause, and she and Brad have since been in­volved in a very pub­lic spat. Ange was accused of ‘draw­ing blood’ first, by re­leas­ing a pub­lic state­ment in Oc­to­ber that said that her de­ci­sion to file was for ‘the health of the fam­ily’, prompt­ing Brad to re­lease an op­pos­ing state­ment say­ing he was ‘sad­dened by the news’ and he wanted to fo­cus on his chil­dren’s well-be­ing. What fol­lowed was an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­tor, which re­sulted in him not see­ing his chil­dren over Christ­mas and a stand­ing ova­tion when he pre­sented an award at the Golden Globes last month.

How­ever, Brad and Ange have made huge leaps since last year. Last month they had agreed to seal their court doc­u­ments and dis­cuss their di­vorce pri­vately – some­thing our sources tell us Brad was des­per­ate for. Of course, it doesn’t mean that the drama is over for good. Brad’s set to start pro­mot­ing his new film War Ma­chine, where he’ll be do­ing in­ter­views and pos­si­bly ad­dress­ing his for­mer mar­riage – some­thing Ange is very con­cerned about.

But our in­sid­ers have also re­vealed that the pair have plans to fi­nalise the en­tire sit­u­a­tion by April: ‘She’s not look­ing for­ward to it,’ adds an­other source. ‘But it’s mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion and that’s all she wants now: a clean break.’

THE Big Move

We’re told that Brad and Ange have agreed to keep their French res­i­dence for their chil­dren and have will have a house in Loz Feliz, Cal­i­for­nia, where Ange will stay with the lit­tle ones when they’re in town. This

She’s been talk­ing to Jared Leto

year, An­gelina will be tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cat­ing to the UK to film Malef­i­cent 2 as well as tak­ing up her role as a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor for a mas­ter’s course at the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics. ‘The fact that Brad and Ange have thrashed out a deal about any­thing at all is a real move for­ward,’ says a pal.

THE ca­reer Kick­start

Ange is go­ing to be very busy with the re­lease of her Net­flix orig­i­nal film First They Killed My Fa­ther: A Daugh­ter Of Cam­bo­dia Re­mem­bers later this year. She’s also been cho­sen to front the cam­paign for new per­fume Mon Guer­lain as its ‘icon of per­fumes’. An­gelina has re­vealed she’ll do­nate her fee for the cam­paign to char­ity.

BUT, it’s NOT all plain sail­ing…

Last week An­gelina’s dad, ac­tor Jon Voight, pro­fessed his sup­port for the new US gov­ern­ment and con­demned the Women’s March, call­ing it ‘no good’. While An­gelina has re­mained quiet on the sub­ject, we’re told she will re­spond in time. ‘She’s been pre­oc­cu­pied with the di­vorce but she has plenty to say on the sub­ject,’ says a friend.

We’d love Jared to be our knight in shin­ing ar­mour too… Brad got a great re­cep­tion at the Golden Globes

She’s been fight­ing for child cus­tody since her split from Brad Things are look­ing up for our Ange…

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