AN­GELINA VS BRAD: IT’S WAR AGAIN!

Sub­tle swipes and sly shad­ing – what’s re­ally go­ing on with An­gelina Jolie and Brad Pitt?

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It hurts Brad to see his fam­ily with­out him

If there was an award for the most pas­sive-ag­gres­sive di­vorce bat­tle, we know who’d be go­ing up to col­lect the gong. As An­gelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s split saga con­tin­ues, it seems the pair have tapped into new tac­tics. Ac­cord­ing to our source, they’ve gone from all-out war to sub­tle swipes in a mat­ter of weeks.

Let’s be hon­est: the pair have come a long way since speak­ing through lawyers last year. As Look re­ported re­cently, Brad and Ange seemed to be work­ing to­gether – with Ange’s dad, 78-year-old Jon Voight, be­ing a cat­a­lyst to help them patch things up, and Brad say­ing: ‘We’re both do­ing our best.’ But ac­cord­ing to a source speak­ing ex­clu­sively to Look, this was the calm be­fore a rather in­con­spic­u­ous storm.

While in the past the cou­ple have stayed well out of the spotlight, 42-year-old Ange has been sur­pris­ingly pub­lic since she filed for di­vorce last Septem­ber. De­spite a se­ries of work com­mit­ments, in­clud­ing be­com­ing the face of Guer­lain’s new fra­grance, guest lec­tur­ing at the London School of Eco­nomics and en­gag­ing in a string of in­ter­views, last month she still man­aged to squeeze in fun days out with the kids and a lunch date with her once-es­tranged fa­ther. Hats off to su­per­mum Ange, but it’s a far cry from the barely seen star we once knew. Last month, An­gelina was first spot­ted on Mother’s Day hav­ing din­ner with 13-year-old Pax at TAO Asian Bistro in Hol­ly­wood – and later that week she was snapped shop­ping with Mad­dox, 15, and Za­hara, 12, at cloth­ing store Fred Se­gal. She even jet­ted the kids off to Dis­ney­land to cel­e­brate Shiloh’s 11th birth­day later in May.

Brad, mean­while, has been flung into the spotlight for all the wrong rea­sons af­ter his new Net­flix show War Ma­chine re­ceived some scathing re­views.

‘An­gelina’s been papped more times in the last few months than she has in the past five years,’ says our source. ‘She could be mak­ing an ex­tra ef­fort with the kids and dis­tract­ing her­self from the painful di­vorce, but it must hurt Brad to see his fam­ily with­out him all the time, es­pe­cially when he’s hav­ing a chal­leng­ing time in his own ca­reer.’

Brad, 53, re­mained quiet in the first few months of the di­vorce and cus­tody bat­tle – apart from the huge round of ap­plause he re­ceived at the Golden Globes in Jan­u­ary. But he’s also said to have been sub­tly shad­ing Ange af­ter he en­gaged in that can­did in­ter­view with GQ mag­a­zine last month. Open­ing up about the early months of the split, Brad re­ally tugged on the pub­lic’s heart­strings, re­port­edly leav­ing his ex-wife reel­ing.

He’s said to have con­tin­ued to ir­ri­tate An­gelina by speak­ing out

fur­ther. Re­cently he ad­dressed the split again, say­ing: ‘It’s all right. It’s just life... [The kids are tak­ing] all the fo­cus, as they should any­way.’ He’s also ap­par­ently un­der­go­ing surgery to re­move his tat­toos, in­clud­ing one done with Ange by a Thai monk, meant to ‘bind them spir­i­tu­ally’. Awks.

‘There’s a very sub­tle “tit for tat” go­ing on be­tween Ange and Brad. No doubt they both want to be the best pos­si­ble par­ents they can be, but there’s def­i­nitely an el­e­ment of com­pe­ti­tion – and they’re both start­ing to re­alise it,’ says our source.

But while Brad ad­mit­ted he needed to ‘be more’ for their six chil­dren, could the di­vorce have jolted Ange into the same way of think­ing? The ac­tress has been re­flect­ing on fam­ily af­ter she re­vealed in­ti­mate de­tails about her mother in a re­cent in­ter­view.

Speak­ing about her late mum Marche­line Bertrand, Ange said: ‘I know how much she would have con­trib­uted to [the chil­dren’s] lives and I’m sad they’ll miss out on that. I would give any­thing for her to be with me at this time. I’ve needed her. [Mother­hood] is the great­est gift and re­spon­si­bil­ity. It means do­ing ev­ery­thing that you can to live by your val­ues and try to be an ex­am­ple to your chil­dren.’

You’d think Ange’s ad­mis­sions might start to thaw ten­sions be­tween the pair, but with the ac­tress’s up­com­ing relocation to the UK for the film­ing of Mal­i­f­i­cent 2, we think not. We’ll be keep­ing a close eye on th­ese two...

Ange is all about qual­ity time with her kids, in­clud­ing (from left) Za­hara, Shiloh and Pax

Brad’s mov­ing on from the fam­ily home

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