ANGELINA VS BRAD: IT’S WAR AGAIN!
Subtle swipes and sly shading – what’s really going on with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt?
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