Fears for shrink­ing Brad

Wor­ried pals and docs weigh in amid fears the heart­break of di­vorce is push­ing Brad into an eat­ing dis­or­der

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With his bulging bi­ceps, chis­elled abs and broad shoul­ders, Brad Pitt was once the per­fect spec­i­men of a hot Hol­ly­wood hunk.

But when he stepped out on April 15 – en route to the LA art stu­dio where he’s thought to be spend­ing up to 15 hours a day paint­ing and sculpt­ing – Brad’s wor­ry­ingly skinny ap­pear­ance had his friends, fam­ily and even ex­perts fear­ing for his health.

“You could ac­tu­ally see his shoul­ders and ribs pok­ing through his top,” a wor­ried on­looker says. “He’s looking re­ally un­well.”

In fact, Brad’s shed so much weight that we’re told the ac­tor, 53, re­cently col­lapsed in a scary in­ci­dent at his Los Feliz home.

“He’d been eat­ing so lit­tle that he be­came weak [on his feet] and a staff mem­ber had to stop him from fall­ing over,” spills a source, adding that paramedics were called to Brad’s house af­ter the fright­en­ing health scare.

“He’s been skip­ping most meals and sur­viv­ing on cof­fee.”

Un­sur­pris­ingly, US Star mag­a­zine re­ports that the rea­son for Brad’s dis­turb­ing de­te­ri­o­ra­tion is his on­go­ing di­vorce from An­gelina Jolie, 41, with the drawn-out pro­ceed­ings tak­ing a serious toll on both his phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing.

“It’s been in­cred­i­bly weary­ing and de­struc­tive for him,” says one Star in­sider. “It’s not at all sur­pris­ing that he [would] be col­laps­ing un­der the strain.”

So how bad is it? Well, sources claim that Brad’s down to a mere 65 kilos – a dra­matic dip from the healthy 85kg his 180cm frame car­ried in its prime.

In fact, things look so dire, his friends are con­vinced he’s de­vel­oped an eat­ing dis­or­der from all the stress.

“Brad started to lose weight right af­ter the split, which was per­fectly un­der­stand­able, but... he has only got­ten worse as time goes by,” the in­sider claims. “This di­vorce seems to be killing him.”

In­deed, New York-based re­la­tion­ship ex­pert Gilda Carle says, “A very pub­lic di­vorce like this one can be so dev­as­tat­ing that peo­ple stop eat­ing... De­vel­op­ing an eat­ing dis­or­der would not be un­usual, be­cause los­ing the weight is a sym­bol for los­ing his fam­ily.”

But there’s a light at the end of the tun­nel for Brad – his kids.

Mad­dox, 15, Pax, 13, Za­hara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivi­enne and Knox, eight, are said to have vis­ited Dad at his Los Feliz home for the first time in months on April 2.

It was a happy re­union for Brad and a re­prieve from the lonely life he’s been lead­ing since the split, with sources say­ing he’s had lit­tle com­pany at the quiet com­pound apart from his do­mes­tic staff.

And since their visit, Brad’s re­port­edly been pre­par­ing to ramp up his bid for even more qual­ity time with his kids – par­tic­u­larly in the wake of a dis­turb­ing ac­ci­dent in Lon­don last month in­volv­ing Viv, af­ter Ange left her with a nanny.

Radar On­line shock­ingly claims that the young­ster was slumped against a rail­ing and couldn’t get up for 10 min­utes af­ter her min­der ac­ci­den­tally dropped her on her head while they were out play­ing in the park.

The nanny, who was watch­ing the kids while Ange was away in Switzer­land on UN N du­ties, was also seen al­low­ing Knox to ride il­le­gally on the han­dle­bars of a bike. Yikes!

“Brad was fu­ri­ous that Ange would leave the kids with some­one so ir­re­spon­si­ble,” says a source.

“He’s go­ing to use this as am­mu­ni­tion in court.” n

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