Brad & Angelina settle with News of the World, NOTW says they made split story up


Back in January of this year, the British tabloid News of the World reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had contacted a divorce lawyer and begun to set up a settlement for their finances and custody of the kids. It was oddly specific, and it made a big splash in the international press, and even got picked up by the legit media. NOTW never retracted their story, despite denials from the Brangelina camp. So a week later, La Brangelina filed a lawsuit against NOTW. Now their suit has been settled, with NOTW making a financial settlement to Brad and Angelina, and NOTW also had to eat sh-t publicly, admitting that they made the whole thing up:

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie settled a lawsuit against News Corp.’s News of the World newspaper in the U.K. over stories that said the couple was planning to separate.

“The News of the World’s publication of these falsehoods spawned an array of false stories published all over the world,” Jolie and Pitt’s lawyer, Keith Schilling, said in court today. “When the News of the World failed to publicly retract the allegations and apologize for them — thereby leaving their readers in the dark as to the true position — the couple felt they had no alternative than to sue.”

The News of the World published a front-page story in January saying the actors had visited divorce lawyers in late 2009 and were deciding how to divide 205 million pounds ($313 million) in assets and custody of their six children, according to a statement Schilling read in a London court.

The newspaper published a second story a week later repeating the allegations and saying Pitt and Jolie were arguing over who had leaked details of their separation to the press.

The couple sued in February. A News Corp. unit in the U.K. admitted the stories were false and agreed to pay undisclosed damages to the couple’s charity, Schilling said.

[From Bloomberg]

Their attorney Keith Schilling also said: “Today’s victory marks the end of the litigation brought by Brad and Angelina.” So I guess Brad and Angelina got what they wanted – an admission of falsity, and money to help ease the pain (they’ll probably donate it to charity). Personally, I love how easy it is for celebrities to sue the tabloids in Britain – it’s much easier over there than it is in America. It might have to be – I tend to think the British tabloids will run with some of the craziest stories out there.

So, is the story done now? Can we just acknowledge that Brad and Angelina don’t seem to be breaking up any time soon? Some people still don’t believe it, and this victory will mean nothing. Oh, well.

Angelina Jolie, a cast member in the motion picture thriller Salt , attends the premiere of the film with her longtime companion, actor Brad Pitt at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on July 19, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

Angelina Jolie, a cast member in the motion picture thriller Salt , attends the premiere of the film with her longtime companion, actor Brad Pitt at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on July 19, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

HOLLYWOOD - JULY 19: Actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie attend the 'Salt' Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 19, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

Angelina Jolie, a cast member in the motion picture thriller Salt , attends the premiere of the film with her longtime companion, actor Brad Pitt at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on July 19, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

Header: Brangelina on July 20, 2010. Credit: Fame.

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  1. lisa says:


    And yes the naysayers will say what they have said for over 5 years day in and day out. They could breakup one day.. such is life..

    But today they are together and really seem happy. the people who don’t like that should get a life and live it. Stop all the hate because these two people are together.. and note they only care about these two particular people

    I hope they last for a long time. Looking at them they seem to fit very well. And it is rare in this life to find the right person for you. My thought is when you do celebrate and don’t allow the outside world to mess with that. I don’t there is any couple that has so much crap printed about their relationship. I think all the negative has made them stronger.. not what the none fans wanted I bet.

    Good for them and their family.

  2. Pont Neuf says:

    The News Of The World will never learn, will they? After the scandal with the illegal recordings of telephone conversations from celebrities and politicians, one would assume that they would have chosen a more cautious approach to their not-so-integral style of journalism. Alas, this is a tabloid so, obviously, intelligence and common sense are not a part of their vocabulary.

    As for Brad and Angelina, aren’t they already overexposed enough? Oh, just go away for a year and stop bothering us, you two annoying famewhores.

  3. flutters says:

    Good. Now if only they (and before I get pounced on, Jennifer Aniston also) would stop with relentless attention seeking behavior and the catering to the tabloid culture. They all get way too much attention considering the mediocrity of their art.

  4. anon says:

    thanks for posting this update CelebB,
    now if only they could sue the American tabs 🙂

  5. bite me says:

    god bless the pitt-jolies 🙂

    EDIT: don’t you have to be married to be able to get a divorce…anyway i noticed that since they sued NOTW the american tabloid press have cold off a bit with the salacious stories

  6. cee says:


  7. jones says:

    What’s bizarre about this lawsuit is that almost every tabloid is writing about these two. I believe that at the time they probably were having marital problems and there was a grain of truth to the story NOTW published. They probably salvaged their marriage since then.

  8. Lisa S. says:

    Great for them, but I agree with flutters. I am also not a hater by any means, but I just noticed in that fourth pic that Angelina Jolie has got some work done. 😉

  9. Praise St. Angie! says:

    what? a tabloid made something up?!!!

    in all seriousness, I’m glad that the tab had to admit they made it all up. it sucks that any celeb has to take the time/money to sue a mag/newspaper for something that’s hurtful and, worse, untrue.

  10. miranda says:

    NOTW didn’t say they made it up; they said they printed it in good faith and it just happened to be untrue! If you choose to put your relationship (and young children) in the public eye, you can hardly complain if people speculate on them; and how come, if they’re so concerned with the gossip, have the interviews that AJ has done to “promote” Salt been all about her and her perfect family? I know almost nothing new about the film – except from the reviews, which are either damning with faint praise, or absolutely ghastly.

  11. embertine says:

    I think the tip-off that this story was BS was the fact that they were apparently contacting a divorce lawyer, despite not actually being married.

    Well, that, plus it was in the News of the World.

  12. lisa says:

    @jones… see this is the problem reading the rags.

    Brad and Angie couldn’t have marital problems.. they are not married.

    And yes when they are not promoting a film they are out of sight. Angie has done. what ONE TV interview.. the thing is every thing she says is picked up and reprinted and posted over and over again in other mags and TV shows. The SALT premier was Monday. She has been out of site since.. But the tabs are the ones that can’t leave them alone.. And not just each week. but for 5 years.. Someone once found a thing where they showed how many times the rags had them on the cover in 1 year.. I think out of 52 issues they were on 46 of them..

    they promote their films like every other celeb. thing is their pictures and quotes are used for weeks and months even years.

  13. Steeze says:

    hahaha. i love when the branjeloonies come out to play!

    theyre a celebrity couple. they use the media to their own advantage. they want to white wash so badly how they started. they desperately want to be perceived as perfect and saints.

    personally, they annoy me because of this need to control everything.

    im more of a fan of johnny depp… now thats someone whos genuinely good and doesnt feel the need to shove it in our faces every day!

  14. anon says:

    what is the pointy thing hanging in the top of her ear opening? i noticed that in a few other pics, and i went and looked and i don’t have nothing like that?

  15. missmilly says:

    ugh… think they are THAT important! THEY MAKE MOVIES! HELLO PEOPLE! Get over yourselves.

  16. Guest says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more Miranda and Steeze! If these people don’t want the media/public talking and speculating about them or their children and family, then they ought to stop promoting those things in the press. The entire Salt promotion has centered around promoting Brangelina or the Jolie-Pitts – when the film itself only stars Jolie as far as I know.

    And for those saying they stay out of the press when not promoting, that’s only true to the extent that they stay out of the press when they want to stay out of the press. How come we have frequent timely pap shots of them and press releases giving us their “statement” on world issues or announcing a donation they supposedly made, as if they are politicians? This is all part of their PR, whether you acknowledge it or not. They have opened themselves up for this, and they can’t cherry pick when they are going to be okay with it.

  17. hanh says:

    Johnny Depp does plenty of press every time he has a movie to promote. The media just doesn’t pick it up as much as Angie/Brad because he doesn’t sell as well as they do.

    Media tour/press – that is all part of the package of promoting a movie. Its their job to do that and part of their contract. They would get sued mucho bucks if they failed to promote their own movie.

    Every actor/actress does it. The more media they can attract, the better for the movie/project.

  18. Lisa S. says:

    Had to comment again. AMEN Steeze and Guest! How right you are!

  19. N.D. says:

    2Guest: So because they dare to openly donate millions to charity it’s OK to say any crap about them? Like we, public, now have a right to punish them for their generousity because they failed to hide it from us? This is a really twisted and vile logic there.

  20. mln says:

    Lainey had an interesting theory about this article basically that NOTW was avoiding an injunction about another story so made this up on the cuff right before publication.

    I think the key was mentioning a lawyer by name who said in fact they had never met them. BTW for all the people who state that these two are “fame whores” this all started because they chose to forgo the award shows this year and the tabs had a mini shit fit so in fact it really wasn’t thier fault. When they lay low people say they are breaking up and when they are visible people say they are faking it so they can’t win

  21. meme says:

    People who continually gush about how FABULOUS AND PERFECT their lives are usually are FOS in my experience.

  22. Van says:

    NOTW probably just agreed to say they made it up in exchange for something, i.e. dropping the lawsuit, exclusive on some other story.

  23. Jill says:

    Well so much for AJ’s assertion that she doesn’t read what the media says about her. She had to become aware somehow to be involved in this lawsuit.

  24. Kim says:

    Meme ,so Heidi and Seal, Jerry and Jessica, Julia and Danny, Kimora and Djimon, Tom And Katie, JLO and Mark Kevin and Kyra, Rita and Tom… are FOS. All these women gush about how happy they are. Jill, she didn’t have to read this was covered on CNN- her favorite channel according to her, Msnbc, The Today Show and CBS Early Morning News( I watched Charles Osgood report this story)

  25. RHONYC says:

    pic # 4 is like…

    “i’m gonna eat you alive in the limo, baby.”


    lol 🙂

  26. Liana says:

    Oh, just go away for a year and stop bothering us, you two annoying famewhores.

    I hate the term “famewhore.” It just annoys me. Promoting a movie is not being a famewhore, it’s promoting a movie, part and parcel of the film industry standards.

  27. truthSF says:

    @Jill – They sued because the NOTW story was quoted by every legitimate News channel, including CNN, which the couple do watch. They only sued because legit news shows were reporting this crap as if it was true. I don’t thing they would’ve done anything if the story stayed in tabloidville.

  28. sassenach says:

    It’s gotten really old to say that they are famewhores when you barely see them. Out of all of the A-list celebs that live in L.A. they are papped the least. Besides her humanitarian trips and movies, she does not give interviews and she does not partake in the HW social scene. She is one of the most famous women in the world and yet she films less movies then even Jennifer Garner who people think is a saint.

  29. irena NL says:

    Great news!!! What % of the tab stories are baseless fabrications!?

  30. meme says:

    @Kim – excuse me but none of those couples except for TomKat and man that’s crappy company to keep, constantly gush about how perfect their lives are and whore their kids out the way Angelina does. NONE OF THEM.

  31. Kim says:

    meme,read any Heidi interview

  32. Whatever says:

    I don’t get the anger, hate and jealousy that these two cause. The haters come out in droves whenever there is a story about them. Why would anyone wish for a family to be miserable or split up? It’s a little sick. So freaking what how they got together. It seems obvious that they are happy, yet some people seem to be foaming at the mouth and waiting for them to break up and be miserable. Sick. I’m glad they sued this rag. Good for them.

    Oh and to the comment about Angelina saying she doesn’t read the stories. That is wrong. She said the KIDS don’t see them. I don’t blame her for shielding them. It would make any child insecure to read every other week that the parents are breaking up, even if it is a lie.

  33. Bee says:

    I’m glad the News of the Liars, I’m sorry World, was forced to eat crow on this one. The way the tabloids so blatantly lie (Angelina’s alleged suicide attempt) is disgusting. They’re constantly missing the real stories ( Halle Berry and Gabrielle Aubry’s & Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins’ splitting up) and focusing on the fictional splits of Brad and Angie and Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba. Brad and Angie appear to be happy and focused on their children. So as Flo from Alice would say, the tabloids can “kiss my grits.”

  34. Camille says:

    sassenach: I agree.
    Bee: I agree with you also.

    I am happy they won, good for them. This won’t stop the haters hating though.

  35. sandy says:

    love these two, they are not fame whores, but i admit, i seek out stories of them on everything, like the rest of the world does, they are an interesting pair, they have substance, always doing something important, with or without the kids, yes i have a life, but not as good as theirs, they know how to make the best of what they have, generous to a fault, caring for others, worldly, etc.

  36. Beth says:

    The stupidity and hypocricy of the haters boggles my mind but it can be entertaining. Famewhoring and attention seeking? They almost never go to other people’s premieres, they don’t go to random events and openings, or nightclubs and pap hotspots. When there are candide photos it’s usually of them entering or leaving a car. Never just strolling down the street or hanging out in the park. For people who “whore out their kids” they aren’t seen often. Since coming back from Italy in May I think there’s been 3 or 4 pictures of them. Kids of Halle Berry, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Garner, etc are seen that many times every week. It’s obvious that people are not actually reading Angelina’s interviews but are going by excerpts from blogs and tv shows. She talks mostly about Salt and barely about her family. The blogs/tv always headline the personal for all celebrities. This isn’t new. Brad and Angelina rarely announce donations. The media does since most of their donations comes from their public record foundation.

  37. love says:

    News of the World is the worst tabloid ever.

  38. anneesezz says:

    I thought they didn’t read the tabloids or worry about the “lies” they write. She is so full of crap. She contradicts herself in every other interview.

  39. anon says:

    the news of their break up was reported on CNN and other “legitimate” news outlets; they didn’t have to read about it. they heard it on the news like everyone else, not just those who follow celebrity gossip.

  40. Ironic... says:

    You get famous, then you get hated for it..

    You try and protect what little privacy you have left, you’re vilified for it..

    You earn the money for working, you try and do some good with it, and you’re criticized for it…

    God forbid that you’re human and flawed, because you’re thought of as being perfect and flaunting it for all the world to see…

    Fame is indeed, ironic…