Us Weekly: Brad Pitt spent a boozy & balloon-filled night at a hotel


I’ve been doing this job for years and I feel like I’ve got a pretty good radar for when gossip-media outlets are trying to say something without coming out and saying it. That sort of gossip subtext is usually reserved for male stars, especially closeted male stars, but sometimes it’s used it weird ways for other celebrities. Here’s a perfect example: Us Weekly’s headline is “Brad Pitt Throws Party at Hotel, Brings Balloons Home to His Kids.” The point is supposed to be, “Brad Pitt is a great father and he knows his kids love balloons, so isn’t it amazing and thoughtful that he brought balloons back for his kids?” But the subtext here is weird.

Finally time to celebrate? Brad Pitt threw a private party at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday, January 18, and left with a special favor for his kids.

“Brad had an intimate party in one of the rooms,” a source tells Us Weekly. “He spent the night at the hotel and left in the morning with a big gold and white balloon arrangement that he wanted to take home for his kids.”

The actor, who is currently locked in a heated custody battle with estranged wife Angelina Jolie, also had his bodyguard take home the alcohol from the event.

“They brought out a few bottles of red wine and Perrier-Jouet champagne and loaded it into Brad’s car in the morning as he was leaving,” the source says. “He was very private and exited out the side door of the hotel.”

[From Us Weekly]

“Intimate party” and “They brought out a few bottles of red wine and Perrier-Jouet champagne and loaded it into Brad’s car in the morning as he was leaving.” He spent the night at a hotel during an “intimate party” and loaded up his car with leftover booze. THAT is the story, not that he also left with balloons. What was this intimate party? Who was in attendance? Was it an intimate party for two or three people? Did Brad decide to celebrate his new single status by staying at a hotel for a night and having a boozy menage a trois? WHY WERE BALLOONS INVOLVED?

The reasonable part of me believes he was probably hosting an intimate Oscar-campaign event for Moonlight. But if that was the case, why not just say “he hosted an intimate campaign event and decided to stay the night”?


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  1. Sixer says:

    Balloon sculpture competition. Gotta be. I can make a mean giraffe (and a failed owl).

  2. edith says:

    wait… is wine booze? Many, many people have some kind of parties involving wine, but that does not mean its an alcoholic bieber-style fratparty….
    the balloon part for the kids is weird tho

    • Esmom says:

      I’ve always considered anything alcoholic to be “booze.” Who knows. But it seems Brad’s alcohol possession is now being monitored by the masses.

      • Sarah says:

        So much for the rumors that he went to rehab. Although to be fair, he could host a party with alcohol and not drink. But why bring the wine home?

    • tmot says:

      I thought they were going to accuse him of doing nitrous with the balloons… all Demi style. But, no.

      At least he has good taste in champagne.

  3. detritus says:

    Where was Kate Hudson that night? *twilight zone music

    All this makes me want to know is who attended, and why the focus on the booze. Also, is he supposed to get dad brownie points for bringing home balloons he used at a party? I mean cool, but it’s an after thought, not a ‘wow great dad’ moment.

    • Erinn says:

      Honestly at this point, I think the focus on the booze and the wording is because that’s going to move magazines a lot easier than ‘Brad Pitt Celebrates with Cast after Oscar Nom”. I mean, sure. It could be a subtle way to say ‘oh look Brad’s out boozing it up’ without saying it – but the whole thing just sounds so weird that I kind of suspect it was more ‘lets imply something so we can get people buying’.

      But who am I? I don’t know these people. I don’t know if he’s a full blown alcoholic or someone who imbibes at inappropriate times and acts like garbage. I don’t know if he NEEDS alcohol or if he sometimes drinks too much. For all I know he’s a raging alcoholic, but I feel like we’d have been hearing more about his drinking before now. Again – who knows.

      But it’s not like these magazines don’t have a strong interest in what kind of stories are going to move more copies.

      As for the balloons, I feel like it was a “hey, what should we do with these balloons?” “Oh. The kids would probably like the balloons”. Not some grand gesture just a “hey, kids like balloons, I might as well take them”.

      • KB says:

        The stuff was loaded up into a blue Toyota van. They referred to it as “his car.” I have a hard time believing he’s driving that thing around.

      • detritus says:

        I wonder if they originally wrote it as ‘Brad goes boozing, but still loves his kids’ and the editors made them change it.
        It’s very strangely worded copy.

        As for the booze, in my limited experience, alcoholics don’t tend to drink just wine or beer when they are really bad. But I’m talking going to die bad, so I’m not sure my meter stick is appropriate.

        I think we’re on the same page with the balloons. It’s a nice thought, but its not really worthy of crazy praise.

  4. Louise177 says:

    Agree that it was probably an event for Moonlight but the part about the balloons seems out of place. I don’t get why it’s such a big deal considering they are leftovers. It was an afterthought in the article but I don’t think taking home bottle of liquor is good for his rep.

    • Pam_L says:

      There shouldn’t be any mystery about the balloons. The traditional Academy Awards colors are gold and white. Brad brought out a gold and white balloon arrangement and decided to take them to his kids. Sounds like he threw an Oscar nomination party for the Moonlight cast and tabloids are trying to make something sinister out of it.

  5. Jeesie says:

    Meh, given the timing he probably just threw a little party or small campaign event for Plan B or Moonlight. If he was spending the night with someone or someone’s I can’t see why he’d decorate with balloons. Roses maybe, but balloons?

    As for the booze, if he bought a bunch of liquor for the event, of course he’s going to take it with him.

    I think the subtext here is they know he was working and not romancing anyone, but they want to suggest otherwise without actually saying it.

    • V4Real says:

      That sounds about right.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Your take on it is more likely the truth.

    • doofus says:

      “I think the subtext here is they know he was working and not romancing anyone, but they want to suggest otherwise without actually saying it.”

      winner winner chicken dinner!

      the “romancing” story/implication gets more clicks and page views, so…yeah.

      • Ankhel says:

        What do you know!? All the evidence says he was roaring drunk and schtupping lady clowns in that room!!

        *Breathes hard, corrects tin foil hat*

      • doofus says:


        side note: the word “schtup” needs to be used more often.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yeah that’s what it sounds like to me too.
      And if they decorated for a party, wouldn’t it make sense that they remove the decorations when they go? It would be crappy to leave all that there for housekeeping to deal with.
      This sounds like a sad attempt to make a tabloid story out of nothing.

  6. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Is he doing the patented “Lindsay Lohan blowing a kiss” move in that bottom picture?

    • PGrant's Girl says:

      Hahaha that’s so weird, right? I looked at that and went “wtf?” He’s been a huge celebrity for more than 20 years and I’ve never seen any pic of him like that before!

    • I Choose Me says:

      Right? I posted the same thing down below before seeing your comment. If he is that’s just no bueno.

  7. sarri says:

    Sounds like it was for Moonlight, it’s a good movie. I hope it wins some Oscars.

  8. Lula says:

    If there was a pole dance table kate hudson was probably invited,-

  9. molly says:

    Seen the pictures. It looks like it was for moonlight. Nothing romantic. The balloons were huge display ones.

  10. nemera34 says:

    Seriously.. the subtext is trying to say Brad is an alcoholic. And REALLY get over it. If Brad wanted to have a boozy night he has a huge ass mansion. He is not a broke ass. HE can do whatever he wanted in the privacy of the compound. Brad has an extensive Wine Collection. He owns a winery. He doesn’t have to sneak off to a hotel to drink. Nor does he have to sneak the leftovers. DUH he can afford to send his people to out.

    He obviously had a party. NOT a crime. And he is not hiding the booze. Again shows he doesn’t feel the need to hide anything from anyone.. The man is paying for his mistake. He has loss his least the way it was. So now some people expect him to what??? curl up and hide away. He and Angie both have a right to enjoy life. Even if their marriage is over. NO one says this about other celebrities out and about after a divorce.

  11. B n A fn says:

    I know when we have office parties at my job we always have balloons at the tables with the food. Imo, if it was a romantic intimate occasion there would not be balloons, just booze, just saying. I’m guessing this was for his movie. Also, if he was with a woman, I bet we would have never seen those pictures of him leaving a hotel, jmo.

    Btw, he looks happy in those photos, I guess the family is getting along better and he’s seeing his children.

  12. Fa says:

    Funny tabloids trying hard to protect male celebrities in general, but this headline is weird it is obvious there were party going on that hotel but why use the kids, this are party balloons maybe he was taking them back home but saying is for his kids to make him good, the man has made a mistake and I believe he regrets but constantly repeating how much he care about his kids is defending too much. When tabloids try to be sympathy to one celebrities in the process they just hurt the whole family.

    • B n A fn says:

      Fa, he’s not saying anything in that story, the tab is making up a story to go with the pictures.

      • Fa says:

        I meant the tabloids are overdoing the narrative about Brad that he really care about his kids, they keep repeating that narrative, he is a good father of course he care about his kids as any father will but I don’t like how tabloids reporting this, they trying hard to cover his mistake by reminding us repeatedly how good father he is.
        I don’t doubt he is a great father.

    • nemera34 says:

      Brad is not repeating it. He didn’t say anything nor gave an interview. These pictures are from last week. So of course the tabloids got them and created their story. If they actually had any real details we would know what the party was for and who was there. The reason is they don’t know squat.. So blaming Brad or Angie for every tabloid story is silly. Tabloids get pictures and then write a story around them. This is exactly the case here.

    • mini says:

      The tabloids just have a hate on for Angie so any time they can make Brad look like the poor misjudged person the happier they are. He has become his ex Aniston. All the poor Brad, sad Brad, just wants his kids Brad, evil Angelina. I am done with him if he does not stop this pity party and stop making Angelina the villain. But he has never defended her before so I will not hold my breath. I also hope that the tabloid People will never get another Angelina story ever.

      • Fa says:

        One thing for sure, you will not hear Angelina sources say Angelina seems more happier now, like the one Brad sources said to people magazine on their issues this week. She will never play victim and she is more open than him and more articulate than him, her next interview will be interesting

      • Michelle says:

        Too right, mini!

  13. YepIsaidit says:

    Not surprising that Photos of him (from the paparazzi ) are released right when Angelina Jolie has good news. All this time he managed to hide out from paparazzi but now he is being seen. He called them – he wants to be seen because she has good news.

    I really don’t care what or who he’s doing (pretty sure he cheated on her MANY times) but I hate that we are going to have to see him anytime she has something to promote. He’s playing THAT game. I hope he gets a woman that doesn’t want to play that game and he can leave Angelina alone. She didn’t do that to him when he was on his vacation , his for publicity charity event ,or when he was promoting his world wide flop (yes it’s a full blown flop 110 m worldwide and pretty much opened every where it’s gonna open).

    Oh he seems oh so much like how the Brangelina fans used to describe Jennifer Aniston.

    Also, what a slap in the face to his children to be seen with four bottles of booze when that is the reason he lost them. Cold & heartless towards his children.

    • Esmom says:

      Ok, I’m sorry, but I’m not sure how holding a couple bottles of wine can be seen as a slap in the face. Maybe if he’d had them all open and was trying to chug from them all at once…yeah. But since when is it a crime to be just holding some bottles? Sigh.

      • YepIsaidIt says:

        It’s not a crime but given the huge issue around his divorce- 4 drug tests a month and visitations …it’s a slap in the face to the kids.

        People forget this celebrity divorce is not just about Angelina Jolie – it’s about 6 children and he seems like a complete selfish ass!!

        Jennifer Aniston was right for not having kids with the guy.

        Good luck to his next victim. Lmao

      • Stella says:

        Aniston has not had kids with Justin, either! lol And she has been with Justin longer than she was with Brad. PMSL She just never wanted kids, period. Nothing to do with Brad.

    • Snowflake says:

      Really? You think he’s so dense he will call the paps so they can take a picture of him with booze? Really? How about maybe he was just doing his thing and they took pictures of him? As in, he’s a celebrity, and they took pictures of him. Very hard to hide when you’re a popular celebrity. Plenty of people working at the hotel, wouldn’t be that hard to call the media and get paid.

    • NYC says:

      Every time I read your comments I have to laugh, I just can’t take you seriously.

    • Ramona says:

      “I hate that we are going to have to see him anytime she has something to promote.”

      Err. What is she promoting? Print ads for an already established perfume? He is campaigning for the most deserving and yet underdog film nominated for an Oscar. A film thats been in the pipeline for two years. Some people here used to claim the same thing every time Jennifer Aniston dared to breathe while Angelina was in the news. I notice they have found some restraint on Jennifer Aniston posts but are transferring that weird obsessive energy to Brad Pitt articles. Its exhausting just thinking about it.

      • Stella says:

        Or the hate to Angelina from Anistonloons everytime Angelina dared to breathe. They took her mere presence in public as a personal attack on Aniston. And they still do! Anistonloonies still have no restraint. Such hypocrisy.

    • KB says:

      Brad Pitt produced a Best Picture nominee. Couldn’t it be argued that he’s the one with the good news and she’s putting out her own in response?

      • LadyT says:

        There you go KB! And that’s not a dis. She’s brilliant with her image and the media. Yes, I know the ad deal was made in 2015. The point is that she’s using it NOW. The actual release is set for March. She is in control and in the news for a campaign that exemplifies womanhood and she’s donating the proceeds to charity.

      • V4Real says:

        “She is in control and in the news for a campaign that exemplifies womanhood and she’s donating the proceeds to charity.”

        And Brad is producing movies that are giving jobs to Black actors.

        So there, they are both doing something good.

      • Lana says:

        You will never quit, will you V4Real? No wonder people call you out. You must be trolling at this point.

      • V4Real says:

        No Lana, I’m not trolling. I don’t live under a bridge.
        Noone can call me out when they have nothing to call me out on.

        Am I wrong? Has Brad not produced films with a heavy presence of Black actors?

      • LadyT says:

        What??? Brad’s very positively in the news for stellar, unique movie. And now so is Angie in the news for a good thing.

      • Paige says:

        @Lady T when was the deal supposed to be used? It was going to be released, divorce or no divorce. The same thing could be said about any of their future projects that the general public doesn’t know about.

      • LadyT says:

        Right Paige. This is her same beautiful, humanitarian image- planned long ago in 2015. The campaign is to be released in March. The timing of this little tease though, two days ago, is what I find oddly coincidental.
        I’m sure they’ll both subtlety use whatever is in their pipeline to refocus on better times. The difference here is Brad didn’t chose when the Oscars and his movie are in the news.
        I honestly didn’t mean it as a big deal.

      • lucy2 says:

        IKR? Couldn’t it be the opposite just as easily?
        For the record I think both are just doing their own thing and the timing is coincidence (just like I thought it always was with the Brangelina/Jen stuff). People are looking for things that simply aren’t there. He’s promoting a movie during awards season. Her perfume ad starts soon and was announced. BFD. They’re both people involved with various things, sometimes those are going to happen around the same time. Gasp!

      • Fa says:

        The perfume release coincide the premiere of her movie in Cambodia in February and Guerlain said they will release more information about the perfume in February before the release in March, this picture ads was a teaser

      • Jessica says:

        Lay off of the guy. I’ve been reading the comments. It really does seem like he had a party for a great film and cleaned up after.

    • mini says:

      Well said. He has lost a lot of respect in my eyes.

  14. bap says:

    who cares he will get a pass for whatever does.

  15. molly says:

    I think the only problem with drink is when you become dependent on it. Brad is not going to quit drinking all together. It’s when your behavior is effected & impacts your life. There in lies the problem. When you use drink for an escape? You have to address the underlying issues & hopefully for his & his family’s sake, with the therapy, that is what he has been doing.

  16. The Original G says:

    ……Like a hospitality suite? Wow, how utterly ordinary.

    • Snowflake says:

      But it’s some calculated plan to get at Angelina. Cause you know, neither one of them has anything better to do than try to stage things to make each other look bad.

  17. I Choose Me says:

    Weird write up fer sure. Um, tell me he’s not doing the blowing a kiss thing that z list starlets and Lindsay Lohan does in that second picture. He’s not right? Right?

  18. Snowflake says:

    Omg, I really hate how people go off on the person in this relationship that they don’t like. You weren’t there! You have no clue what happened. But yet you form the hateful opinions and come up with theories to justify it. I like both of them, wish they had stayed together.

    • B n A fn says:

      I’m with you . Some fans acts as if they are a part of Brad and Angelina’s life, they will not give Brad a break.

    • V4Real says:

      If Brad and AJ work things out, perhaps get back together, they would be loving Brad again. Before her fans found out about the divorce you couldn’t say one bad thing about Brad. Now Brad is a monster.

      • KB says:

        The cognitive dissonance immediately following the news of their split is what I found most amusing. “I don’t believe it for a second…let’s wait until we get more information…I think they can work it out…Brad is a raging alcoholic monster that doesn’t care about his children, I bet he said something racist to his kid!”

      • Paige says:

        Some of the names I see here that are pro-Angie were always pro-Angie based on their past comments. Same with the ones that are pro-Brad. I remember seeing their names in old threads, and they were writing nasty thing about Brad two years ago. One particular person, ( I won’t name him/her) I responded to on several occasions.

  19. Talie says:

    Angelina and Brad’s coupledom probably curtailed stories about their worst sides…and now that they are split I don’t think people are going to be feeling either one. As Lainey pointed out yesterday, Angelina is already back to doing the sex symbol thing as her way back in. Total redux for both. He also seems to be leaning on hot. But will it play the same now that they are older?

    • tracking says:

      Unlikely, but given the intersection of sexism and ageism, he’s likely to fare better in Hollywood. Not sure she cares about that anymore though.

  20. BJ says:

    He was not celebrating Moonlight nominations.I saw pics of him at the hotel Monday.They were are on IG fan pages.It may have been related to Moonlight but the nominations hadn’t been announced yet.

  21. Anna says:

    I saw these pics. My first response was that the balloons were gold=Oscars. Those were not kids balloons. The overnighter was obviously a celebration (champagne)/gathering to wait for the announcement of best pic noms which came at 5:00 a.m.

    • Fa says:

      The picture are January 18 last Wednesday

      • Anna says:

        Where did you find that. I checked and all sites say Oscar overnight date?

        Brads compound is by Griffith Park in Los Feliz. Many people, including myself stay in hotels on one side of town to avoid going to the other during rush hour which encompasses a long block of time in LA. He’s rich. If he was on the westside for whatever reason, it would not be strange to stay at the (AMAZING) Casa del Mar over night or Shutters next door. Me, it would be more like a room on one of those “last minute” booking sites like Hotwire to get off the road and seek refuge. Some of us feel so claustrophobic in the traffic and it’s worth a bill to stay put rather than sit in it for two hours.

  22. cindy says:

    That is one weird story. He doesn’t live with his kids right now, so how is he going to bring them balloons? And even if he could, why would his kids care about a bunch of balloons? Even the alcohol part is strange. Like he can’t afford to buy more wine? I don’t understand anything about this. That picture of Brad blowing a kiss though……thank you celebitchy :)

    • Erinn says:

      I might have been a weird kid, but when I was the age of the younger kids, I loved getting balloons. I mean, usually balloons are associated with something like a birthday, or whatever. But I got helium ones during birthdays or when I was in the hospital (tonsils, then near death hemorrhage a few weeks post tonsil removal) – and they were fun and cheery.

      But even if it was for an event like a cousins birthday, we always would play with the ‘regular balloons. We’d hit them back and forth with eachother, rub them against fabrics to create static – normal, dumb, kid games.

      I mean, if they’re just going to be popped or whatever, it’s no big deal to just take them to the kids during a visit, or have them sent over.

  23. Luca76 says:

    Wasn’t he mandated to get drug and alcohol testing? Didn’t his team basically admit that his outburst was partially due to drinking? I’m not in attack mode (or even trying to be super pro Angie) but there are so many red flags here.

    • KB says:

      He wasn’t mandated to do testing, it was voluntary. I’m guessing now that the investigations have been closed and the case is sealed, he’s probably getting more time with the kids and the testing is over. Though it’d be wise for him to not be drinking publicly, regardless of whether or not he has a legitimate problem.

      It was reported that Angelina said he hadn’t been drinking when the incident happened but that he got drunk later, but his team said he had been drinking before the incident.

      As I mentioned upthread, they were loading the balloons and presumably the alcohol as well, into a light blue van. I haven’t seen any photos of him getting into the van and it doesn’t really seem like that would be his kind of ride, so who knows.

  24. Brittney Buckley says:

    Except it *does* come right out and say he stayed the night. It’s just earlier in the article.

    I’m surprised he’d sanction any story that included alcohol, though. Especially in the same breath as balloons for the kids. Weird dichotomy there.

    • GoOnGirl says:

      Why are you so surprised that Brad would sanction alcohol? Remember he said he gets away with more than he should? That’s cause he’s Brad Pitt.

      • pwal says:

        Errr… if you’re hosting a party, isn’t the goal to cater to your guests’ taste? Sure, you can make accommodations for yourself, but you’re not the whole damn show!

  25. Sage says:

    I don’t think he is under any restrictions anymore and he is seeing the kids more than we know.

    If I paid for expensive bottles of champagne that no one drank at my party, then I would take it home too. 🙂

  26. bap says:

    The media made his image which is to depict him as always being young for public. He is not a strong and a real man. He needs media. Angelina on the other hand is very strong human being and was never made by the media, she is not invested in pleasing the media or the public.

  27. Rico Shue says:

    Apparently he’s also moved in with Kate Hudson. I saw it on the cover of a magazine at the supermarket, so it must true.

  28. bap says:

    Has anyone ever heard of a functioning problem drinker? He could probably be in that category.

  29. Shijel says:

    This is…. a very weird… huh.

  30. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    Did anyone else ever think Brad had a drinking problem? Pot, yeah..that’s been talked about forever. And I guess he & Angelina had their own winery at the French chateau…I don’t recall any talk of this before. Just curious.

    • Shiba says:


      Tarantino has famously described their VERY boozy night of bonding for Brad to sign on to Inglorious Bastards. Given that was when Pitt was suposedlly ‘Mr Mom’ing…and his bloat only picked up steam over time, the signs were there.

  31. Tanakasan says:

    Maybe he is donating champagne to Syrian refugees! Lindsay is only giving them Red Bull.

  32. nikko says:

    I just love Brad Pitt, always have and always will. I’ve loved Brad since 1988 and it’s good to see him looking like his old self.