I decided to use some vintage-flavor photos in this Brangelina story, because I was getting tired of the photos from this year. I always think it’s interesting to look back at all of the old pics of a now-divorced (or divorcing) couple to see if there’s some kind of visual indicator for when sh-t went off the rails. If anything, I think Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie looked totally over it as early as 2014 and 2015. My theory is that they got married just because their kids wanted them to. And now we’ve got this: the worst divorce case we’ve seen in a long time. Even though there was noise, a few months ago, that the Brangelina divorce was winding down, that doesn’t seem to be the case whatsoever. Some highlights from this E! exclusive:
They’re not close to settling their divorce: “Brad and Angelina are not even close to settling their divorce,” a source tells E! News. “They are so hung up on dealing with the custody issues that they haven’t even exchanged any financial documents yet, which is routine in divorces and one of the first steps people take in the filing process. There will be no settlement or resolution anytime soon. They are kind of at an impasse at this point because the focus has been on custody; nothing else has been hashed out yet.”
Neither can agree: Both adults are keen on “working out the details of the divorce,” but have been “unable to reach an agreement that they are both happy about.”
Brad spending time with the kids this summer: “Brad has been spending some time with the children this summer but he would like to be able to spend more time with them,” the insider shared. “He really enjoys the time that he gets to spend with them.” The former Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-stars have tried to keep things civil but “things with Angelina have been strained as they work things out.”
The rest of the story is full of factual errors and strange extrapolations on what we know for sure. We know for sure that up until this summer, Brad was only seeing the kids under supervision, and he wasn’t seeing that much of them. We also know that the big fight has been about custody, of course, but I think it’s extremely weird that this “insider” claims that Brad and Angelina haven’t even worked out anything financial thus far. It was always clear that Angelina never really gave a crap about Brad’s money – she was never going to “take him to the cleaners” in their divorce, and before and during their marriage, they kept their financial stuff pretty separate. What’s the deal? Is the custodial battle masking a different fight about money? Eh. This is so weird. And we’re going to be hearing more about it for months to come, apparently.
Photos courtesy of WENN.