Did Brad Pitt skip the BAFTAs because Maddox sought out a meeting?

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Both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio were absent from Sunday night’s BAFTAs. Quentin Tarantino and Margot Robbie were the only ones there representing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and QT did not look happy about it at all, perhaps because his “It’s my time to win the big prizes” Oscar campaign has been completely overshadowed by Parasite’s late-surge momentum (and honestly, Parasite is just a better film). Anyway, it felt notable that both Leo and Brad skipped the BAFTAs, even if they knew that momentum had swung away from OUATIH. Brad was apparently scheduled to attend, because he’s a sure-thing for Best Supporting Actor and he probably knew that he would win the BAFTA. But he pulled out at the last minute citing “family obligations” and left Margot Robbie to deliver his hacky, jokey speech. It seemed strange. But here’s one “explanation” via an exclusive in The Sun:

Brad Pitt’s absence from the Baftas was the talking point of the night, and not just because of his brilliant acceptance speech. At the last minute Brad pulled out of the ceremony, with his representatives citing a “family obligation”. And I can ­exclusively reveal the family member Brad was referring to was his 18-year-old eldest son Maddox, from his marriage to Angelina Jolie.

The pair’s relationship broke down in 2016 following a major row on a private jet flight, which saw the FBI investigate Brad over claims he had been “physically abusive” towards Maddox. He was cleared and, with the help of Angelina, Brad has tried desperately to put his relationship with ­Maddox right. So when he was given a last-minute opportunity to do just that, he jumped at it.

A friend of Brad’s said: “Maddox gave Brad the chance to talk and he dropped ­everything. Being a father is the most important thing in his life and he would do anything to repair their relationship. Maddox has been away at university so when Brad found out he was going to be around and they could have a conversation, he cancelled the UK trip.”

Brad was noticeably absent when Angelina, who split with him in 2016, dropped off Maddox at Yonsei University in South Korea last year.

[From The Sun]

Did you know that today is the final day for Oscar voting? Weird huh. It’s almost as if all of the Oscar strategists Brad Pitt clearly hired told him that he was a sure thing, but maybe some voters still had qualms about the fact that he terrorized his children on a plane and it was so bad that his two oldest sons refuse to speak to him or acknowledge him three years later. I mean, it could be true. But I feel like… Maddox is in South Korea, going to college and studying. Why would he suddenly call Brad and ask to speak at this moment.

When I first heard the family obligation/emergency/whatever story, I honestly wondered if it was something about his family in Missouri. My second guess is that it was something involving Angelina and the younger kids, because I think Angelina is still filming The Eternals in England, and we don’t know if Brad actually flew to England or what. I kind of wonder if it was like “Vivienne has a cold and Brad volunteered to look after her while Angelina worked” or something.

Or maybe “family obligation” was some kind of code for “wig emergency.” Wig fam is the only true fam.

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  1. brinibini says:

    IF that actually happened (and I highly doubt that) then Maddox probably told him to stop making jokes about his mom.

  2. Me Again says:

    What’s that smell? I guess I need to check the bottom of my shoe.

  3. Chisey says:

    You know I hope it’s true. I like the idea that a father would drop everything, including part of his Oscar campaign, to try and make things right with his kids. Maybe I’m being played by the PR machine, but hope springs eternal. Since Maddox is in school in S Korea maybe they have a long school break after the lunar new year, who knows

    • Tashiro says:

      Agree, if they have a chance to work on the relationship I think it’s great for both of them.

    • Lady D says:

      Even if Maddox reached out, he should have kept it to himself instead of using the kid for an excuse to look like a caring father. He just doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut.

      • Oliviajoy1995 says:

        Brad said he had “family obligations” he didn’t mention Maddox at all. It was “a friend” who said it was because of Maddox.

  4. Jane says:

    Did you guys see the NYT feature in the weekend? The Mythical Beauty of Brad Pitt. I like him and even I sideeyed that one.

    • sue denim says:

      I did and could absolutely not believe the author — Manohla Dargis, a woman film critic, long in the industry, missing not just the plane incident, or the MIR issues, but also the awfulness of QT and the misogyny of the film BP is nominated for. It was like she took a time capsule and wrote from late 90s US… I really found it upsetting, and the commenters mainly echoed her adoration. Can you imagine if this were a woman we were talking about…??? Yeah, it’s crazy-making…

  5. Snappyfish says:

    Such a POS this one. This is to make sure he wins an acting Oscar. I don’t believe this has anything to do about Maddox. Mainly because the older the children get they more they turn away from him. The telling will be when Shiloh turns the age in CA when children can decide if they wish to visit a parent

  6. Green_Eyes says:

    Wow I am getting early Keith Richards vibes from that last photo of Brad. I

  7. Deanne says:

    Is there literally no low to which this egomaniacal jerk will sink in his quest for an Oscar? He’s done nothing but insult Maddox’s Mother, throw her under the bus, attempt to vilify her in every way and the recent Jennifer Aniston BS was the pathetic icing on the cake. Now this attention seeking, self serving, remorseless, bitter fool is trying to claim he dropped everything for his son? Sure Brad. If it did happen, Maddox probable told him to STFU about his Mother.

  8. TIFFANY says:

    I vote Wig Fam.

    Or ‘ Touch up with Dermatologist’ Fam.

  9. I'm that person says:

    God, just give him that f***ing Oscar so that we are finally rid of his BS.

  10. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Are y’all still on this wig thing? As someone who wears wigs EVERY DAY I feel I can say with a decent amount of authority and experience that he isn’t wearing a wig! Lol. Let it go. He just has really bad dye job and needs to stop dyeing his hair that heinous shade of blonde.

    Anyway – this story is BS. Please give Brad his Oscar so he can bugger off and we don’t have to see or hear about him anymore.

  11. Mary says:

    Fake news

  12. Jamie says:

    I seriously doubt the incident with Maddox would affect Brad’s Oscar campaign.

    After all, this is the same lot that gave an Oscar to unrepentant sexual harasser Casey Affleck 3 years ago.

    Oscar voters don’t care.

  13. Heather says:

    Or he’s from Missouri and wanted to watch his team in the Super Bowl? When they haven’t been for years? I think it’s something as simple as that. The family excuse could be real (watching with family) or just sound better than (I wanna watch the super bowl and not in london)

  14. originalCarol says:

    He probably stayed home to watch his Kansas City Chiefs play in Superbowl lol. Course he would use his son as a cover for skipping the awards. No shame at all for this pos.

  15. Charfromdarock says:

    “ He was cleared and, with the help of Angelina, Brad has tried desperately to put his relationship with ­Maddox right. ”

    Huh. That’s a change in messaging from Angelina helping instead of being the b!tch keeping Brad from his children.

    And I finally figured out who Brad reminds me of, Thomas Hayden Church.

  16. Jessica says:

    That hair is giving me strong John Travolta vibes. Wig or not, that is not a good thing.

  17. kerwood says:

    So Brad skips the BAFTA’s because family is sooooooooo important to him but then gives his substitute a speech which makes jokes about the dissolution of his familyI I don’t buy it.

    Maddox grew up in an acting family. His mother is an Academy Award winner. He knows the deal. Maddox isn’t going to make his father miss an award show, especially since his father is beating thirst records set by his pal Leo.

    And on the last day of Academy voting, American actor Brad Pitt is going to THE SUN with an exclusive ? Successfully driving the Sussex family out of England has given the tabloids a false sense of their importance in the world. If Pitt has news like this, he’s going to the Hollywood Reporter or Variety. If he wants to go the tabloid route, he’s going to the NY Post. He’s not giving a story like THIS to a paper that most people wouldn’t use to wipe their dog’s ass and most Americans have never even heard of.

    • Agree. I think Kaiser’s right and the last day of academy voting and Brad meeting Maddox leak has a definite odor. Weird though that the story is in a British paper and not a big entertainment industry publication. Wish I wasn’t that jaded, hope I’m wrong (because father/son relationship important) — but I’m sadly, just not buying it.

  18. AnnaKist says:

    The face. The hair. Your 20s and 30s have long gone, mate. Time to let them go.

  19. Dulce says:

    There is really nothing Brad will not do for that Oscar?? 😐 The way he has treated his family for good PR and the Oscar is really pathetic!!

    • Lady D says:

      Look at me doing the right thing for brownie points and attention. As long as everyone thinks he’ll drop everything and anything for his kids, they will cheer the hero and feel sorry for him that he has to run around the world to be with his kid.

  20. SM says:

    Campaigning hard, I see. Using Margot, using family, anything for that golden statue. Given he is so lazy, he can’t even write a speech for himself for this extraordinary recognition he craves so much, he should at least order a better wig for it.

  21. NewKay says:

    What did he do to his face? He’s morphing into Jennifer Anniston

  22. Laura-j says:

    Brad shows up with a kid or Angelina at the Oscars… now that would be good gossip!

  23. Nibbi says:

    He has aged so incredibly much in just the past two years.
    (Not that I realllly feel we should come down hard on celebrities or anyone else for simply existing through the passage of time… but I’m tired of his “golden boy” status, his “heartthrob” status, his pass for anything & everything… I guess I’m just looking for some kinda schadenfreude. He’s losing his appeal in more ways than one.)

  24. JoJo says:

    The Sun? LMAO

  25. sue denim says:

    btw I use “family responsibility” sometimes when I just really want to get out of something. I reason that if I had an actual kid who needed to do something, I’d get a free pass, so I figure my inner child counts too… haha

  26. Amelie says:

    It sounds too good to be true, Brad dropping everything because Maddox reached out to him? Couldn’t they Skype or FaceTime if Maddox is at college in South Korea? What could be so important for Brad to miss the BAFTAs, even if Maddox did reach out to him while visiting in LA? It just seems weird Maddox would reach out to him right before he appeared at the BAFTAs, surely something he would know about. The only scenario I envision Brad dropping and not showing up is 1) if he’s too ill 2) there was something seriously wrong with one of his kids (including Maddox), like a kid in mortal danger or seriously ill (I prefer to believe Brad would drop everything if something happened to one of his kids even if he’s not on the best terms with them) 3) something serious happened to his immediate family from Missouri (his parents/sibling) 4) something serious happened to Angelina (he’d want to be there for his kids I assume). But who knows, I do hope everyone is okay, his kids/Angelina/his family included.

    • Michelle says:

      He watched the superbowl. The rest is BS from his publicity team.

      • jade says:

        Brad was already in London prior to Bafta. There was a tweet that he had dinner at a fancy london restaurant 2 days before the event, he could have left the night before back to LA.

  27. TrustMe says:

    Hang on I though Brad Pitt said he is so very PRIVATE? Then how come he is selling Maddox out to the Sun media w8olves, on the last date of Oscar Voting?

  28. Alyse says:

    On the plus side of this PR (whether true or not) at least it said AJ helped facilitate – not trying to paint her as some obstacle

  29. Sarah says:

    Such a loser and a disgrace using his son’s name whom he hit in the face or was it shoulder when he was a minor. Now he wants votes to win ,he’s stooped so low to use the poor victims name for his own selfish image .

  30. Lara says:

    I don’t like Brad and I’m sure Angelina has a handle on this, but my first thought re Maddox in South Korea was coronavirus. Maybe the call was something along the lines of an evacuation on Brad’s private plane. It doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility that Angelina might have requested this of Brad, who has the time, resources and no children in his custody who could be endangered going close to China.

  31. Kay says:

    He is morphing into his daughter Viv. They look so similar.