In November, Us Weekly ran a very curious cover story about Brad Pitt. He apparently “can’t move on” from… Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston. According to their sources, Brad and Jen are “just friends” and nothing more at this point, but Brad is still haunted by Jolie. He still feels like he has “a huge cloud hanging over him” because of the still-unfinished divorce. Part of Brad’s ennui was likely because Angelina scored several legal and financial victories this year, having finally sold off her half of Chateau Miraval and successfully getting a biased family judge removed from her divorce case. Now that Brad has officially taken L after L, he’s now hoping that at some point, he and Angelina can bury the hatchet. Tell that to your goons, Brad.
Trying to move on. Brad Pitt doesn’t want his relationship with ex-wife Angelina Jolie to stay as icy as it’s been, a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.
“Brad hopes that one day he and Angelina find a way to forgive each other and move forward, for the kids’ sakes if nothing else,” the source says of the Moneyball actor, 57, and the Maleficent star, 46. “He hates all the bad blood.”
Earlier this year, Us confirmed that a judge ruled in favor of Pitt sharing custody with Jolie, but the actress was not happy with the decision. “She will never forgive him,” an insider told Us in June. “She maintains it’s far from over and still believes that justice will prevail.” Later in the summer, the Salt star succeeded in having Judge John Ouderkerk removed from the custody case. The Oscar winner had been fighting to have him taken off the case since August 2020, claiming that the judge failed to disclose “ongoing business and professional relationships” with Pitt and his legal team.
The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star, however, was unfazed by Ouderkerk’s removal. “The appeals court ruling was based on a technical procedural issue. The facts haven’t changed,” a spokesperson for the actor told Us in a statement in July. “There is an extraordinary amount of factual evidence which led the judge — and the many experts who testified — to reach their clear conclusion about what is in the children’s best interests.”
While he continues to hammer out the details of his divorce from Jolie, the Oklahoma native isn’t thinking too much about moving on with someone else.
“Brad would love to date again, then find that special someone to be with long-term,” the first insider explains, adding that he “hates the process” of dating in the public eye. “He is focused on his family, charities and work right now.”
You’re supposed to come away from this story feeling like Angelina Jolie is a vindictive villainess who got a Pitt-favorable ruling thrown out on a technicality out of spite. You’re supposed to come away from it feeling like Brad is conciliatory and Angelina is not, that Angelina is the one nursing an unreasonable grudge against Brad. All evidence to the contrary, huh? Angelina exposed Brad and his legal team’s unethical dealings with Judge Ouderkirk. Angelina is the one with the great relationships with the kids. Angelina is the one who got out of Miraval with a massive profit. She’s also the one dating and spending time with men who treat her well (The Weeknd and Jonny Lee Miller). All while Brad grumps around.
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