Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt became a symbol of the perfect couple, succeeding in their careers and marriage as they raised six children. But that golden image quickly became tarnished when news broke that Angelina had filed for divorce from Brad, with some stunned Twitter users proclaiming that love had died along with “Brangelina’s” marriage. Now a new report is revealing that Pitt was just as blindsided as those fans, and he’s struggling to pick up the pieces as he tries to figure out how to rebuild his shattered life.
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt following a fight on a private plane that allegedly included his abuse of 15-year-old Maddox, one of the couple’s six children, reported the Daily Mail, which also cited a source revealing how Brad is handling the traumatic situation.
Two weeks have passed, and Pitt, 52, is looking for ways to recoup his losses. The drama thus far has involved high profile lawyers, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Department Of Children And Family Services, and a never-ending series of accusations from both Brad’s side and his estranged wife’s team.
With Angelina, 41, for 12 years, Brad was married to her for just two years. But he reportedly never expected any relationship issues to turn into a messy divorce played out in the public spotlight, with the source describing how much it has affected him.
“[Brad] can’t believe this is what his life has become and he’s in bad shape.”
The actor, “still totally crushed” by the drama, has been crying, according to the insider. But Pitt has a strong support team helping him to survive, with his parents, friends and manager reportedly providing him with help.
“[Brad has] been leaning heavily on his family and speaks to his parents and close friends and his manager constantly. His mom has been talking to him constantly,” added the source.
Pitt’s parents, Jane and Bill Pitt, are located in Missouri. The actor also has a brother, Doug, 50, and a sister, Julie, 47. However, while Angelina is living in a rental in Malibu with physical custody of the children until October 20, Brad is remaining in Hollywood for now in his Hollywood Hills compound.
Pitt will be allowed to have a supervised visit with his children, but a therapist will be present. That therapist then has the power to determine whether supervised visits also should be part of his future relationship with his kids.
A source told Us Weekly that both Brad and his Jolie will undergo counseling individually, with family counseling sessions planned that include their youngsters. Pitt will be subjected to random, voluntary testing for drugs and alcohol. Another source revealed to Us just how much Brad cares for his children.
“[Pitt] will cooperate in whatever way he can. He loves those kids more than anything.”
Hossein Berenji, a divorce attorney who is not involved with “Brangelina’s” drama, analyzed the situation, telling Us that this gives Jolie a way to ensure the safety of the children when they are with Pitt. It also may open the door to “possibly have Brad take some responsibility for maybe certain behaviors that he’s displayed or certain characteristics.”
However, as far as Pitt is concerned, being subjected to supervision when he is with his kids is an “insult,” a source told Hollywood Life.
“He can’t stand the fact that he has to have supervised visits with his children. He’s playing along,” revealed the insider.
“[Brad] is so insulted and he can’t believe how drastically his life changed in a matter of weeks.”
But when it comes to his career and future film opportunities, the Los Angeles Times points out that celebrity divorces have become so typical that they rarely hurt Hollywood careers, even those at the center of scandals.
“I’ve never really seen where the loss of a relationship was responsible for a dip in someone’s career,” noted John Tarnoff, head of industry relations at the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College master of entertainment management program.
As for celebrities who have experienced career problems from a bad breakup, the expert contends that they “did that to themselves quite apart from the split.”
Survivors who have gone through similarly high profile romances followed by splits and still thrived include Tom Cruise of Scientology and couch-jumping fame; Michael Douglas and Harrison Ford, whose divorces cost them millions in settlements; and Woody Allen, who had an affair with the adopted daughter of his girlfriend Mia Farrow. Mia and Woody subsequently split, and Allen tied the knot with Soon-Yi Previn in 1997.
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