The world watched on as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had a sordid affair. The two met on the set of the film, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. It was clear from the start that the two actors had chemistry. There was just one problem - Brad was married to Jennifer Anniston at the time. That didn’t stop Angelina and Brad, though. He divorced Jen, and the rest is history.
Before long, photos surfaced of Brad and Angelina frolicking on a secret beach with her adopted son Maddox. After that, it became a whirlwind of babies, adoptions, red carpet appearances, and eventually, a wedding. From the outside looking in, these two had hit the jackpot. They have six children together - Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax, Vivien, and Knox. They became a jet-setting family and they were often seen traveling the world and walking through various airports.
What looked perfect from the outside, turned out to be a marriage that was torn apart by different parenting styles. Brad and Angelina started having screaming fights over how to raise the children. Then, there was that fateful fight on the private jet, where Brad lost control and had an altercation with Maddox. Angelina filed for divorce soon after. The truth is slowly trickling out about what went wrong with Brangelina. Please enjoy this list of 15 unsettling facts about the Jolie-Pitt family.
15 The Infamous Plane Flight
Sources say that Angelina ended her marriage to Brad when things got heated during a flight in a private jet. On September 14, 2016 the entire Jolie-Pitt family boarded a flight from France to Los Angeles. Brad drank too much and a fight erupted between him and Angelina. Their oldest son, Maddox, stepped in to protect mom, and that’s when things got out of hand.
An insider told People Magazine, “There was a parent-child argument which was not handled in the right way and escalated more than it should have.” The source says Pitt did not hurt his son. “He is emphatic that it did not reach the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed. He did not hit his child in the face in any way. He did not do that; he is emphatic about that.”
14 Living In Chaos
Angelina has primary custody of the kids since the devastating divorce from Brad and insiders say that the children have been completely out of control. Shiloh and Vivien were snapped by the paparazzi looking unkempt and walking barefoot in a Target parking lot. That seems to be the least of their problems though, as a source told In Touch that life without Brad around to be the enforcer has fallen into complete chaos.
It appears that the children are given very few limits and it’s taking a toll. "Food and water fights and soccer games in the house remain the norm," a source told In Touch. "Angelina has no clue what she is doing”, they continued, "The kids have been very openly defiant and unmanageable when it comes to tutors and nannies.”
13 Brad's Drinking Problem
In his first interview since the separation, Brad sat down with GQ Magazine and opened up about the role drinking played in the demise of his marriage. When asked about his relationship with alcohol, he was surprisingly candid. “I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground”. Pitt continued, “I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good.”
He had given up drugs but still hit the bottle pretty hard.” I mean I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family.” Pitt shared, "But even this last year, you know — things I wasn’t dealing with. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem.”
12 An FBI Investigation
During the alleged incident on the private jet between Brad and Maddox, the authorities were alerted by an anonymous source claiming that Pitt had lost his temper in front of his six children. Reports surfaced that Pitt has lunged at his teenage son in a fit of drunken rage. This led the FBI to conduct a thorough investigation into child abuse claims. After extensive interviews, Pitt was cleared and no charges were filed against him.
“In response to allegations made following a flight within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States which landed in Los Angeles carrying Mr Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI has conducted a review of the circumstances and will not pursue further investigation,” said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles field office.
11 Work Got In The Way
There is no doubt that Brad and Angelina are both mega superstars in their own right. Each of them have been cast in major films. Not to mention that they produce and even direct films. It seems that their busy schedules took time away from the kids and each other. The couple worked hard to take turns scheduling filming but the workload played a key role when things fell apart.
Brad admitted in his GQ Magazine interview that his head wasn’t in the right place when it came to fatherhood. “Kids are so delicate. They absorb everything”, Pitt said. “They need to have their hand held and things explained. They need to be listened to. When I get in that busy work mode, I'm not hearing. I want to be better at that.”
10 The Kids Have Locked Out Brad
Witnesses saw Brad’s estranged family make a very telling move while they were vacationing in Paris, France. Angelina, along with her six kids, Shiloh, Pax, Maddox, Zahara, Vivien, and Knox, were spotted on a bridge that overlooks the River Siene. Tourists and locals write messages on pad locks and affix them to the Pont des Arts bridge.
Photographs surfaced of Shiloh placing a lock on the bridge with the first initial of every family member with the word “Family” and a heart engraved on the bottom. There was just one problem. The letter “B” for Brad was noticeably missing from the tribute. Shiloh placed the lock and threw the key into the river. This one move shows just how distant the children have become from their dad since their parents separated.
9 Screaming Fights
Another issue that strained Angelina and Brad’s marriage was disagreements on how to raise their children. It was such a bone of contention that they would have screaming fights about it. Brad grew up in a strict family and Angelina wanted him to be more lenient on the kids. A source close the family spoke with Us Weekly.
“Brad wants them to have a normal upbringing and worries that they’ll come out spoiled, elitist and not grounded,” the source said. “But Angie feels they should be ‘children of the world.’ They argue about it all the time: heated, screaming fights.” The source went on to say that Brad had to play bad cop often and would yell at the children. “She would not tolerate him yelling at the kids.” They continued. “There were a few times Angie said she was terrified."
8 Angelina's Health Issues
Angelina has been dealing with a barrage of health problems dating back to 2013. She underwent a preventive double mastectomy to protect herself from an aggressive cancer that took the lives of many women in her family. Two years later, she had her ovaries removed in another preventative surgery.
Angelina later revealed in an interview for Vanity Magazine that she had been diagnosed with even more health issues since her split from Brad. She suffers from hypertension and Bell’s palsy, a disease that causes weakness in facial muscles that can cause drooping on one side of the face. She also shared that she was undergoing acupuncture to manage the Bell’s palsy. About her health scares, Jolie said, he "Sometimes women in families put themselves last...until it manifests itself in their own health."
7 Travel Became Too Much
Another issue that plagued Brad and Angelina’s relationship was the fact that the children traveled so often. The entire family was often shuffled from one of their 4 mansions or traveled with their parents onto the set of films. They also went on globe-trotting adventures often. The entire clan could often be seen walking in a huddle through various airports.
Sources told Us Weekly that Brad wanted the children to enroll in a school in New Orleans so that they could settle down and have some sense of normalcy. Angelina firmly believed that the kids should be home-schooled so that they would be free to travel and see the world. Jolie explained to NBC News in 2011, “I’m trying to raise [the children] to … really live a truly global [life]."
6 The Children Are Dealing With Trauma
It could not have been easy for the Jolie-Pitt children to be on that private jet when things took a nasty turn between Brad and Angelina. You know that it had to of been an explosive fight if the authorities were called. Angelina spoke with Vanity Fair about how the kids are coping in the aftermath.
“It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air. [This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family,” she says. “The kids have “been very brave. They were very brave,” Jolie adds. “We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing . . . They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some...from life, from things in life.”
5 Angelina Isn't A Natural Homemaker
Angelina has not been known for being a strict mother and with Brad gone, she is having to push herself into taking on the role of a lifetime: mom. She discussed the challenges of being a single mom with Vanity Fair. “I’ve been trying for nine months to be really good at just being a homemaker and picking up dog poop and cleaning dishes and reading bedtime stories.” Jolie shared. “And I’m getting better at all three.”
When asked if she would be taking on any directing jobs soon, she expressed wanting to be the best homemaker she could possibly be. “I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house. That’s my passion. As I go to sleep at night, I think, Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day?”
4 Nanny Problems
Angelina had a major nanny issue when she caught the hired help flirting with Brad. The couple were reportedly already struggling with their marriage when the kid’s aide got a little bit too close for Angelina’s liking. An inside source spoke with radar on line and dished all the juicy details.
“She noticed the nanny was always at the pool when Brad was there,” the source said. “Her paranoia grew even further when she saw him fresh out of the shower wrapped in just a towel, getting some juice while the nanny was also in the kitchen with a big smile on her face.” Angie couldn’t take it anymore and confronted the nanny about her flirtatious ways. The two got in a screaming match and Angie fired her on the spot.
3 No Rules
According to inside sources, the Jolie-Pitt kids have no rules or boundaries placed on them. Angelina is very lax when it comes to discipline and that played a huge role in the downfall of her marriage to Brad. She gives them all the freedom to express themselves and the results end in some pretty destructive behavior.
A source close to the family spoke with In Touch about the disturbing details of what goes on behind closed doors. "They express themselves by scribbling and coloring on the walls," the source explained. They went on to say that Brad and Angelina’s $60 million estate in France was reportedly ruined by damage done when children used crayons. The source dished, "Crews came in to repair the damage. So the next time they came back, it would be in pristine condition."
2 Worried About Mom
There is no doubting that Angelina has had her hands full as of late. She been juggling everything from the divorce, to dealing with be a single mom, to managing various health issues. The entire family is having to adjust to life without Brad but it has been really hard on Angie. An insider spoke with Hollywood Life and expressed that the Jolie-Pitt children are worried about their mom. It seems like her oldest son, Maddox, is the one who is struggling the most.
“All of the kids are worried about her — Maddox particularly.” The source said. “He’s assumed the role of ‘man of the house’ now Brad [Pitt] is no longer there. Maddox is constantly trying to get his mom to cheer up and live a healthy, happy life.”
1 A Drawn-Out Divorce
Angelina and Brad’s divorce is dragging on and even hit stall as early as last week. Their separation began in September of 2016 and she filed for divorce shortly after the unfortunate fight on the private jet. Since then, there’s been numerous investigations into abuse claims against Brad. Since he was cleared, it seems like they would be ready to reach a settlement.
Not so fast, a source told In Touch. “They had been diligently going along privately and amicably, trying to keep the focus on the family,” an insider said. “But suddenly, Angelina reversed course when she felt that Brad was pushing too hard to resolve the situation to his benefit.” The source continued, “They've been working ever since to come to some kind of agreement, which is no easy feat with six children involved.”
Sources: people.com, lifeandstylemag.com, gq.com, usmagazine.com, radaronline.com, usmagazine.com, hollywoodlife.com, inquisitr.com, intouchweekly.com