There was once a time when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — affectionately known as Brangelina — were the number one power couple in Hollywood. No one can forget the rocky road this couple started out on. Brad was still married to his now-ex-wife Jennifer Aniston when he met Angelina on the Set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The pair apparently started romancing each other as soon as they met, and it wasn’t long before Brad announced he was leaving Jen for Angie.
Shortly after, the couple welcomed their first biological child, daughter Shiloh. Brad adopted Angelina’s three children, sons Maddox and Pax and daughter Zahara. In 2008, two years after Shiloh’s birth, the famous couple welcomed a set of twins; daughter Vivienne and son Knox. The pair eventually tied the knot in 2014 after nearly a decade together. It seemed like Brad and Angie finally got their happily ever after thanks to their lavish lifestyle and happy brood of kids.
However, Brangelina came crashing down in 2016 when the actors announced they were divorcing. No reason was given for their split, and most fans agree that it came out of nowhere. While Brad and Angie still haven’t publicly addressed their break-up, there has been tons of speculation regarding the real reason behind their divorce. Check out these 20 secrets that have come to life since Brangelina went to splitsville!
20 They Still Haven’t Worked Out Custody
Almost as soon as Brangelina announced their break-up began the allegations that they were also feuding over custody. Everything from Brad’s ability to parent to Angelina’s desire to keep him away from the kids was brought up in the tabloids. Though we haven’t heard as much about their custody battle over their six kids, recent sources say things are just as unresolved as ever. “There is no truce,” a source told US Weekly, adding Angie wants primary custody.
“Angie is extremely hard to deal with, period. She wants what she wants, and no one is going to tell her otherwise.”
They added, “Angie is once again doing things that are interfering with Brad’s custodial time with the children.”
19 The Kids Asked To Live With Their Uncle
Angelina and Brad painted the picture perfect family from the outside, so it’s surprising for fans to hear that the Jolie-Pitt children aren’t always happy-go-lucky. Unsurprisingly, their parents’ divorce has taken a huge toll on them — so much so, that the tabloids have reported the kids once asked if they could live with their uncle!
Back in 2016, right after the divorce news broke, Hollywood Life reported that the six kids asked their parents to live with Angelina’s brother, James. “[The kids] are beginning to ask if they can live with Uncle James or any other relative,” a source told the magazine. “They just want to be normal like their friends.”
18 Angie Is Worried He Might Be Dating
Even though this power couple has been split up for two years, it sounds like there might be unresolved feelings between them. Specifically, sources recently said Angelina has been upset over rumours that suggest Brad might be dating again. “Angelina is rocked by the rumours of Brad dating someone new,” an insider spilled to Hollywood Life this October.
“She does not like to hear about it and would rather not know about Brad’s personal life after their split.”
If Angie is jealous he could be dating a new gal, then it sounds like she’ isn’t completely over their split. Could she be hoping for a reunion, instead?
17 Brad’s Personal Issues Were A Problem
Following the couple’s split, it was revealed that Brad’s bad habits contributed to their divorce. “[Drinking] was not just a huge part of his life, but in recent years, Brad was boozing every night, drinking himself into oblivion,” a source told In Touch in 2017.
They continued, “It was out of control — worse than anyone could imagine. Brad would begin drinking around dinner and wouldn’t stop until long after the kids went to bed. He would eventually pass out around 3 a.m. and not wake up until around noon. Often he was massively hung over.” Brad has since revealed that he’s gotten sober as a single man.
16 Angie Says Brad Refuses To Pay Child Support
Since their separation, Brad and Angelina’s children have been living full-time with their mother, even going months at a time without seeing their dad (according to media headlines, that is).
It turns out, Angelina has been trying to get Brad to pay child support to help out with their kids, but the actress’ legal representation says he’s been refusing to pay it.
“Angelina is asking Brad to pay 50 percent of the children’s expenses. He has not. Angelina has had to shoulder the majority of those without his contribution for the past two years,”
Samantha Bley DeJean of the Law Offices of Bley and Bley said in a statement, Us Weekly reports. “Child support is not optional in California. It looks like these two will be taking the conflict to court.
15 Brad Turned To His Other Ex-Wife For Support
No one can forget how Brad Pitt infamously left his then-wife Jennifer Aniston for his co-star, Angelina Jolie, after media outlets said the pair had been seeing each other secretly for some time.
Though things have seemed definitely over between Jen and Brad given how things ended, there was speculation that the two were in contact following his split from Angelina. One source told In Touch that Brad was relying on Jennifer for support.
"[He] wants and needs Jen in his life, especially during this trying time,” the insider said in mid-2017.
But, back then, Jen was still married to actor Justin Theroux, and the source said Brad didn’t want to disrupt that. "Brad wouldn't dream of breaking up Jen's marriage. Brad's leaning on her as a confidante now. His renewed friendship with Jen has been a huge source of support and comfort through the toughest year of his life,” the explained.
14 Jennifer Aniston Reached Out To Angie
After the infamous love triangle between Angeline, Brad, and his ex wife Jennifer Aniston, no one expected these to ladies to be on speaking terms. But Jen supposedly wanted to change that after Brangelina’s divorce, as media outlets reported she reached out to Angie to see if she wanted to meet up.
"Jen thought the time was right to sit down with Angelina. She was wrong,"
a source told In Touch weekly, explaining that Angie had turned down Jen’s invitation to grab dinner. “Angelina said she didn’t owe her an apology,” the insider continued, adding that any sort of meet-up between the two ladies would be “awkward.”
13 Angie Has Already Been In Other Relationships
Although the news is just beginning to circulate that Brad may have started dating again, many fans forget that Angelina has had a few relationships since their divorce news. Most notably, it was reported this past May that the actress had been secretly dating a much older real estate agent.
"Brad and Angie are both very secretive about their dating life. Angie has told some friends she isn't ready to date, but she has been seeing a handsome, older-looking man who is a real estate agent,"
an insider dished to Entertainment Tonight ."He isn't a celebrity or high profile in any way." We wonder if this relationship is still going strong or if it’s fizzled out!
12 Brad And His Co-Star
Back in 2016, when the famous couple first announced their divorce, the media began speculating that Brad had been unfaithful with his Allied co-star, Marion Cotillard, which then led to his and Angie’s split.
“[Angelina] hired a private eye because she felt that he was fooling around with her on the set, and it turns out, he was. And that was the final straw,’’ once source said at the time, Page Six reports. “He’s in the throes of some insane midlife crisis, and Angie is fed up,” the insider continued, adding Brad was also partying hard.
11 Brad Got Into A Fight With His Son
Many fans were taken aback by Brad and Angelina’s divorce announcement, claiming it was a huge surprise. But it didn’t take long for media outlets to begin reporting what supposed the cataclysmic incident was that led to their separation — and boy was it dramatic!
Media headlines began claiming that Brad had gotten into a physical row with his and Angie’s 15-year old son, Maddox. Tabloids also said the actor was intoxicated at the time. The Sun reported that Brad “made contact” with his son as the teen stepped in between his mother and father during an argument. All of this took place on the family’s private jet while up in their air.
The incident prompted Angelina to file for divorce shortly after, and also stemmed an investigation by the FBI, though Brad was later cleared of any wrongdoing.
10 Brad Was Investigated
After the news began circulating that Brad had supposedly gotten into a mid-air fight with his eldest son, the FBI took interest in him and launched an investigation.
“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,” the FBI revealed in a statement, US Weeklyreported. “No charges have been filed in this matter.”
Ultimately, Brad was cleared of any wrongdoing, although it remains unclear exactly what took place during that private jet flight.
9 Brad Regrets Letting Angie Ruin His First Marriage
While everyone thought it was happily ever after for Brad after he left his then-wife Jennifer Aniston for his co-star Angelina Jolie, clearly the actor is re-thinking things. Now that things haven’t worked out with Angie, sources say Brad is coming to regret out things panned out in his first marriage, and he’s even talked to Jen about it! Alongside reports that Brad had turned to Jen for emotional support following his divorce news, some sources suggested he was also trying to make up for all the wrong he did to Jen.
"Brad flat-out apologized for all the heartache and pain he caused by leaving her for Angelina,"
an insider told In Touch, adding that the father-of-six admits his problems were partly to blame. "He came off as genuinely sorry and Jen was deeply touched. She was completely won over."
8 Angelina Can’t Control The Kids By Herself
Angelina is evidently having a tough time adjusting to being a single mother. Several sources have come forward saying the famous mama has trouble enforcing rules in her household, and for the most part, the kids just run free.
“It's not uncommon for all of the kids to be up past midnight during the week, eating sugary snacks and soda,”
an insider told In Touch days after Angie’s daughters, Shiloh and Vivienne, were photographed walking barefoot and unkempt in a Target parking lot. "They go to bed very, very late and end up sleeping in very late the next day,” the source continued, adding Brad is concerned about Angie’s parenting abilities.
7 The Kids Aren’t Okay
Looking from the outside in, it appears like the Jolie-Pitt kids are handling their family’s drama like little troopers. But sources admit that the dissolution of their parents’ marriage has hit the children harder than they’ve let on. Back in 2016, Hollywood Life reported that Angelina was struggling to console her brood of children after they moved out of their family home.
“Angelina Jolie has been struggling with keeping the kids happy,”
the source explained. “The children are sad, miss the huge house they grew up in, and have been complaining to Angelina that they want to go home.” They continued, “The older children are not happy with the situation while the younger kids are having trouble understanding why they can’t just go home.”
6 Angelina Is Beginning To Regret The Split
Although sources previously claimed that Angelina was the one who initiated her and Brad’s divorce, other insiders say that the actress is now starting to regret her hasty decision. It sounds like the realities of being a single mom who also works full-time are catching up to her.
“She never imagined she would be in her 40s with three failed marriages and a single parent to 6 kids,”
one source told Hollywood Life, referring to the couple’s six children. “She often fights back feeling [overcome] with her life and all of her daily responsibilities. It was a lot easier when she had Brad’s help daily and so she misses him dearly right now.”
5 Brad Doesn’t Think Angie Educates The Kids Properly
Since their split, reports have suggested that Brad is unhappy with the way Angelina is parenting their six children, as she has them full-time for the most part. Specifically, the actor is supposedly concerned over the quality of education the kids are receiving through Angie’s homeschooling set-up.
“He’s troubled that they are not getting enough basic education from home tutors, whom the kids know how to con and manipulate,”
a source dished to In Touch.“One of Brad’s biggest bones of contention with Angelina remains his wanting the kids in structured private schools. He knows they are smart, loving children, but he doesn’t want to see them become lost individuals later on in life.”
4 Angie Prevented Brad From Seeing The Kids
Although Brad and Angelina have still yet to work out custody, things aren’t nearly as bad as they were when the couple first announced their split. In 2016 and 2017, rumours were floating around that suggested Angelina was keeping the kids from their dad.
“Angelina created a very difficult situation for Brad and the children and she has finally realized her behaviour backfired," a source told Entertainment Tonight, adding that the celeb has since worked out a schedule to ensure the kids see Brad.
“She started to see a change in the kids' behaviour because they missed their dad," they continued. "The kids' reaction to the divorce actually helped Angie try a different tact."
3 Brad May Not Have Been Dad Of The Year
Everyone was shocked when the reports that Brad got into an altercation with his eldest son began circulating. But it didn’t take long for fans to begin wondering if this meant Brad mistreated all of his kids. It wasn’t long before an FBI investigation into Brad was publicly announced, fuelling the speculation.
In the end, the investigation cleared the father of six of any wrongdoing. Sources at the time also denounced the rumours. “They always had disagreements when it came to disciplining the kids,” a source told People Magazine, Hollywood Life reports.
“He has wanted the kids to have more structure. Brad will get frustrated sometimes and yell at the kids.”
But the insider was adamant that Brad had never mistreated any of his kids, and the accusations are ridiculous.
2 She Didn’t Let Him Have The Kids For The Holidays
Holidays are a tricky time for co-parenting, and Angelina and Brad are no exceptions. This time last year, reports said that the couple were having a difficult time working out plans for Thanksgiving. Though Brad wanted to spend time with his his brood, Angie evidently wanted to go somewhere international.
“Angie never gets back to Brad in a timely manner and lately, they have been only talking through assistants,”
a source said to Hollywood Life.“The entire holiday schedule has become a tense negotiation between the pair. Angie wants to take the kids out of the country for some of the holidays and Brad is still trying to finalize plans for turkey.” Hopefully things will go smoother this time around!
1 Brad And Angie Still Secretly Meet Up
Despite the animosity between these former lovers, it turns out they can’t help but meet up face-to-face every so often. Just this past September, Entertainment Tonight reported the exes had been arranging secret meetings out of the spotlight and away from their kids. "Brad and Angelina actually set up a secret meeting at her house," the insider explained.
"It’s the first time they have truly gotten together to make things work since their group therapy with the children. Brad and Angie’s meeting was a success. They are going to stay with the plan set forth through the courts."
It’s unclear if the two were meeting up to discuss reconciliation or only co-parenting, but it’s good to see them actually getting along for once.