When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie broke up, it shocked the world. This is the relationship that everyone thought was going to go the distance. After all, Pitt seemingly gave up Jennifer Aniston to be with Jolie- not to mention the fact that the two shared six children together. But after the split, it came to light that their relationship wasn’t all they claimed it was, and it appeared as if Pitt thought his relationship with Jolie was a nightmare.
Now that the two have separated, it seems as if Brad has never been better. It’s always disappointing after a breakup when you see your ex doing so much better without you. It kind of hurts the heart a little. Were you dragging the person down? We have to wonder about what is going through Angie's mind when she sees her ex flourishing despite the fact that they broke up.
So, what has Pitt been up to since the breakup? There has been a lot going on: new relationships, new movies, and Pitt has claimed that he’s never been happier. Ouch. Want to know more? Check out these 20 ways Brad Pitt is keeping busy since his split from Jolie.
20 He’s Back In The Dating Game
It was bound to happen. Brad’s gorgeous despite the fact that he’s about to be a 55-year-old man. He’s handsome, rich, and apparently quite charming, so it’s no big surprise that some lucky lady is going to snap him up.
There have been plenty of rumors, but Brad has yet to settle down with one person.
And we don’t think it’s going to be Jennifer Aniston. A source told People that Pitt “has been dating a bit.” The source continued, “It’s not anything serious,” and notes that “he doesn’t have a girlfriend. It’s more of a way to get out and be social... He seems more comfortable double-dating and friends are helping out.”
19 He’s Spending A lot Of Time With Friends
He used to live a very private life, but since the split, Brad has been getting out and hanging out with friends more. Earlier this year he was spending a lot of time with Sean Penn and Bradley Cooper.
“He has made changes in his life since the split,” the source says. “When they first split he spent a lot of time at home and was often very down about what was going on. He was a homebody for many months, but in the last month or two, he’s been going out more. He enjoys going out to eat with close friends.”
18 He’s Making Promises
Brad Pitt randomly ran into actress Tiffany Haddish in an elevator and told her that if they were both single in a year, that they would go out.
It seems like a weird thing to say, but if this is true, Pitt must be feeling free again.
Haddish told Kelly Ripa in a backstage interview at the Academy Awards that Brad "said in one year if he's single and I'm single we gonna [get together]," she said, "so you know what that means." Ripa wanted to know what we all want to know, which was why wait at all? "I don't know," she said, "he told me to wait a year."
17 He’s Working With Leonardo DiCaprio
We couldn’t think of a better combination than putting Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in a movie together. The two have been filming the movie Once Upon A Time in Hollywood over the summer. The story is going to take us back to the Charles Manson murders that involved Sharon Tate. DiCaprio and Pitt are playing her neighbors- DiCaprio will be suiting up as former Western TV star Rick Dalton, while Pitt is playing his stunt double.
“Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore," the director told Variety of the characters. "But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor… Sharon Tate," played by Margot Robbie.
16 He’s Not Settling Down With Anyone
He’s been through a lot since his split beginning with Aniston and now Jolie, so Brad hasn’t been single in a really long time. So although he’s dating, he’s really not interested in settling down right now.
Sources close to Brad highlight the fact that he's not emotionally ready for another serious relationship.
"He is in no way ready to get serious with anyone," the source says. "He invites his dates over to his house and never takes women out in public. While it's been a year and a half [after their split], it still feels too soon to him."
15 He’s Learning To Play Guitar
One of the things that he’s been doing since the split is making himself into a better person. There have been a lot of changes and one of them is the urge to learn more about playing the guitar. He’s not interested in getting a full-time girlfriend, he wants to just work on himself.
"Dating hasn't been a priority because Brad wants to spend more time with the children," the source told ET. "He has been working on himself. Brad has been spending a lot of time learning to play guitar and hanging with musician friends."
14 He’s Been Dating An MIT Professor
He may not be settling down, but Brad has been linked with numerous women over the past year, including Sienna Miller. He’s also been linked to an MIT professor. We can see why he might want to date a regular lady- after all, he’s been married two very high-profile ladies and may want to avoid dating someone in the spotlight again.
In April, he was linked to Neri Oxman, someone that he could talk to about architecture and design.
Brad has apparently stated that he is “interested in spending more time” with the smart and scholarly lady.
13 He’s Fighting Zombies Again
It was recently announced that Brad Pitt is producing and starring in World War Z 2. Many people weren’t sure if the movie was even going to be made because it had been postponed once already. The first movie was amazing, so fans are sure to love the fact that another movie is going to be made.
It’s still in the early stages, but we have to wonder what it’s going to be about. The end of the first film implied that the problem had been solved. Is there going to be another life-or-death issue, or is it just showing the rebuild of a world fallen apart?
12 He’s Visiting His Kids
It’s unclear exactly how much Brad Pitt sees his children, but considering it seems like they are always photographed with Angie, we have to assume it isn’t much.
He was thrilled to see them on Father’s Day, though.
“It’s been obvious that he has been missing his kids like crazy. To live so close to them, but not seeing them often, has definitely been painful for him,” a source told People.
Custody issues are still being worked out, but at least Brad gets to see them when he can.
11 He’s Finalizing His Divorce
The divorce has not been an easy one for Brad, as Angelina has seemed to drag it out over time. There is also still the issue of the custody of their children. Many wondered if they would end up getting back together, but TMZ has reported that the divorce proceedings are going through.
Pitt is allegedly looking to change some custody items as he’s not okay with how little he is seeing his kids right now. “[Angelina and Brad] are still working out the divorce and the custody details,” a source told the publication. “Brad isn’t happy about the custody arrangement. He wants to see his kids more and struggles with not being able to. Overall, he is doing well though.”
10 He’s Living A Healthier Lifestyle
When he went to the Oscars in February, many people believed that Brad was about to come back into the spotlight.
We hadn’t seen him much prior to that, since he apparently needed some time away to make sure that he was happier and living a healthier lifestyle than when he was with Jolie.
A source told E! News that “The separation was brutal and a very sad time in his life. [Brad] made some important changes and is much better off now. He is happier and healthier. He has an active social life and has rekindled old friendships. He goes out to dinner a lot and enjoys being out doing different things.”
9 He's Focused
One of the changes that Brad made over the past two years is to stop drinking. He told GQ in a candid interview that he wanted to “strip down to the foundation and break out the mortar.” We can see why he would want to clean up his life as much as possible, especially considering the things that Jolie was accusing him of.
He had to face the embarrassment of Children’s Services getting involved in their lives, according to sources. "They had a pretty dramatic year," an insider tells E! News, "and he wants things to remain calm in the future."
8 He Has Re-Evaluated His Priorities
A divorce and breakup of a marriage is certainly something that can make you re-think your entire life.
And Pitt evidently spent a long time re-evaluating his life and the things that he wanted.
A source told E! News, “[Brad] spent a lot of time alone and in private lookin "I mean I stopped everything except [drinking] when I started my family. But even this last year, you know —things I wasn’t dealing with. I was [drinking] too much," he said. "It’s just become a problem."
7 He’s Seeing A Therapist
We are a big believer in obtaining help if you need it, and considering the very public divorce Pitt is going through, it’s not surprising that he told GQ that he was seeing a therapist. After all, even being a celebrity isn't the easiest career a man can choose.
Brad noted; "I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.” That’s part of the huge change that he has gone through- and he’s probably a better person because of it.
6 He’s Trying To Make Things Right With His Kids
We can imagine how surprising it must be for his kids who have been used to daddy Brad being around all the time.
After all, he's been there since oldest son Maddox was a recently-adopted toddler.
"It’s just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart," Pitt said. “Family first. People on their deathbeds don’t talk about what they obtained or were awarded," said Pitt. "They talk about their loved ones or their regrets." It sounds like he’s really got his priorities straight now and that’s all that matters.
5 He Spent Time At Chateau Miraval
Brad Pitt spent thanksgiving last year at Chateau Miraval, a property that he and Jolie own in France. It’s a gorgeous location and it probably provided him with a lot of solace at the time. The pair also have a local wine and oil business there that he dabbled in during his time off.
Who knows what is going to happen to the business now that they are going through divorce proceedings, though. There is a lot that’s going to have to be split between them, in addition to time with the kids and their multiple homes.
4 He Surprised Us At The Golden Globes
Last year at the Golden Globes, we were surprised with a presentation from Brad Pitt. He was there to present for Best Motion Picture, Drama and when he stepped out, the crowd went wild.
He appeared to be touched by the crowd’s reaction to him, which gave us all the feels.
Not that you could blame the crowd, since he looked amazing, especially given the circumstances. People were surprised considering he looked much younger than he was though he was skinnier than we are used to seeing. After everything he's been through, it was nice to see Brad getting a warm welcome from the public.
3 He Spent The Summer With His Kids
Allegedly, Angelina was trying to take the kids to England, but Brad asked a judge to put a stop to it. He was filming in California and wanted the kids there with him, since it is their home base.
"They worked out an agreement that was mutually acceptable," an insider tells E! News, adding Pitt "felt like he actually had a say and that the court was seeing his side of things." "He is thrilled that the summer schedule for the kids is figured out and that he will be seeing them regularly," an insider said. "He feels this is a huge victory. It's a big step and he hopes to continue getting back on track with each of the kids."
2 Fixing His Weaknesses
We are impressed at how far Brad Pitt has gone in trying to improve himself since he split from Jolie.
Brad has stated that he’s trying to work on the weaknesses that he recognizes he has.
"For me, this period has really been about looking at my weaknesses and failures and owning my side of the street," he noted in the 2017 profile. "I don't know where it comes from, this hollow quest for justice for some perceived slight. I can drill on that for days and years. It's done me no good whatsoever. It's such a silly idea, the idea that the world is fair. And this is coming from a guy who hit the lottery, I'm well aware of that. I hit the lottery, and I still would waste my time on those hollow pursuits."
1 He Got Tired Of Himself
Brad Pitt told GQ that one of the motivators for changing his life came when he realized he was growing tired of himself. “I do remember a few spots along the road where I’ve become absolutely tired of myself. And this is a big one. These moments have always been a huge generator for change," said Pitt. "I mean I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family. But even this last year, you know, things I wasn’t dealing with, I was boozing too much," he said. "It’s just become a problem."
Sources: E Online, Daily Mail UK, ET Online, Today