The ghost of Marie Antoinette is loitering around Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s 40-room French chateau these days cackling, “Let them eat cake in the dark!” The Guardian (via Vanity Fair) reports there has been an ongoing home renovation dispute at Château Miraval…maybe Angelina has decided to embark on an HGTV career, since it doesn’t look like that Cleopatra movie is ever getting made??
Apparently French designer Odile Soudant was commissioned to design some fancy .0001 percenter lighting system for the property. It took a staff of 17 architects, designers, lighting specialists, and acoustic specialists to get this shit correct, because the sun’s rays needed to be perfect on the chateau and on Brad’s favorite spot to take a hit of the good shit to put him in the tolerable mood before reading Angelina’s next indie script. Payments were coming in to Odile for a while, but then she got the ol’ “the check’s in the mail!” treatment. She sued and apparently won $663,000 from the “Château Miraval company.” Isn’t that just the official name of the child army when they’re in France?
Odile is apparently only coming public with the house spat because she wants credit for the project, which she has never received. 99% of a reason for putting up with annoying rich homeowners on a renovation is so you can get a spread in Architectural Digest looking au naturel in a dining room with a peacock walking down the table. Give Odile her spread!
Emails from Brad to get Odile to come back and finish the project leaked in the whole debacle. They’re kinda half-lovesick middle schooler, half-cheapskate:
“Odile, I need you. Come here please. I need you to finish.”
Angelina probably never even heard those words from Brad in the bedroom! No wonder things got testy between them. He later continued with:
“I don’t know how things happen in France but in the United States, friends don’t attack friends. I’ve been nothing but a fan of your work. Do not attack. Let’s finish the project and be proud of it. The work is too good to end on a bad note. Life is too short, my friend.”
Not paying a bitch is so not très chic, Brad! It’s unclear if Odile replied, “I don’t know how things happen in the U.S., but we pay in Euros – not the crayon scribblings of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt.”