Things just took a turn for the spooky in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce saga. According to Page Six, Brad has some skeletons in his closet and I’m not talking about a cardboard cutout of Angie that he uses as a voodoo doll. A source tells Page Six that Angelina’s most recent volley, asking for the private judge that’s presiding over their divorce case to be dismissed, is indicative of the “love-hate” feelings she has for Brad and is effectively helping to “keep the focus off some skeletons in his own closet.” Now before your imagination runs wild like mine did, I can tell you that it’s not that Brad is actually completely bald under all those hats, it’s stuff we already know. It’s Brad’s penchant for avoiding personal responsibility when his artistic delusions blow up in his face.
One of the skeletons is voodoo doll-related in that it’s sticking a pin in our collective memories to remind us that Brad has yet to Make It Right in regards to the shitty houses he helped build in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The other skeleton is an ongoing lawsuit filed against him in France by lighting designer Odile Soudant who is after Brad for artistic credit she claims is due to her for the work she did on Brad and Angelina’s Miraval Vineyard estate. Odile has already been awarded $750,000 in damages after Brad allegedly stiffed her on the bill for doing the work, leaving Odile bankrupt in the process. According to Page Six:
Angelina Jolie used to be known as a love ’em and leave ’em type. But she can’t seem to let Brad Pitt go.
Sources familiar with the family say that, while maintaining control of the children is paramount to Jolie, she has love-hate feelings for Pitt.
“On some level she doesn’t want this [the divorce] to end,” said one source. “She’s trying to hold on.”
Insiders told The Post that Jolie’s maneuvering has only served to burnish Pitt’s “good guy” image — and help keep the focus off some skeletons in his own closet.
Of course, this entire exhaustive/ing Page Six piece serves the exact opposite purpose in that it suggests hidden skeletons then leads you to the closet to take a peek. Angie might consider taking a job as a real estate agent who specializes in haunted houses.
“I’m not saying she’s perfect, or the sanest person around,” said a source who worked with Pitt and Jolie when they were together. “But he wore the pants in that relationship . . . He’s much tougher than he lets on. That boyish, good guy image is just an image.”
In some ways, by dragging things out and sticking it to her ex, Jolie is repeating what people in Pitt’s past say he has done to them.
Even though Odile the lighting designer eventually got paid (in part) for the work she did for Brad, she’s still embroiled in a legal battle with him to get professional credit.
Pitt’s side claims he stopped payment because contractors carrying out the work inflated prices, but a French court said Soudant was not to blame. She was awarded some $750,000 in damages in 2017 but the fight is not over. Soudant said Pitt hired away someone from her team to complete the job — and Pitt has since claimed via his lawyer that the design ideas were his own. Soudant has filed a second suit in France against Pitt, asking that she be given official artistic credit. The case is ongoing.
“He took my soul, he took my heart,” Soudant told The Post. “I cry for myself and I cry for the people of New Orleans.”
As for the Make It Right situation, the lawyer representing the families who have filed a class-action lawsuit against Brad and the MIR Foundation says there are still families who are paying on mortgages on houses they can’t live in. Brad already tried and failed to get his name taken off the suit and tried to place the blame solely on the architects. If you ask me he should have used the Evil Hat defense and thrown his beloved beanie Eleanor under the bus for this one. There is a hearing scheduled for September 3rd.
“It’s all defend, deny and delay,” Ron Austin, a lawyer for homeowners, told The Post. “We’re hoping next month’s hearing will compel Brad Pitt and Make It Right to answer questions that they’ve been ducking and dragging out so far.”
Brad needs to run all those skeletons a check immediately. The whole thing continues to be a wild mess but the two biggest takeaways for me are that Angie is “not the sanest person in the world” and that Brad makes French women cry. A “Jolie source” also notes that “the kids still require therapy after the private-jet flight,” so my question is, how many years of therapy are they going to need by the time this divorce has been finalized? At least by the time Brad and Angie’s lawyers eat up their entire inheritance, they will be eligible for Medicaid to pay for it.