It is with eyebrows firmly raised that we bring you the latest development in the ongoing split of Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. It’s been nearly a year since they split last summer, a breakup catalyzed by a widely reported plane trip in which Pitt was allegedly involved in an altercation with their son, Maddox, then 15. Since then, Jolie and the children moved into a new Los Angeles home, Pitt got sober, and, according to a new report by Us Weekly, their divorce is “in limbo.”
“Everyone thinks they are going to get back together,” an anonymous, and hopelessly romantic, source told the weekly tabloid for its latest cover story. “It wouldn’t be surprising if they announced that they’re calling it off and trying to work things out.”
Both Pitt and Jolie have done the requisite post-breakup tell-all interviews: his with GQ, hers with Vanity Fair—and this, as we all know, is the first step to reconciliation, the couples’ therapy of Hollywood. In the past several months, what had been an acrimonious split—Jolie alleging Pitt had been unfaithful and abusive towards their children—has also begun to defrost.
In March, Us Weekly, apparently the dogged New York Times of this particular celebrity split, also reported Jolie and Pitt had started to have “cordial” discussions about how they can move forward as co-parents—though “things are far from resolved,” the magazine reported, and these cordial conversations were strictly limited to childcare. We all have to have boundaries.
At the same time, People reported the two actors had begun to speak directly with each other, rather than through their lawyers. Pitt was spending time with the kids. Jolie told Good Morning America that she and Pitt “will always be a family, always.” (In the newest story, Us Weekly’s source declares Jolie is “still so in love with him.” Plus, who else will pick out the throw pillows?)
“They haven’t done anything to move it forward in several months and no one thinks they are ever going to,” the source added, remarking unequivocally, “The divorce is off.”
Since their split, Pitt and Jolie have focused increasingly on self-improvement. Pitt, you know, stopped “boozing” so much he could “drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka” (his sobriety, according to Us Weekly’s source, was also intended to curry Jolie’s favor) and delved into sculpting, thus missing the Oscars; and Jolie, for her part, landed a Guerlain campaign, directed a movie, and decided to venture into academia. Their new and improved selves are entering their rapprochement period—and all it took was a year of self-actualization.
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