So far, Brad has pleaded for privacy and refrained from commenting beyond the usual hopes for an amicable split.
But he probably has just as much dirt on her… maybe more.
Jolie has admitted to heavy drug use and wild behavior early in her life. Supposed sources close to the family say the Jolie-Pitt kids were out of control during the marriage.
The investigation into Pitt’s alleged abuse focuses on an incident during a private plane flight from France to the United States.
He allegedly got “wasted” and started screaming at the kids. The rant continued after landing.
He reportedly tried to clamber onto a fuel truck to get away he was so angry.
The alleged episode took place only last Wednesday. It’s reportedly the catalyst that prompted Jolie to end their two-year marriage and 10-year relationship, according to gossip site TMZ.
Brad has long been known to be a heavy pot smoker.
In one story making the rounds, that may, or may not be apocryphal, a runner on the set of the 1997 film “The Devil’s Own” was dispatched to collect Pitt and take him to the set.
When he opened the door to the trailer, he was greeted by clouds of pot smoke. Pitt was inside smoking a huge blunt.
The runner went on to relate:
“He asks me if I want to finish the joint with him and passes it to me, warning me to go easy as it’s strong. The 21-year-old me tries to be cool so sucks down some giant lungfuls. Four minutes. later I can’t even move. Brad eventually asks if I’m OK. I have to say I’m not. Brad tells me not to worry, to chill out in the trailer for a while.”
A year later, Pitt started dating actress Jennifer Aniston. They married in 2000 in a $1 million ceremony at a Malibu mansion. They split up five years later, shortly after Pitt and Jolie finished filming the 2005 movie “Mr & Mrs. Smith.”
Jolie had split from her second husband of three years Billy Bob Thorton in 2003. She adopted one of her children while still with him, whom Brad later adopted.
“She thought it would be interesting and romantic if we took a little razorblade and sliced our fingers, smeared a little blood on these lockets and you wear it around your neck,” Thorton said about one of their more notorious episodes in a 2014 interview.
Tabloids ran wild with stories about vampires and dungeons, not of which were true, he said. During their relationship, however, Jolie often described herself as “dark,” “weird,” even “crazy,” according to ABCNews.
“I mean it was a crazy time. I’ve never been fond of it,” Thorton said about the relationship. She was 24 and he was 44.
Her behavior was in keeping with her upbringing. The daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, often described her early life as “dysfunctional.”
Her parents separated a year after she was born, and she was raised by her mother. She suffered from self-harming, insomnia, depression and an eating disorder as a teenager.
She started using drugs when she was in her 20s and by 24 had suffered a nervous breakdown that required hospitalization.
She experienced an epiphany in 2001 while in Cambodia filming “Laura Croft: Tomb Raider.” It marked a major turning point in her life.
Moved by the plight of refugees in Cambodia, she began advocating on their behalf through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She was named a goodwill ambassador in 2001.
She’s since traveled to war-torn nations around the world to report on refugee conditions.
In March 2002, Jolie adopted her first child, then seven-month-old Maddox Chivan from a Cambodian orphanage.
“I knew once I committed to Maddox, I would never be self-destructive again.” she said in a 2014 “Today” show interview.
She began dating Pitt in 2005 after meeting on set, while Pitt was still married to Aniston.
Soon, Brangelina became a Hollywood power couple. They adopted two more children, while having three biological children of their own.
Brangelina became seemingly inseparable. They globe-trotted the world, often with their children in tow.
In a 2011 interview, Pitt described his life this way:
“I think happiness is overrated, truthfully. I do. I think sometimes you’re happy, sometimes you’re not. There’s too much pressure to be happy. I don’t know. I don’t really give a shit. I know I will be at times, and I know I won’t be at times. Satisfied, at peace, those would be more goals for myself.”
But in the throes of an increasingly bitter divorce, those goals seem to be farther away than ever.
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