I've said before that in trying to decipher what I think are their true intentions, I rely on "official" statements they've made through their reps as well as their actions
From the start, Angelina has been in control of "official" statements." And I wonder if Brad's PR may be a just a bit jealous that it's Angelina's PR releasing the statements.
As I noted in my previous post, in poring over the 2nd statement I found what she didn't say just as important and even more revealing than what she said.
She avoided mentioning anything or using any term that could be upsetting to Brad.
She avoided directly mentioning divorce -- so "she took action" instead of she "filed for dissolution"
She mentions the legal agreement but does not mention again that she keeps custody while Brad has "therapeutic visitation"
She avoided directly mentioning the abuse investigation -- it was the "8 week involvement" of the DCFS instead of their "abuse investigation"
She doesn't give any indication of what she thinks of the safeguards put in place by the DCFS. Only that she is relieved that after 8 weeks, they are satisfied.
She doesn't mention or make any reference to Brad's problems: weed, alcohol, and anger management,
She doesn't mention or give any hint of any conflict or any incident on a plane or anywhere.
The only thought or emotion expressed is that she is "relieved."
She is the only one mentioned by name but as noted above there is nothing in the statement that Brad would object to or might be sensitive about.
And perhaps that is why Brad did not release any statement of his own. It was written in a way that it could tacitly be his statement too.
This for me is a big hint on where they are in their relationship.
After 2 months of no direct contact there's a lot of ground they need to cover. Explanations, apologies, clearing up past hurts and misunderstandings, catching up on each others lives. But it seems from the evidence that they've made a lot of progress.
They are definitely not estranged. They're clearly communicating and working together.
A lot of care and concern went into drafting her statement.
In avoiding directly mentioning past events that may have upset Brad like her filing for divorce and the abuse investigation she was showing not just sensitivity for his feelings but also a shared desire to move forward and leave those events behind.
And we can only speculate what Brad must have said and done for her to feel that way.
Brad looked better at the Allied premiere. He seemed to have spent the day getting a tan because he was no longer pale. His facial expression would still occasionally revert to a grimace but he was engaged when people talked to him and he was animated in the Q & A. Like I said previously, he's a professional. He knows what's expected of him and he does his job.
But he didn't look like a man who had just been cleared of abuse. He wasn't in a celebratory mood. The sadness is still evident.
From reports, he only saw his children a handful of times in the 8 weeks that the DCFS investigation was open. And Angelina, not at all. That schedule should considerably improve now that there is just the agreement between them. And that should hasten the healing of the family -- a goal which they've said they're all committed to achieving.
The 1st statement said, "We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time."
After 2 months of very restricted contact, it's only now that they are able to really begin the process of healing.
By agreeing to an open-ended legal agreement that holds him to therapeutic visits, Brad is showing his commitment to healing the family.
I have said before that in signing a legal agreement that has no end date, Brad was showing that he had a huge amount of trust in Angelina. He could have insisted on making it renewable upon expiration with the agreement of both parties but he didn't. He left himself open to being bound to a process that he was very unhappy with. He trusts that Angelina will protect him and will do everything to help the process along and quickly move to end supervision when it is no longer necessary.
Renewing the trust and bond between them is the first step to healing their family.
Angelina showed that protecting his feelings was her paramount concern when she carefully drafted her statement. It showed her concern for him and commitment to him and the renewed bond between them that would now allow her to help him reestablish his relationship with their children and thereby complete the healing of the family.
From very early on, Angelina saw her role as protecting her family and her children.
I wrote after seeing his recent photos from Moonlight and Allied that Brad looked fragile and that Angelina probably needed to take care of him. And it looks like she is doing just that.
If Brad and the children are able to see each other more frequently and with some help and encouragement from Angelina, they could be free of the need for supervised visits before too long -- and their family would be finally healed.
But in the meantime Brad must continue to live alone -- hence the lingering sadness.
From the start, the DCFS wanted Angelina to show that her loyalty was only to her children. That was why under the DCFS guidelines, they only allow custody to the other parent if they are separated or divorced. She no longer has the DCFS looking over her shoulder but the children still need therapeutic visitation so her loyalty must still be to her children -- but there is some room now for Brad.
I actually don't believe that much "rebuilding" is necessary in their relationship because I think when Brad finally understood why Angelina had to file, he would have supported her decision. The DCFS was the cause of his misery, not her petition, because they were the ones who imposed strict restrictions on contact between him and his family. That is not to say there were no ruffled feelings and he apparently doesn't want to be reminded about the petition but they still love each other and I am sure missed each other while they were apart.
It would have been more a matter of clearing the air, and picking up where they left off.
My advice to all the commenters complaining about media bias is your really have to be selective about the outlets you follow and the articles you read. I don't see much of what you are complaining about and I get feeds from all the major outlets -- NY Times, LA Times, EW, Time, Vaniy Fair etc. I ignore the rabble rousers who are just there to incite and have little to no credibility.
If Angelina's legal team was concerned that it was a credible outlet with a large following making slanderous or libelous or otherwise objectionable comments they would move swiftly.
And again, a reminder that I will not condone hateful comments towards anyone. I tried opening the comments to facilitate communication and discussion among readers but I was not very happy with the result. So I am returning to fully moderated comments.
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