Saturday, February 18, 2017





Random TIMELINE III



April 26
ET 

A source tells ET that the 53-year-old actor had his first overnight stay with Maddox, 15, Shiloh, 10, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, and 8-year-old twins, Vivienne and Knox. The source adds that the children's nannies were also on hand during the overnight visit, as was recommended by the family therapist. 
The source also points out that the reason Jolie, 41, employs the nannies and not Pitt is because she "is the one with sole physical custody of the children."
"Brad has no need to have his own nannies right now," the source adds.



April 19
ET
EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Have Not Been Dating Other People Since Split 

Antoinette Bueno 10:59 AM PDT, April 19, 2017 

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are keeping the focus on their children.
Sources tell ET that despite reports, both 41-year-old Jolie and 53-year-old Pitt are still very much single after their split in September.
ET has learned that Jolie is not currently dating at this time, and that she hasn't dated anyone since the breakup, as her main focus is on her children.
Meanwhile, another source tells ET that Pitt is also not dating other people, but is spending time out with friends.
"Everything is going well; the family is getting along and keeping things private," the source says. "That is his sole focus right now." 

April 18
ET

"His kids visited him at his Los Feliz home on the evening of April 2," the source says.
According to our source, it had been a while since the six Jolie-Pitt children had been back at Pitt's home, quite possibly not "since the week before news [of the split] broke." The source notes that it has been quiet around the compound ever since, with the exception of some domestic help who are there daily. 


E

How Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Fooled Everybody: From Court to Co-Parenting While People Were Distracted by Scandal

Natalie Finn

There aren't two sides to every story. When it comes to a celebrity's private world, there are endless versions of what's going on behind closed doors.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's story was looking pretty unfortunate for months. The once hopelessly devoted couple were at odds in court, with Jolie initially wanting full custody of their six children and news of a family services investigation into Pitt's parenting shocking a world that was so used to the Jolie-Pitts operating as a cohesive unit.
While the actor was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing—and the court of public opinion didn't judge him particularly harshly, either—his successful bid to get their divorce proceedings sealed was accompanied by Jolie's claim that Pitt was actually "terrified that the public will learn the truth."
So dramatic! So mysterious!
But even though Jolie vs. Pitt dragged on into the new year, there were glimmers of hope that not all was lost.
Brad had stayed at the family's chateau in France for Thanksgiving while Angie was with the kids in America, but a month later relations had normalized enough a so that he was able to carve out some holiday-themed quality time with the children for Christmas.
Moreover, the recently tense relationship between the Fury star and son Maddox seemed to be thawing since the 15-year-old initially didn't join his siblings on a visit with their dad in the first month after their mom filed for divorce on Sept. 19.
And then there was Jolie's return to the spotlight, when she took the whole brood to Cambodia last month for the premiere of her latest directorial effort, the documentary First They Killed My Father (on which Maddox worked with his mom studying the history of his birth country)—an indicator that in the end she didn't want this divorce drama to fly out of her control any more than Pitt did.
But oh, that sigh when ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked if her family was healthier now, in the wake of Jolie filing for divorce "for the health" of her family.
Choosing her words carefully, she replied, nodding affirmatively, "We are focusing on the health of are family, and so we will be. We will be stronger, when we come out of this, because that's what we are determined to do as a family."
Then there was the slight pause when George asked her if she still thought Pitt was a wonderful father, as she had said in the past.
"Of course, of course," she replied, shaking her head slightly. "We will always be a family, always."
In hindsight, however, may it really was a delay in the satellite feed. Or at least a pause of a different nature.
Because as it turns out, Pitt was in Cambodia too—not on the press tour with Jolie, exactly, but in the neighborhood to take turns spending time with Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne. He was also in and out of the country while she was shooting the film, too, and some or all of the kids would also be flying back to visit him in L.A. at any given time as well.
"They were with Angelina for probably 75 percent of the time when Brad was in the country and they'd go back and forth between her and Brad," a source said.
Last week E! News learned that tensions had eased between Jolie and Pitt and they were, in fact, talking again rather than communicating solely via lawyers and intermediaries.
"Brad hopes that they can be successful at co-parenting and get to a place where they can be friendly," a source close to Pitt told us. "They both have agreed to put the kids first."
Short of inflicting lasting damage on the kids' psyches by insisting on an ugly custody battle, that is what the couple formerly known as Brangelina was always going to have to do.
So what a relief that not all was as tenuous as it seemed just a short month ago. Rather, Jolie had taken a major step toward re-normalizing the kids' and her own relationship with Pitt (it seems impossible that they hadn't started speaking yet by then, considering the logistics involved in a trip to Cambodia, but even if not...progress), and Pitt was acting on what we'd been hearing about him all along—that he was anxiously looking forward to getting to a place (both figuratively and literally) where he'd be seeing the children more often.
And even having 25 percent of the time with his sons and daughters made the miles logged more than worth it to him.
Overall, the lesson learned is that Brad Pitt can be one stealth flyer when he wants to be, and he and Angelina are as adept as ever at taking care of the truly important business behind the scenes, where the view isn't always clear.

Putting related quotes together: People  People  ET  ET  daily mail

 “He’s healthy and much happier,” a source tells PEOPLE. “Things with his family have improved, all is being addressed privately, and it’s serving everyone in the family well.  He’s looking forward to getting back to work."

He’s very relieved that things are not playing out in public anymore... The divorce proceedings are moving forward privately....They have both put the media drama behind them."
"It was a rough time, but they were able to resolve it.  This is a work in progress... the goal was to resolve everything for the kids and the whole family, and they’re working toward that."
“He’s much happier."
"He is spending more time with the kids when they are in L.A.  He has even spent some time with Maddox and Pax.   Things are definitely calming down.  Occasionally he still gets a bit down.  He went from having quite the chaotic, full house to a very quiet house.  Waking up with the kids every morning seemed to make him very happy.  He’s always been extremely positive about how Angie’s a good mother."
The source reiterated what Jolie said about Pitt  -- that he is a good father to their six children and that they will always be a family.
"Everything is going well; the family is getting along and keeping things private," the source says. "That is his sole focus right now." 

"Brad is doing his thing and Angie is doing hers... After months in seclusion with the kids, Jolie is back at work.... Angelina launched her Netflix movie [First They Killed my Father] and that was a success," the source continued. "She gave her lecture at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and that went really well. She will begin teaching a course there in September and will be traveling back and forth between the States and London while teaching the course, she is not moving to London full time."

Brad meanwhile has been typically driving himself or riding one of his motorbikes over to the Los Angeles studio owned by Thomas late in the morning to start work on his project... "People close to him are happy that he has found something new to be passionate about."  The actor usually spends the day with Houseago and his team of assistants, but stays behind at night to work on his piece, says the eyewitness, who adds that Pitt often listens to sad songs... Thomas – who lives in the same exclusive compound - went on to explain the 'infinite magic of art': 'When you have that trauma and have that anxiety, you have that push it gets you off planet earth, and through the atmosphere really fast.'....The pair have been friends for some time..."He often has friends over, old friends are back in his life, and he seems happy about it.......Brad is lying low and concentrating on his work"
Pitt "looks great" and has been working out regularly.  "He's lost a few pounds.  He's in very good shape."  Although he has cut out most of his bad habits, Brad is still big on vaping. 
As for Pitt's recent foray into sculpting the source says his new hobby doesn't mean he's stepping away from acting. "No. No. No," the source declared. "He just produced the Oscar-winning Best Picture, Moonlight.  He is involved in a lot of producing, nonprofit events, and staying involved in War Machine."
As for reports stating that Pitt and Jolie have spoken directly? The source tells ET, "They had already been talking directly to each other way before this anyways."
"Everything is going well; the family is getting along and keeping things private,"
"Pitt has worked very hard to get his kids back and the whole family is in a much better place," the source says.




Dr. Stan Katz declaration

Feb. 18

BBC: We know that an incident occurred that led to your separation. We also know you haven't said anything about this.  Would you like to say something now?
AJ: "Only that...I don't want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time. And, and we are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it,

BBC:  Because you haven't said much actually, the tabloids have been doing all the talking for you.  And you haven't said anything at all.
AJ: And I won't.

BBC: Can I ask how you are coping?
AJ: "I'm, I'm...Many, many people find themselves in this situation and this kind of...my whole, my family… we're all, we’ve all been through a difficult time. It's not ...My focus is my children, our children… and it is..and my focus is finding this, this way through. And as I said we are..we are and forever will be a family and so that is my...that is how I am coping.  I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”

BBC: In say 5 years time, where do you see yourself, where do you think you'll be?
AJ:  Five years time...do I have all teenagers?
BBC:  You'll have all teenagers at that stage.
AJ:  At that stage I hope just standing.  In 5 years time I would like to be traveling around the world visiting my children, hoping that they're just happy and doing interesting things.  And I imagine in many different parts of the world and I'll be supporting them.  And everything I do I hope is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children and give them the right sense of what they're capable of and the world as it should be seen.  Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life but really take them into the world where they can have a really good sense and be rounded people.

BBC: What do you really want to do when you wake up first thing in the morning?
AJ:  "Get through the day.  It's been a difficult few months.  Right now, I’m going through a moment where there's just everybody’s in my room.  Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who’s going to get the dog out, who’s going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth.” 



Feb. 21

GS: You filed for divorce, you said, for the health of your family.  Is your family healthier now?
AJ:  We are..we are ...focusing on the health of our family, and so..and so we will be.  We will be.  We will be stronger when we come out of this because that's what we're determined to do as a family."

GS: In the past you described Brad often as a wonderful father -- of course he's part of the family -- do you still believe that?
AJ:  Of course.  Of course.  We will always be a family. Always.



E!
Angelina Jolie has never seemed to care much about what people think of her, nor has she put much stock in meeting/confirming/contradicting people's expectations or playing the old Hollywood game of give-and-take with the media or the public in general. She's been an A-lister abiding by her own agenda for the most part, and it's always worked.
But that doesn't mean she doesn't care at all.
The mother of six went on a veritable tear of publicity over the last few days--as in a red carpet appearance and at least two sit-down interviews—that, while she does have a movie to promote, still felt sudden after five months of silence, minus what the world has heard from her via her attorney in court documents pertaining to her divorce from Brad Pitt.

With the only alternative being to pull a Greta Garbo and retire from public life, we knew that Jolie was going to have to get back out there soon—especially since Pitt had already tested the waters first with his surprise appearance at the Golden Globes last month to tout Best Movie Drama winner Moonlight, which was produced by his Plan B Entertainment.
The amount of adulation for Pitt in that room was a convincing sign that the actor-producer's personal troubles hadn't marred his image among his peers.
Not that that was Jolie's intent when she sought sole custody of their children and expressed concern for Pitt's parenting in various court filings, including one in which she alleged the actor was "terrified that the public will learn the truth." She had her reasons pertaining to their family dynamic and whatever went on behind closed doors.
But it was impossible to tell what, exactly, the knee-jerk public response would be after Pitt—who bounced back in record time from the PR nightmare that was his divorce from Jennifer Aniston by becoming the family man of everyone's dreams—was investigated by family services (nothing ever came of it) and was at first relegated to supervised visitation.

With the only alternative being to pull a Greta Garbo and retire from public life, we knew that Jolie was going to have to get back out there soon—especially since Pitt had already tested the waters first with his surprise appearance at the Golden Globes last month to tout Best Movie Drama winner Moonlight, which was produced by his Plan B Entertainment.
The amount of adulation for Pitt in that room was a convincing sign that the actor-producer's personal troubles hadn't marred his image among his peers.
Not that that was Jolie's intent when she sought sole custody of their children and expressed concern for Pitt's parenting in various court filings, including one in which she alleged the actor was "terrified that the public will learn the truth." She had her reasons pertaining to their family dynamic and whatever went on behind closed doors.
But it was impossible to tell what, exactly, the knee-jerk public response would be after Pitt—who bounced back in record time from the PR nightmare that was his divorce from Jennifer Aniston by becoming the family man of everyone's dreams—was investigated by family services (nothing ever came of it) and was at first relegated to supervised visitation.

While we aren't predicting a Ben Affleck-Jennifer Garner-style show of familial solidarity anytime soon, Jolie did make sure to show that the kids are, indeed, all right this past weekend.
Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne were by her side in Cambodia for the red carpet premiere of First They Killed My Father, Jolie's latest directorial effort, based on a true story about a survivor of the Pol Pot regime. Maddox, whom Jolie adopted from Cambodia in 2002, served as a producer.
This was the first public appearance by mother and all six children since the divorce—and while it was a carefully regulated photo opportunity, you can bet the world was excited to see that first shot of all the Jolie-Pitt kids together.

Then it was onto the interviews for Jolie, a perfect re-entree into the arena because, first and foremost, she was discussing some of the issues closest to her heart.
And while surely the outlets were pre-prohibited from too much probing into the personal, the star knew she had to say something about the divorce drama.
"I don't want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time," Jolie told BBC World News. "We are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it."

"Many, many people find themselves in this situation," she added. "My whole family, we've all being through a difficult time.
"My focus is my children, our children, and my focus is finding this way through. We are and forever will be a family. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer."
Overall, she acknowledged, "It's been a difficult few months." As for her kids and what the future holds for all of them, Jolie said that she's continuing to try to show her brood the world "not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life," but rather raise them as well-rounded citizens of the world.

That mirrors the sort of things she's said before about her reasons for living abroad and wanting her kids to be able to set a course in life that really speaks to them as individuals.
But what about Brad, specifically?
"Of course, of course," Jolie replied to ABC News' George Stephanopoulos when he asked, in an interview that aired Tuesday on Good Morning America, if she still thought Pitt was a good father. We will always be a family, always," she added.It's not that we expected her to give a tearful tell-all in which she detailed horrible behavior on her ex's part, and it's entirely her right to never give a shred of further detail as to what prompted her legal decisions.
Nevertheless, quite the can of worms was opened when she, after years of singing Pitt's praises as a father (even when it became apparent that the couple themselves were experiencing growing pains), tried to get sole custody.

There's no way that Jolie, after all she's been through personally and professionally—as the daughter of actors, as a public figure herself since she was a teen, as a bad girl Oscar winner turned humanitarian and women's health advocate—didn't know her every maneuver in court would be of the utmost interest to...well, everybody.
So now it seems to be the time to rein it in, to place her divorce back in the realm of the "many, many people" who know what it's like to go through difficult times, and she's no different from them at the end of the day.
While Pitt had less time than he probably would've preferred to lie low right after Jolie filed on Sept. 19, the actor having to make some rounds in support of his spy thriller Allied, we have a feeling that we'll be hearing from him soon as well.

Morning show, magazine cover, the London Times... we won't know exactly where or when, but it's coming.
And with Jolie having set the tone—family first, stronger together—you know Pitt will be reaffirming what a great parent she is as well in due time.


Feb. 1
ET

A source close to Brad Pitt is slamming reports that the actor was forced into rehab amid a drug battle.
"Brad did not go to rehab," the source told ET on Wednesday, a few hours after Radar Online published an article claiming the Allied star was "secretly getting help" for "his issues." 
"Cannot for the life of me understand what they mean by 'bombshell' investigation," the source added, specifically addressing a line in the article that alleges Pitt "spent a whopping $15,000 on a five-night sober retreat" in a private suite inside Casa Del Mar -- a resort in Santa Monica, California -- where he "attended a 'Narcotics Anonymous' group party."
As for In Touch's report claiming that Pitt's estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, is requesting $10,000 per month in child support for their six children, Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 8, the source told ET the actor's team is not aware of such demands.
"[Brad's team] is strictly following the privacy agreement between the two of them," the source said. "[Brad's team] has never spoken about the kids and won't be starting now."
Earlier this month, Pitt, 53, and Jolie, 41, released their first joint statement since their September split, sharing that they've both signed agreements to keep all of their court documents private. 
 "The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues," the statement read. "The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification." 

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