If the E report is inaccurate, then we should see them issue a clarification via People which has carried all their recent denials and clarifications. E is not currently one of their favored sites which of late includes People, ET, Vanity Fair and Hello. On the other hand, Daily Mail isn't a favored site either but it was the first to be given the story and photos of Brad in Houseago's studio. E is a major site -- they have almost 11M followers on Twitter compared to 7.6M for People and 1.1M for ET. This report has additionally been reposted by Daily Mail and numerous others, so if there are inaccuracies they wish to correct, they would want their clarification to be equally widely distributed and be carried by as many sites as possible. They would also contact E to ask them to make corrections.
If they ask a major site to disseminate a denial that later turns out to be false, they risk damaging both their credibility and their future relations with the site(s). They are still in the process of revealing their story. Gossip Cop, with just 357K Twitter followers, relies on handouts from publicists and will simply shrug off a discredited denial.
I think the problem they have with E's report is the timing of its release. E was getting ahead of their story. The report exposes that the story in People was steps behind reality.
I wrote previously after FTKMF's Siem Reap premiere:
The other question is obviously if Brad is in the country with them. I had noted that they had kept a low profile since they arrived. You would normally expect to see her being formally greeted at the airport before such an important event for the country but she wasn't seen until the day of the Royal audience and press conference. They probably visited her projects in the Samlot area mentioned in the article above.
Angelina has said that she intends to be at a few screenings and town hall meetings which means the family's stay in Cambodia may stretch to over a week or even longer if they return to Samlot. The last scheduled screening is Feb. 23 in Battambang which is the province where Samlot is located. Since Brad is not currently filming anything and has not been seen since 1/25, I believe he is with them, just as he was with them in Crested Butte where they also stayed for a week. There is no question in my mind that the women we saw were Angela Bissada on the plane and Catherine Green on the ground. Given the way Bissada rushed to hug and greet Green and the way Angelina and Green embraced, I have no doubt they are the children's two therapists. Bissada did not greet anyone else on the ground and Green only greeted Angelina and the two boys.
I believe Brad would not miss seeing Angelina, Maddox and Shiloh address the large and important audience and sneaked in when it was dark and the pre-screening program had started. The vast open air venue makes it relatively easy for him to go in and out incognito surrounded by Angelina's accredited staff. In this regard it is notable that Maddox said, "It’s a great honor to present this film to all of you, and to stand by my mother and my family." We've noted from the start their pointed use of "family" was a big hint that there were looking after each other and did not intend to divorce. Maddox could have just as easily said, "my mother and my brothers and sisters," which would have clearly excluded Brad but he didn't because the intention was to quietly include Brad. Of course Brad would have preferred to physically stand with them but I think under the circumstances he considers himself fortunate to have reunited with them sooner than initially expected.
How Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt fooled the people distracted by scandal: https://t.co/WWLt8HiIRw pic.twitter.com/FH3ucfk7Nz— E! News (@enews) March 29, 2017
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.
Thanks to Pride&Joy
Brad Pitt Secretly Joined Angelina Jolie and Kids on Recent Trip to Cambodia
28 March 2017 11:49 AM, PDT
While Angelina Jolie was filming First They Killed My Father in Cambodia with her kids in tow, Brad Pitt was taking trips whenever he could to spend time with their children.
A source confirms to E! News that Pitt was in Cambodia "most of the time except when it conflicted with his own shoot schedule." ...
The insider also says "some or all" of the kids would leave Cambodia to fly to Los Angeles to spend time with their dad. "He wasn't in Cambodia the entire time they filmed, but he made multiple trips there to spend time with the kids," the source adds.
"All through production and filming, and on her most recent press trip, Brad came to Cambodia in secret to spend time with the kids," the second source shares. "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." ... while they go to see Cambodia's sights.
What started as as a seemingly contentious divorce has ultimately become what appears to be a private journey, the sole focus of which is the children. "Things have calmed settled between Brad and Angelina. It's not as tense as it had been," a source told E! News last week. "They are focused on the kids and working to do what's best for them."
"Brad has been able to spend more time with the kids. He's doing well and is focused on healthy, clean living. He's in a good place."
Brad also has been spending time working on a sculpture at Thomas Houseago's studio, while Jolie has ramped up her humanitarian efforts, with a source describing her as a "true humanitarian" while in Cambodia.
"She has no issues getting her hands dirty and was never a prima donna about doing anything less than glamorous; she is all about the cause," the insider shares with E! News. "She embraced the country and the country genuinely loves her back. She also is very easy to talk to and not intimidating. During downtime she'd just casually hang out with the crew there with her and was always polite and nice to people."
Fans around the world got to see just how enmeshed in the culture Jolie became when she and her kids were filmed sharing scorpions and spiders, which are part of the local cuisine.
"I first had them when I was first in country," Jolie explained. "Crickets—you start with crickets. Crickets and a beer and then you kind of move up to tarantulas."
While Angelina Jolie was making her new movie in Cambodia, Brad Pitt made multiple visits to see their children. https://t.co/XUCdI58VFA pic.twitter.com/gnTeeoFFq7— E! News (@enews) March 28, 2017