Page Six's "sources" for these stories are plainly figments of their imagination, but I find it interesting that they brought both Lainey and Carly Milne of Yahoo to the same conclusion: that Brad's people are planting them because he needs to be reassured that he's still desirable.
So to summarize, Pitt is now the most eligible bachelor in Hollywood and is setting panties aflame all across the land, but he’s just a humble guy who doesn’t want anything to do with all of that ... Why are sources connected to Pitt so desperate to let us all know how desirable he is?
But it doesn’t hurt to position 53 year old Brad Pitt as the most eligible bachelor in Hollywood with women pulling at each other’s ponytails, stepping all over each other to get to him like it’s a f-cking stampede. The takeaway here then? Brad Pitt needs to know that he’s still got it.
This apparently is the image of him the gossip world sees as a result of these stories. I am sure neither Brad nor his people are happy with this perception which is bordering on comical.
In contrast, Angelina doesn't need any such reassurance.
Again, I don't for a moment believe that Brad's people are planting these stories any more than I believe they planted the earlier Page Six story: Angelina dumped Brad after private eye uncovered Marion Cotillard affair. Page Six has perhaps just a tad more credibility than Hollywood Life and Radar online, and like them, doesn't miss an opportunity to concoct a story -- such as their other recent exclusive: Angelina eyes historic $25M mansion after Pitt split.
The fact remains that gossip writers live for hits, and drama and intrigue drives hits. Reality, which is already staring at them in the face, is boring. Same old, same old just doesn't grab as much attention and hits.
Have you noticed Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are each being talked about very differently since their split? https://t.co/EPUf5D9qLR pic.twitter.com/pgJTJvPFHc— Yahoo Celebrity (@YahooCelebrity) April 13, 2017
Carly Milne April 14, 2017
It was the split that changed everything, but the aftermath has left us with a tired trope: Brad Pitt is an in-demand playboy, while Angelina Jolie is a hardworking mom with no love life.
At first we were besieged by the Sad Brad narrative — Pitt misses his kids and doesn’t get to see them; Pitt is heartbroken because Jolie is horrible; Pitt is spending long hours working on his art and listening to depressing music as he grows gaunt. But Page Six was determined to break the mold this week.
It started with reports on Monday that Pitt was caught flirting with Sienna Miller at the Lost City of Z premiere, in which she stars and Pitt produced. Sources told Page Six that the two were “heavily enjoying each other’s company” and were “talking to each other all night.” At a dinner. For 25 people. In celebration of the launch of the movie they were both a part of. OK, then.
For her part, Miller denied the claims, telling Page Six on Tuesday, “I’m not going to even dignify it with a response. It’s predictable and silly.”
But Page Six wasn’t done. Today it came out with reports that women are breaking down Pitt’s door, begging to date him — including a cadre of his exes. Calling him “the biggest catch in Hollywood these days,” Page Six goes on to breathlessly recount how Pitt is enjoying being unattached and doesn’t want to be in a committed relationship, with a source saying: “Brad has been dating a bit, but he is extremely careful to keep it secret. He’s focused on his kids, and he’s happy — now that he has settled his divorce from Angelina — to be out of the public eye.”
And what of those exes? Claiming Pitt has been hit on by some women and stalked by others, Page Six insists the list of exes banging down his door include Kate Hudson (didn’t we already do that one right after he split from Jolie?), Juliette Lewis, Christina Applegate, Thandie Newton, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth Paltrow. Who is in a relationship with writer, producer, and director Brad Falchuck and is so serious that the two have reportedly been discussing marriage. OK, then.
Don’t get too excited, though — as a source tells Page Six, “Brad isn’t interested [in rekindling with any exes]. No partying, no fun. Just work and parenting.”
So to summarize, Pitt is now the most eligible bachelor in Hollywood and is setting panties aflame all across the land, but he’s just a humble guy who doesn’t want anything to do with all of that. Meanwhile, Jolie is busy being a mom, busy being a humanitarian, busy buying a “Pitt-split” mansion, and much too busy to have any kind of a love life to speak of.
Sure, In Touch Weekly came out with a story she’s set to marry some imaginary British businessman, which is making Pitt “insecure.” But for the most part, the narrative following Jolie has largely been about how she’s been focused on keeping the kids safe and happy, when she’s not working with the U.N. or promoting her upcoming Netflix movie, First They Killed My Father.
Granted, those are perfectly reasonable things to be busy with after a divorce — and Jolie certainly has had her fair share of racy stories streaking through the press in her wild-child days. Plus, it’s likely that Jolie is well in control of what’s happening with her public image, given that she hired image consultant and “real-life Olivia Pope” Judy Smith to help manage the fallout after she filed for divorce.
But is it too much to ask that Jolie get some semblance of a multidimensional treatment in the stories following her after the divorce? That maybe she’s just as desirable as Pitt in the wake of their split, even as she’s caring for kids and working? Because no matter how many children she’s herding or how many projects she’s helming, one fact remains: Jolie is still one of the most stunning women on the face of the earth. It’s not outside the realm of possibility to assume and accept that she might have men lining up at her doorstep too.
Or maybe she’s pulling a Katie Holmes-Jamie Foxx and doesn’t want us to know who she’s spending her post-divorce time with. Which brings us to our next question: Why are sources connected to Pitt so desperate to let us all know how desirable he is?
The plot thickens…
Lainey: But it doesn’t hurt to position 53 year old Brad Pitt as the most eligible bachelor in Hollywood with women pulling at each other’s ponytails, stepping all over each other to get to him like it’s a f-cking stampede. The takeaway here then? Brad Pitt needs to know that he’s still got it.
Sienna Miller is quashing those "predictable and silly" romance rumors surrounding her and Brad Pitt. https://t.co/5lF3x87Ktl pic.twitter.com/dePT1YJU6y— E! News (@enews) April 13, 2017
Sienna Miller is quashing those pesky romance rumors surrounding her and Brad Pitt.
The actress, who stars in Pitt's Plan B Entertainment's The Lost City of Z, told Page Six Tuesday evening that there is nothing romantic happening between them. "I'm not going to even dignify it with a response," she told the publication at a Cinema Society screening of her latest film. "It's predictable and silly."
Rumors began to swirl after the colleagues were spotted reportedly getting cozy while out to dinner, but a source told E! News that news of "serious flirting" was "exaggerated."
"Photographs of Angelina Jolie, and Nicole Kidman cover the walls of the shack. And in the center, Stalin." https://t.co/tOegYu6TJM— Roads and Kingdoms (@RoadsKingdoms) April 13, 2017