Brad was photographed outside Houseago's studio on March 13, 29, April 15, 22, 30, May 9, 10. He was in NY May 16, Tokyo May 22 - 23. Mumbai May 24.
Angelina returned from London March 17, she was seen shopping at a Guitar Center and Target on April 24, having lunch in Malibu on April 30, at the Renaissance Faire in Irwindale on May 6, having dinner at a Sushi Restaurant in Beverly Hills on May 13 and then strolling around Malibu in the morning before dinner at TAO in West Hollywood on Mother's Day, May 14. She went shopping in West Hollywood May 18.
It appears the family has been spending a lot of time in Hollywood Hills when they're in L.A.
They're both looking better than they have in a long time. In Cambodia while promoting FTKMF, Angelina was often playful, almost giddy. Brad is similarly playful in his War Machine appearances.
Excerpts from his AP interview:
“Anytime I’ve gotten in trouble, it’s because of my own hubris.”
Pitt, at the moment, may be particularly empathetic to such a drastic swing as the one that sank McChrystal via an infamous Rolling Stone profile . Pitt is now, for the first time since Angelina Jolie Pitt filed for divorce from him last September, stepping back into the limelight. He hasn’t been timid. In his first post-separation interview, to GQ , Pitt was unusually candid, speaking frankly about his struggles with alcohol and the pains of dividing their family.
Pitt was similarly forthright in a wide-ranging interview last week with The Associated Press. He called directly — “Hey man, it’s Brad” — and over the course of half an hour, discussed his present state of mind, his current attitude about acting and his alarm at the possibility of expanding the war in Afghanistan. Why the openness?
“I’ve got no secrets. I’ve got nothing to hide,” said Pitt. “We’re human and I find the human condition very interesting. If we’re not talking about it, then we’re not getting better.”
It’s undoubtedly a fraught period of transition for the 53-year-old actor. He said he’s spending his time now “keeping the ship afloat” and “figuring out the new configuration of our family.” ”Kids are everything,“ he said, of their six children. ”Kids are your life. They’re taking all the focus, as they should anyway.“
He’s getting through it, he assured. “I’m not suicidal or something,” Pitt said, laughing. “There’s still much beauty in the world and a lot of love. And a lot of love to be given. It’s all right. It’s just life.”
“Anytime I’ve gotten in trouble, it’s because of my own hubris.” -- Aside from ignoring his booze problem, there were his attempts to disregard the mental health professionals' recommendations that were in the children's best interests.
“I’ve got no secrets. I’ve got nothing to hide,” -- I presume that means when they finally come out of this, that he will talk openly about the trauma he inflicted on the children and the recovery process.
As I noted above, it seems the family has been spending a lot of time back in Hollywood Hills the past few weeks -- starting before the AP interview -- probably since early May. I presume they've been sleeping over since they've been having dinner nearby. ET's May 8 report quoted a source: Pitt has worked very hard to get his kids back and the whole family is in a much better place. Taking everything together, it appears the family may have finally achieved it's goal of reunification. It is probably telling that what he mentioned to the AP are concerns of an already reunified family:
“keeping the ship afloat" -- The ship = the family, is afloat = has recovered and is reunited. They are protecting and bolstering the newly reunified family. This is why, in an excess of caution, Brad has not been seen in public with any of the kids and he and Angelina have not been seen together.
"Figuring out the new configuration of our family -- The former configuration of the family was Brad at the head and the chief disciplinarian. But Brad will now have a secondary role on matters relating to the children as he is still walking on eggshells and wants to minimize conflict situations with them. Angelina is principally in charge of supervising and disciplining the children. They will also be dividing their time between the DeMille estate and their compound. They will need to make some renovations as their security and staff needs are far greater than the current owners.
Kids are everything, Kids are your life. They’re taking all the focus, as they should anyway -- All the problems that put the family in this situation were between him and the kids. He has already addressed the causes of the biggest problems and their continuing focus will necessarily be on strengthening his relationship and emotional connections with the children as he mentioned previously.
“I’m not suicidal or something,” -- this is to clarify the line in GQ: "If I'm not creating something, doing something, putting it out there, then I'll just be creating scenarios of fiery demise in my mind. You know, a horrible end." -- He wasn't suicidal because he had been looking forward to the joy of having the family back together, but he has had to confront all the damage and anguish he caused and is wracked by guilt. He has moments of fragility -- which is why Angelina has been very protective of him. He clearly would not have been able to get through this in one piece without her.
"There’s still much beauty in the world and a lot of love. And a lot of love to be given." -- He is referring to Angelina -- the love and support he received from her and the love that he has given her in turn. She is glowing and was dressed and made-up for a date night on Mother's Day -- after the family dined on the take-out they brought home from TAO.
It’s all right. It’s just life.”-- Everything's OK now. What happened is just part of life. As he said earlier, every misstep has been a step toward epiphany.
- I expect Dr. Katz would do another round of interviews and evaluations after reunification before preparing his final report. That would add a few weeks to the process.
- The DeMille is still among the active properties listed for sale in the Hilton & Hyland website. The sale has not yet been completed. I would imagine it would take some time after it closes for them to finish moving all their stuff in and bring the security etc. to meet their requirements.
- AP has been their news outlet of choice -- where they've released past statements and news. It has consistently identified Angelina as Angelina Jolie Pitt.