Us decided to write a cover story after checking the case's status online and noting that nothing has transpired since January 31. Everything written in the report including all the "quotes" are plainly the result of guess work and embellishments from publicly available info.
This otherwise harmless post threatens to steal some of their thunder when they finally release their real story. As demonstrated by how they handled their wedding, they don't want any reports raising anticipation for the event until they're ready to officially announce it.
On the flip side, the story has pushed further aside all talk about the audition process, which was already on the wane. It is however ridiculous to suggest that she needed this to distract people from the issue because it will surely come up when she meets the press in both Telluride and TIFF. And I am sure she, Rithy Panh and the casting directors are eager to correct the misconceptions.
All their prior official statements have been released through AP.
Once again, they've used ET for a low-key clarification. All their quotes are always carefully worded to avoid saying anything that is blatantly false or misleading:
"There's a pause in the process because they both made children the priority, but nothing significant has changed in their relationship. Both have demonstrated great civility recently for their kids."
“There isn’t one in the works,” "these things always take a long time, and right now their main focus is on their family and the kids."
They've continued to use the same hints they've consistently given from the start: "their main focus is on their family and the kids." is very similar to what appeared in TMZ's report last Sept. 30 after the release of DCFS' recommendations: "her focus is to "heal" her family and her children." The distinction serves to emphasize that " family" refers to both of them and the children. As Angelina said repeatedly, they are, always and forever will be a family.
A source told DailyMail.com that the ‘divorce process has significantly slowed down but there has been no real change’.The insider claimed that the former couple ‘are getting along for the sake of their children’.
Gossip Cop rushed out its own rebuttal which I found very curious because it was written without any input from anyone directly connected to them. The site regularly touts that they are able to check with a rep or a source "close to," but in this instance they were reduced to writing: "Gossip Cop also reached out to reps for both Jolie and Pitt for comment." It was an admission that the reps declined to give them a statement, which left them unable to substantiate a bread and butter denial, but they were unwilling to miss out on the huge hits the headline would generate so they churned out a very shaky one anyway. They turned to other sources they described as "those in the know" and "one of our contacts," who were blatantly ignorant of the family's situation. Anyone describing Angelina's actions as being "scorched earth" clearly has no clue as to what happened with the children and the actions the DCFS took, and would have no clue on what is really happening with the family. These sources are plainly just reliant on tabloid reports, favoring the trashiest ones critical of Angelina. GC's desire to quote them making ill-informed and baseless speculations in order to score hits reveals the site's hypocrisy about posting rumors and gossip. I do not normally read Gossip Cop because I find they give little of value. This report not only reinforces that view, it also fatally damages their credibility and their raison d'etre. After this, I will not waste my time further with Gossip Cop.
What is much more interesting here is the apparent decision to give a statement only to ET.
ET has been a preferred site from the start together with Hello, People and Vanity Fair. (It remains to be seen what effect the recent controversy will have on their relationship with VF.) So far, none of the three other sites have posted or even tweeted about the reports. They've given denials before where their denials were carried by more outlets than had the original story, but this time it was very limited and perfunctory despite the story's wide coverage.
They denied that they were about to get married weeks before they did, so I had expected that they would give a firmer and broader response.
The conclusion from their actions so far is: they wanted to give a token clarification since total silence would be seen as tacit admission of the entire report but they are OK with leaving most people with the impression that the Us story may have some basis. They've always been conscious of managing expectations and this certainly primes the public.
IF Brad is still being tested, it would not be by his legal counsel but by a doctor, likely Dr. Robert Waldman, an addiction expert based in Marina Del Rey who is identified in the Custody Stipulation. Angelina's rep said at the time the stipulation was filed that Brad had volunteered to submit to random drug and alcohol testing -- i.e. he volunteered to have that provision included in the Stipulation. As noted, there have been no filings since January 31 so the Custody Stipulation has not yet been set aside by order of the court. But it can no longer be enforced since a private judge does not have the power to enforce it.
A source told DailyMail.com: 'Brad didn't touch a drop of alcohol all weekend and stuck to drinking English breakfast tea.
'He said he was being tested on a weekly basis by his legal counsel and didn't want to f**k up being able to see his children.' Reps for both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been contacted by DailyMail.com in regards to the claims.
2:21 PM PDT, August 09, 2017
... a source tells ET that, "There’s a pause in the [divorce] process because they both made children the priority, but nothing significant has changed in their relationship."
The source adds that there is no animosity between Pitt and Jolie right now, noting that "both have demonstrated great civility recently for their kids."As for a reconciliation?“There isn’t one in the works,” the source says, pointing out that the reason it's taking so long to finalize the divorce is because "these things always take a long time, and right now their main focus is on their family and the kids."
Angelina Jolie saw it as a fresh start. Following her September 2016 filing for divorce from Brad Pitt, she and their six children spent nine months living out of suitcases in various Malibu rentals. But in June, the actress, 42, along with Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11 and 9-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, unpacked in a newly purchased 11,000 square-foot mansion in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood. Calling the six-bedroom, 10-bathroom estate “a big jump forward for us,” in the September issue of Vanity Fair, the Oscar winner said, “We’re all trying our best to heal our family.”
They may be headed for a full recovery. Nearly a year after Jolie separated from Pitt — following a much-discussed, dramatic plane trip where the actor, 53, and Maddox reportedly got into a heated altercation — she’s second-guessing her choice, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “The divorce is off,” says the source. “They haven’t done anything to move it forward in several months and no one thinks they are ever going to.”
Jolie’s indecision is shocking considering her behavior in the immediate aftermath of the split. Fed up with the War Machine star after years of fighting, claims one insider, she set out to paint him as a villain. At the time, the insider alleged that people in Jolie’s inner circle were “running a smear campaign” against the actor, who was accused of infidelity and physical abuse. But in the months that followed, Jolie’s passion for her partner of 12 years led her to regret her decisions. Explains the source, “She’s still so in love with him.”
Her change of heart coincided with Pitt’s own about-face. The actor, who confessed to GQ he was “boozing” so much that he “could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka,” gave up alcohol cold turkey. (In the May cover story, he noted he’d been sticking to cranberry juice and fizzy water for the prior six months.)
As he fought for joint custody of their children, Pitt also faced his own parental shortcomings. “I grew up with a father-knows-best/war mentality — the father is all-powerful, superstrong — instead of really knowing the man and his own self-doubt and struggles,” the two-time Golden Globe winner, raised in a conservative home in Springfield, Missouri, explained to the mag. “And it’s hit me smack in the face with our divorce: I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven’t been great at it.”
His determination to improve himself warmed Jolie. The United Nations special envoy for refugees had confessed to friends that she’d consider taking Pitt back “if he showed he was committed to raising a family,” says a Jolie pal.
And his decision to ditch alcohol was a great first step. “He got sober to try and win her back,” explains the source. “He knew he had a problem that he had to take care of. And that’s all she ever wanted.”
With the divorce currently in limbo, the source says the couple could make the next step together. “Everyone thinks they are going to get back together,” says the source. “It wouldn’t be surprising if they announced that they’re calling it off and trying to work things out.”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have pressed pause on their divorce proceedings.
Nearly a year after the A-list actress and humanitarian filed for divorce from her husband of two years and partner of 12, a source tells E! News things have come to a stand still. "It's true that the divorce is not moving forward right now. They are taking a breather and seeing what happens," the insider explains.
Both Angelina and Brad have discussed the fallout of their bombshell split in separate interviews, including the negative impact on their six children (ages 16-9) as well as their personal lives. The Maleficent star recently moved her family into a $25 million Los Angeles home, an adjustment she described to Vanity Fair as a "big jump forward for us," while Brad is now sober.
"I was a professional. I was good," the actor told GQ Style in reference to his drinking habits. "[But I didn't] want to live that way anymore."
It's these shifts, we're told, that has led the exes to reconsider. Our source says,"They don't take divorce lightly and want to make sure they are doing the right thing."
"A lot has changed since Angelina filed," the source notes, adding that Pitt's sobriety has "really changed" their relationship. A separate insider adds, "Brad has been working on self-improvement."
So is an official reconciliation just over the horizon? Not necessarily, as the insider says Brad and Angelina's future is "up in the air" for the time being. "Things can change quickly," the source adds, "but they aren't pursuing the divorce at this time."
...The magazine repeatedly contends Jolie is having second thoughts, but never once says Pitt is also considering a reunion. And Gossip Cop is told he isn’t, and the couple is not on the verge of getting “back together.” They are still in the process of getting divorced, we’re exclusively assured, and it’s far-fetched, say those in the know, that after Jolie’s scorched-earth approach in the immediate aftermath of the breakup that they would be reconciling.
One of our contacts also questions the timing of this cover story, as it comes after Jolie’s controversial Vanity Fair interview, and wonders whether she is trying to change the direction of the conversation surrounding her. Gossip Cop also reached out to reps for both Jolie and Pitt for comment.
Gossip Cop is assured by an impeccable insider that the process has simply “slowed down.” “They aren’t reconsidering anything,” says an individual close to the situation, who adds, “At least he isn’t.”
Another source speculated that perhaps the spin about Pitt and Jolie possibly reconciling is a “way to distract from her Vanity Fair debacle about the Cambodia kids casting call.” Regardless of why or who is feeding this narrative about Jolie and Pitt “not moving forward” with their divorce, it’s wrong. Gossip Cop has reached out to reps for Jolie and Pitt for comments.
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Sitting with Pitt for some three hours in a Hollywood hotel suite, I found him thinner than I’d expected, younger-looking and surprisingly candid.
“I’ve always been at war with myself, for right or wrong,” he said. “I don’t know how to explain it more. There’s that constant argument going on in your head about this or that. It’s universal. Some people are better at dealing with it, and they sleep with no pain — not pain, arguments. I’ve grown quite comfortable with being at war.”
He didn’t elaborate, but he then spoke revealingly about his and then-partner Jolie’s plans to marry.
“We’d actually like to, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids,” he said. “We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”
This was a blunder. Clearly, Jolie did not appreciate his revelation, and after a firestorm ensued, when his words ripped through the social media shredder, Pitt backtracked — though in a way I rather admired. He didn’t question the accuracy of the quote or fall back on the old “taken out of context.” Instead, he said he had misspoken, allowing me to keep my dignity even as his was slightly dinged.
Weeks later, he and Jolie married.