How Angelina Jolie Is Cleverly Using Son Maddox To Get At Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt — or Brangelina, as they were once called — used to be one of Hollywood’s most famous couples. However, ever since they broke up in 2016, Jolie and Pitt have been engaged in a messy custody battle over their six children, which does not seem to have an end in sight.

Things seem to have gotten more ugly when their oldest son, Maddox, left for college last month. It has been reported that Jolie is using this opportunity with Maddox to get back at Pitt.

Maddox has a strained relationship with Brad Pitt

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Maddox is Jolie’s first child. She adopted him from Cambodia in 2002 when he was only seven months old. Jolie was in a relationship with Billy Bob Thornton at the time, but she adopted Maddox by herself and Thornton was not claimed as the boy’s father.

In 2006, after Jolie and Brad Pitt began a serious relationship together, Pitt adopted Maddox as his son. For several years, Jolie and Pitt seemed like they had the perfect Hollywood family. However, after they filed for divorce, reports began surfacing that indicated perhaps Maddox and Pitt might have had a rocky relationship with each other.

For one thing, it has been said that Jolie and Pitt’s breakup came about after Pitt drank too much on a flight to Los Angeles from Nice, France. On the plane, the actor fought with Maddox. Things got so bad that Jolie reportedly had the kids stayed in another part of the private jet until they landed.

After that, their relationship went downhill. An insider even told Elle that “Maddox doesn’t really see himself as Brad’s son.”

When Maddox turned 16 in 2017, it was rumored that Pitt was not allowed to attend Maddox’s birthday party. Last Christmas, Maddox also did not go to Pitt’s house with his siblings to open presents. And when Maddox was choosing which college to attend this fall, it was reported that he never told Pitt about it, leaving the latter to find out the news via the media.

How Angelina Jolie is using Maddox to get back at Brad Pitt

Recently, Maddox talked to a reporter who caught up with him at Yonsei University in South Korea, where he is currently studying. When asked if Pitt has plans to visit Maddox at his new school, the 18-year-old said: “Um, I don’t know about that … what’s happening [with that].”

Maddox also did not have much to say about the relationship between him and Pitt. He simply stated: “Whatever happens, happens.”

On the surface, this video might have looked like that of Maddox being approached by a random reporter from out of nowhere. However, Page Six reported that, according to an insider, the interview might have been planned beforehand. Perhaps it was a deliberate move from Jolie’s people to make Pitt look bad.

“Maddox seemed prepared for the interview,” the source noted. “He wasn’t trying to fend off the interviewer — so people in the industry think maybe it’s an effort by Jolie’s camp to stir things up, even though things have been relatively calm.”

It is also important to point out that the video was produced by Coleman-Rayner, the same agency that worked with Meghan Markle’s father to release faked paparazzi photos.

Can Brad Pitt improve his relationship with Maddox?

There are still a lot of things that we don’t know about Maddox and Pitt’s relationship, so it is hard to tell what needs to be done in order for both of them to be on friendly terms again.

However, Pitt seems to be making serious efforts to have a better relationship with all of his kids. For example, he notably sought treatment for his alcohol problems and has been sober for quite a while now. He is reportedly also trying to live a healthier life and be a better version of himself.

In July, Jolie also allowed Pitt to spend time with the children in Los Angeles while she was busy filming in New Mexico. It shows that there is some progress made in the custody battle, and perhaps with time, Pitt and Maddox could have an improved relationship.