Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are currently engaged in a tough custody battle for their six children. During the divorce, Pitt’s relationship with his kids has been constantly scrutinized. His strained relationship with his oldest son Maddox Jolie-Pitt is what is garnering the most attention.
Maddox, who was adopted by Jolie in 2002, allegedly never saw himself as Pitt’s son and was the most estranged from Pitt after Brangelina’s breakup. However, things could be turning around for the family as there are recent reports that Jolie is looking to mend the relationship between Maddox and Pitt.
Brad Pitt and Maddox reportedly had a big fight before the divorce
Many people who have been following the news about Jolie and Pitt’s divorce are probably aware of the alleged fight on a private jet that was the final straw for their marriage.
According to sources, the entire Jolie-Pitt family was flying from Nice, France, to Los Angeles when Pitt, who had too much to drink, got into a big fight with Maddox on the plane. News outlets reported the actor was also being abusive to his other children. The situation got so bad that Jolie had the kids stay in another part of the plane before they landed.
Pitt was cleared of any wrongdoings later on, though a lot of onlookers seem to agree that the situation on the jet was not a good one. Afterward, Jolie filed for divorce.
Pitt’s relationship with Maddox also worsened. While the other kids continued to see their father here and there, Maddox allegedly skipped on some of those hangouts. Maddox kept his college search from Pitt as well, and the actor did not know which school his son was going to attend until it was announced in the media.
Maddox talked to the press about his strained relationship with Brad Pitt
In late August, Maddox moved to South Korea to attend the prestigious Yonsei University. There, he ran into a reporter and opened up about his relationship with Pitt.
When asked if Pitt would visit him at college, Maddox responded: “I don’t know about that … what’s happening [with that].”
He also did not share positive news about his and Pitt’s relationship, simply saying: “Whatever happens, happens.”
A source told Page Six that the video looked suspiciously rehearsed, hinting at the fact that perhaps Jolie set it up on purpose to spite Pitt.
“Maddox seemed prepared for the interview,” the source shared. “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.”
The video was produced by Coleman-Rayner, the same company that worked with Meghan Markle’s father to release faked paparazzi photos prior to the royal wedding.
Angelina Jolie might be trying to reconnect Maddox and Brad Pitt
Of course, it’s hard to tell whether Jolie had intentions to get back at Pitt or not. In any case, Us Weekly recently revealed that she might be trying to do the opposite these days. An insider shared with the outlet that she is working hard on repairing Pitt and Maddox’s relationship.
“Brad has talked to Angelina about visiting Maddox in Seoul,” the source said. “Angelina has been trying to heal the rift between father and son.”
However, this could take a while as the insider added that, unfortunately, “Maddox hasn’t been receptive.” Nevertheless, Pitt continues to remain positive and trust that Jolie is doing her best.
At this point, only time will tell whether or not Jolie and Pitt can resolve their differences for the custody battle and if Pitt’s relationship with his oldest son can improve.