Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt and Estranged Dad Brad Pitt's Complicated Relationship
Brad Pitt and his eldest adopted son, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, may not have a relationship like they did before, which the actor considers a “tremendous loss.”
Although fathers and sons usually have disagreements and arguments, Brad Pitt’s fight with his son Maddox Jolie-Pitt drove him to feel estranged.
Their broken and complicated relationship made headlines several times as the possibility of reconciliation seemed gloomy for the two.
THEIR COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP
In 2019, a source told Us that “Maddox hasn’t been receptive” despite Angelina Jolie’s efforts to help mend the relationship. Meanwhile, the teen’s father sees it as “a tremendous loss.”
The strained relationship stemmed from an alleged altercation during a family trip to L.A. on the former couple’s private jet in 2016 and worsened after Jolie filed for divorce in 2017.
Pitt was reportedly intoxicated during the time of their argument but was cleared of allegations by the FBI and Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services.
During the holidays, Maddox and his brother Pax refused to spend Christmas with their father to open presents.
While in the process of divorce, Pitt had a drug and alcohol test to also have custody of his children, as well as hired a sober coach and went to therapy.
“[Maddox and Pax] spend more time with their friends and are busy doing their own thing. They spend less time than they used to with the younger kids and the family,” a source claimed.
When asked about visiting Maddox at Yonsei University in South Korea, the actor had no idea what to answer. “Whatever happens, happens,” he said about their strained relationship.
On the other hand, Jolie, who has a close relationship with his son, felt emotional as she sent him off to college. She said:
“I’m so proud of him. I’m so excited. I feel like my world expands as their world expands. I learn so much from them, and I love this stage.”
MADDOX RETURNS HOME
Recently, as the coronavirus pandemic made its way across the world, Maddox returned home to California, following the shutdown of his university’s campus.
The freshman participated in online classes like several students around the globe, which came as “a huge disappointment for him” but allowed the teen to spend time with family.
A source shared that both his parents are “relieved” to have him back home as they remain “protective” of their eldest child.
Maddox was supposed to begin a new semester in March before the coronavirus broke out rapidly in South Korea, causing classes to be suspended for safety measures.
On the bright side of things, Maddox and Pitt’s relationship reportedly “improved” over the years, which reflected when Pitt skipped the BAFTAS, where he won Best Supporting Actor, to see his son who just got back home from a break.
While Maddox is back home and closer to his family, the father and son duo hope to have more time spent together, which can hopefully mend their broken relationship.
“BRANGELINA” IN THE MAKING
Jolie adopted Maddox from Cambodia in 2002 when he was only seven months old and before she and Pitt confirmed their relationship in 2006.
The Hollywood stars met on the set of their 2004 film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and went to Ethiopia the following year to adopt Zahara.
In 2006, the two had their first biological daughter Shiloh, followed by twins Knox and Vivienne. In between the birth of their children, the couple adopted a son named Pax.
Pitt adopted all of Jolie’s children during the course of their relationship and made them his number one priority with his ex-wife.
During the divorce process, Pitt took a drug and alcohol test in the bid to gain custody of his children. He also hired a sober coach and went to therapy.
The divorce was as high-profile as their marriage and made headlines around the globe. Jolie cited irreconcilable differences and requested for sole physical custody of the kids, which complicated things further.
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