Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt and Estranged Dad Brad Pitt's Complicated Relationship

Bettina Dizon
Apr 21, 2020
12:20 P.M.
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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.

Brad Pitt with children Pax, Shiloh and Maddox arrives for the Premiere Of Universal Studios' "Unbroken" held at The Dolby Theatre on December 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images



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.

Angelina Jolie (R) and son Maddox Jolie-Pitt attend the Japan premiere of 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' on October 03, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. | Source: Getty Images


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.

Maddox Jolie-Pitt is seen at the entrance ceremony for Yonsei University on August 26, 2019 in Incheon, South Korea. | Source: Getty Images


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.

Brad Pitt attends the 'Fury' Press Conference at Conrad Hotel on November 13, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. | Source: Getty Images


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.”


Recently, as the coronavirus pandemic made its way across the world, Maddox returned home to California, following the shutdown of his university’s campus.

Angelina Jolie with her sons, Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt (L) and Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt arrive to "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" premiere on September 11, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. | Source: Getty Images


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.

Angelina Jolie with children Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt attend "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind" Special Screening at Crosby Street Hotel on February 25, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images


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.

Brad Pitt, winner of Best Picture for "12 Years a Slave", poses in the press room during the Oscars at Loews Hollywood Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images


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.


Jolie adopted Maddox from Cambodia in 2002 when he was only seven months old and before she and Pitt confirmed their relationship in 2006.

L-R) Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Zahara Narley Jolie-Pitt and Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt arrive at the premiere of Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil" at the El Capitan Theatre on September 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


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.

Angelina Jolie, Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt attend the premiere of Disney's "Dumbo" at El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


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.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's "Maleficent" are exhibited in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital at Kensington Palace on May 8, 2014 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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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