Angelina Jolie has always made headlines. Be it her blockbuster movies, her marriages, or the controversies surrounding her children's adoptions. In 2021, amid her custody battle with her third husband, Brad Pitt, she reportedly rekindled an old flame with Johnny Lee Miller, her first husband.
Angelina Jolie has gained fame with her vast characters as a suspicious super spy, a glamorous computer wizard, a brave wife in mourning, and a mysterious mental patient, among other roles.
However, her career is only part of why fans cannot get enough of her. Her personal life has also been a source of controversy and amusement among her fans.
Actress Angelina Jolie speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol February 9, 2022 in Washington, DC | Source: Getty Images
While her third marriage and divorce from fellow film star Brad Pitt became one of the most publicized headline hitters, many do not know that she was married before to Johnny Lee Miller and then to Billy Bob Thornton.
Miller and Jolie started dating in 1995 while they both worked on "Hackers." They, however, lost touch once the film ended but reconnected later and made their relationship official with a March 1996 wedding, attended only by Miller's friend and Jolie's mother.
The marriage made headlines after it was revealed that Jolie had used her blood to write her husband-to-be's name on the white T-shirt she had borrowed from him for the nuptials.
Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie in a scene from the film 'Hackers', 1995 | Source: Getty Images
Jolie was 20 while Miller was 22. And even though they seemed like the perfect fit for each other, their union was, unfortunately, short-lived, and 18 months after marrying, they split after the "Wanted" actress filed for divorce.
Jolie would later regret the divorce, saying she and Miller had never fought or hurt each other. She had wanted to commit to him and be his wife. Jolie told B magazine, as Page Six reports:
"Divorcing Miller 'was probably the dumbest thing I've ever done.'"
Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie during ''Peace One Day'' New York City Screening - Inside Arrivals and Green Room at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. | Source: Getty Images
They, however, remained close friends, even after they both moved on with their respective partners. After the divorce became final in 1999, "The Tourist" actress moved on soon after, marrying Billy Bob Thornton in 2000, after a two-month courtship.
Their marriage made gory headlines, with the duo wearing each other's blood in vials around their necks. The union did not last, and the two divorced in 2003.
A year later, the actress met her third husband, Brad Pitt, on the set of "Mr & Mrs. Smith," and they hit it off. Her marriage to the "True Story" actor would be her longest. The two raised six kids together, but that did not last as Jolie filed for divorce in 2016.
JOLIE AND PITT'S DIVORCE
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the premiere of "By the Sea" at the 2015 AFI Fest at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
Jolie and Pitt had been together for twelve years and married for two when the actress filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
TMZ reported that Jolie stated the trigger of the divorce was a conflict over the methods Pitt used to raise their kids, as well as substance abuse and anger problems on Pitt's side.
A source told Us Weekly that the incident that pushed Jolie to file was when the family was aboard their family jet and Pitt seemed drunk and was shouting at the children.
Angelina Jolie and Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt seen attending The Eternals - UK film premiere afterparty at Maison Estelle on October 27, 2021 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Maddox, one of the couple's children, stepped forward to defend Jolie from the unruly Pitt, getting in his face. However, there had been no abuse of the children, with Pitt confessing that he did scream but did not harm the kids.
The publication also noted that while Pitt and Jolie had constantly been fighting, Pitt only learned that Jolie was filing for divorce a day before she did it.
TMZ would later report that Jolie was asking for physical custody of the couple's six children, asking the judge to grant Pitt visitation only. She wanted Pitt to have joint custody of the children but exempt him from physical custody.
Maddox, Vivienne, Angelina Jolie, Knox, Shiloh,, and Zahara Jolie-Pitt attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Eternals" on October 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
She was "fed up" with Pitt's parenting methods, claiming that his use of substances mixed with anger issues was dangerous for the children. Jolie's entertainment attorney seconded the filing, saying that Jolie decided to file for the family's health.
TMZ went on to state that there had been no involvement of a third party, and Jolie's decision was entirely based on Pitt's interaction with the children. She also did not file for spousal support. She also disclosed to the court that Pitt had shirked child support since the custody battle began.
PITT GOT CUSTODY OF THE CHILDREN
Nearly five years since Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, the custody battle over their children took an unexpected turn. In 2021, the judge overseeing the case ruled in favor of Pitt, allowing him more time with his children.
Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Brad Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Jolie-Pitt attend the premiere of "Unbroken" at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on December 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
The judge reportedly decided after listening to people who'd spent time with the kids, professional evaluators, and therapists. However, reports said Jolie would challenge the ruling as joint custody was not the primary issue she had objected to.
Despite the court ruling, Jolie disclosed that her decision to separate from Pitt had been well-considered and deliberate. "I felt I had to separate from the father of my children." She said.
REKINDLING AN OLD FLAME?
Amid her custody battle, Jolie seemed to have reconnected with her first love, ex-husband Miller. In June 2021, the "Wanted" actress was pictured arriving at her ex-husband's apartment building in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York.
Angelina Jolie & Jonny Lee Miller Attend The Bafta British Academy Film Awards At London's Grosvenor House Hotel. in 1998 | Source: Getty Images
She wore a long tan trench coat and a Louis Vuitton purse and carried a pricey bottle of Peter Michael wine. She arrived alone and re-emerged three hours later, around 10:30 p.m. With their romantic history, her visit begs the question. Could they be rekindling their old romance?
Months later, photos of the actress returning for a second visit alongside her son Pax, 17, emerged. The Sun also revealed that Miller and his son Buster, 12, had spent time with Jolie's 12-year-old son Knox.
Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie are seen on July 23, 2021 in Paris, France. | Source Getty Images
An insider told The Sun that while Jolie and Pax only stayed at Miller's a short while, Jolie was excited about the prospects of one day moving to New York, as Pax kept insisting they do:
"She's glad he'll have someone she trusts around for him to go to for advice or just to see a friendly face."
Justin Sylvester, an E! Daily Pop host, joked that Jolie could not possibly be going to see a friend with a made-up face. There had to be something more going on. "You know why she's doing it?" He asked. "It's hard to find a man who is gonna accept you with six kids. And it's even harder when you've just been through a rough divorce."
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