They were married for five years and were at one stage arguably Hollywood’s most high-profile power couple. Today, though, the relationship between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie lies in tatters.
Dubbed ‘Brangelina’ in the media, the A-listers famously fell in love on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, embarking on a romance that made headlines all over the world.
In 2016, however, Jolie filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. She also moved to request sole custody of the pairs six children, Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, Zahara, Vivienne and Knox.
Fast forward to today and Pitt and Jolie’s acrimonious separation is still the subject of drama.
According to reports, Jolie recently submitted a private email to the courts as evidence to back up certain claims as the couple fight over a French winery worth some $164 million.
RadarOnline say that Jolie sent the email in question to Pitt in 2021, outlining her desire to sell her share of the Chateau Miraval estate. The Hollywood heavyweights purchased the business while still married and reportedly planned to leave it to their kids.
Yet Pitt sued Jolie after she sold her stake to a third-party company named Stoli. Pitt alleges Stoli was run by Russia Oligarch Yuri Shefler, also claiming that his ex-wife promised not to make any kind of sale without his consent.
Pitt was in turn then hit with a $250 million lawsuit by Jolie’s former company Nouvel, which she sold in the deal. Nouvel accused Pitt of misusing Chateau’s assets.
In response to Pitt alleging that she had promised not to sell her stake without his approval, Jolie has now produced a series of documents to strengthen her claim that she never consented to such an agreement.
Amongst the documents is an email Jolie sent to her ex-husband on January 21, 2021 informing her of her wish to sell her stake in the Chateau business.
“I am putting this in writing so as not to get emotional,” reads the email, as per RadarOnline.
“I have reached a painful decision, with a heavy heart, that I want to share with you. You know how much I wanted to buy Miraval, as a family business, as a place for us to visit together, and as a place to hold diplomatic and humanitarian meetings. Above all, it is the place we brought the twins home to, and where we were married over a plaque in my mother’s memory. A place that held the promise of what could be and where I thought I would grow old. Even now impossible to write this without crying. I will treasure my memories of what it was a decade ago.”
The iconic actress went on: “But it is also the place that marks the beginning of the end of our family — and a business that is centered around alcohol.
“I have tried to stay open to the business, to see it as something that could be positive for our family, and have therefore not walked away. I had hoped somehow it could become something that held us together and we found light and peace. I see now how you really wanted me out and will most likely be pleased to receive this email.”
The email continues: “In the past four years I have seen lots of inconsiderate behavior, money spent in ways that I would not have approved, and decisions made that I was not consulted on. I’ve been hurt by decisions that have been made that show no interest in sharing the business or changing it fundamentally into something that would be healthier for our children.”
“Most of all, I was shaken by the recent imagery that was released to sell the alcohol. I find it irresponsible and not something I would want the children to see. It reminded me of painful times.
“All of this tells me very clearly that the vision you and the others in the business have is not one I can share. I do not feel I can be involved, publicly or privately, in a business based on alcohol, when alcoholic behavior harmed our family so deeply.”
Jolie stated that she supported Pitt selling the company and moving away from that chapter in their lives. She also said that if the Troy star didn’t like that proposal, she would agree to a buyout of her share.
“In either case, I believe we need to move forward in order to heal and focus on where our family comes together, and where we have positives associates,” she continued.
“And to do so quickly. I hope we can reach a decision on this privately, as I do not wish to expose family issues or harm the business of the families involved.
“I cannot begin to express how upsetting it is for me to have to reach this point. Your dream for your relationship to the business and the alcohol is your own and you’ve made it painfully clear. I wish you all the best with the business, and sincerely hope that the children feel differently about Miraval when they are older, and visit you there. But Miraval for me died September 2016, and everything I have seen in the years since has sadly confirmed that.”
Concluding, Jolie wrote: “I hope to receive an answer from you both within the next two weeks, as I have been very patient until this point in continuing to invest and support the business, and would prefer not to have to pursue other routes to divest myself or my share in it.”
According to RadarOnline, Pitt remains unperturbed by his wife’s actions in court.
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