Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in 2016, with son Maddox Jolie-Pitt playing an unexpectedly central role in their split and its aftermath. Pitt was allegedly involved in a verbal altercation with Maddox aboard the family’s private jet, which led to him being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations over abuse claims, according to NBC News. (The ‘Bullet Train’ actor was cleared of all charges in November 2016).
Despite claims that Maddox and Pitt’s relationship has been strained since then, The Sun reported that Pitt skipped the 2020 BAFTA Awards in February to spend time with his eldest. Noting that fatherhood is “the most important thing” to Pitt, a source told the outlet, “Maddox gave Brad a chance to talk and he dropped everything.”
However, as of July 2020, the duo appear to be on the run again, with a Us Weekly insider calling their relationship “nonexistent.” When Maddox testified against his father in Pitt’s ongoing custody battle over Jolie in March 2021, an In Touch source described Pitt’s biggest regret as “the broken relationships he’s had with all his children, but Maddox is the toughest,” adding, that he “has” not given up hope for a full reconciliation. Recent reports suggest the actor-producer could still have a long way to go.
Brad Pitt is still struggling to reconnect with son Maddox
Brad Pitt may be living his best life on the Bullet Train press tour, but he’s reportedly missing son Maddox Jolie-Pitt behind closed doors. An insider told In Touch in early August that Pitt “really missed Maddox” and “hit a wall” in his ongoing efforts to repair their relationship. During the happier times of Pitt’s marriage to Angelina Jolie, the source noted, “Brad and Maddox not only bonded on a loving father-son level, but intellectually as well.”
Ironically, it was this special bond between Maddox and Pitt that reportedly convinced Jolie Pitt that she was the one. According to Screen Rant, Baby Maddox looked at Pitt when they met, called him “Dad,” and the rest was history.
Pitt seems to be doing better with his other children these days. Recently, the actor opened up about daughter Shiloh’s viral dance videos with pride, gushed, according to Us Weekly, “It brings a tear to my eye… I don’t know where she got it from. I’m Mr. Two-Left- Feet Here.” Similarly, in an August interview with Vanity Fair, Pitt got emotional while discussing daughter Zahara’s enrollment in Spelman College’s Class of 2026. Pitt expressed his pride Zahara’s intelligence and was happy that his daughter “is going to thrive even more in college.”