After a reported fall out between Brad Pitt and his Son Maddox in 2016, it looks like a possible mending of their relationship could be on the horizon.
Reports claim that the estranged father and son met up in earlier in February and may have been in communication for a while. Their meeting could be the reason why Pitt skipped the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards on February 2, where he won an award due to his performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Previously, the reason for Pitt skipping the BAFTAs was reported as unkown “family obligations.” Which I guess holds true, but a source reported new information to The Sun bringing some specificity to the claims, where one of Pitt’s friends stated:
“Being a father is the most important thing in his life and he would do anything to repair their relationship.
Maddox has been away at university so when Brad found out he was going to be around and they could have a conversation, he cancelled the UK trip.”
The alleged incident rumored to have caused this extreme tension between Maddox Jolie-Pitt and his father happened on a private plane during September 2016, when the two were flying from France to L.A. with the rest of the family. Brad and Angelina were allegedly arguing when Maddox is reported to have stepped in at the defense of his mother and Pitt allegedly lunged at his son and made contact in some way, according to TMZ.
Following the incident, there was a child abuse investigation and Pitt and Jolie were divorced. Brad was cleared in the investigation, but the tensions led to a strained relationship between him and Maddox.
In 2019, during the estrangement, Maddox moved to South Korea where he attends Yonsei University, which made it all the more difficult for the father and son to mend.
Not long after moving out of the United States, Maddox was asked during an interview whether or not he thought his father would visit him soon in South Korea. To which he replied:
“Um, I don’t know about that … what’s happening. Whatever happens, happens.” Suggesting that fixing their bond wasn’t something in the works at the time.
Brad Pitt admittedly struggles from a long history of drug and alcohol use that he claims were pacifiers he used as a way to run away from feelings. Though he reports not to have used any drugs other than alcohol since starting his family, he also tells us in a GQ interview that alcohol was still a big problem.
Moving forward, Pitt replaced alcohol with cranberry juice and claims to have “the cleanest urinary tract in all of L.A.”
When asked how he was renovating himself, he responded:
“Yeah, you start by removing all the decor and decorations, I think. You get down to the structure.”