Brad Pitt dominated the 2020 awards season, scooping up all of the major awards for her performance as stunt man Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood. While most of the discussion has been about Pitt’s on point and hilarious speeches, Pitt did get heartfelt while accepting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. As he wrapped up his speech, he gave a loving nod to his kids:
“This is for my kids, who color everything I do. I adore you.”
Pitt has previously refrained from talking about his kids publicly because “he knows simply acknowledging his children in a speech could attract unwanted attention” a source told TMZ.
Pitt has been struggling with his relationship with his old son Maddox since his split with Angelina Jolie. An undisclosed incident on a private airplane was the final straw for the former couple and Child Protective Services was involved in the aftermath. Since then, Pitt and Maddox have been estranged.
Maddox is currently attending university in South Korea, and he was asked about his relationship with his dad, to which he cryptically replied “Whatever happens, happens.”
However, the relationship might be on the mend. Pitt allegedly skipped the BAFTAs in order to spend some time with Maddox. A source told The Sun:
“Maddox gave Brad the chance to talk and he dropped everything. Maddox has been away at university so when Brad found out he was going to be around and they could have a conversation, he canceled the UK trip.”
Now, according to In Touch, “Maddox finally forgave his dad.” The two are allegedly “slowly” repairing their relationship after nearly four years of estrangement and they “spent quality one-on-one time together.”
While Pitt doesn’t often directly reference his family, he has talked candidly about parenthood in the past, especially with regards to his film Ad Astra. He told CNN:
“My individual experience is somewhat universal, in the fact that you know our parents, our universe, our gods, our first imprint on on how to behave, react, feel in the world. And with that, to different degrees, some of us more than others, carry pain and confusion from that. I think it almost takes a lifetime to understand what was yours, and what was theirs.
My dad always said he wanted to give me a better life than he had coming from extreme poverty, and he did it. And it makes me think, as a dad, what do I have to offer that’s better than I had, to my kids?”