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There is an aura about Brad Pitt.
He's been around for decades: as an actor, as a celebrity and as many people's ultimate hall pass.
The world has followed him from his beginnings in Thelma & Louise, to his 2020 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, and all the cinematic success in between. He's an incredibly talented actor, and is a pretty safe bet for those making the film industry's financial decisions.
Fans, and tabloids, have watched his personal life play out with interest too: from his early relationships with co-stars like Juliette Lewis to his matching haircut with then-fiance Gwyneth Paltrow.
Hollywood found its fairytale relationship when Pitt married Jennifer Aniston in 2000, and the entire world watched on in shock when he has spotted playing happy families with Angelina Jolie and her son, Maddox, just one month after Aniston filed for divorce in 2005.
When he and Jolie's relationship deteriorated more than a decade later, with six children involved, things became messy: but in order to know what's going on, you need to do a bit of digging.
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The headlines covering the divorce and custody proceedings have been telling: 'Angelina claims', 'Angelina does this', 'Angelina does that'. The onus is always on Jolie, and most articles contain 'anonymous sources close to Pitt' who portray her as manipulative and vindictive.