With millions of dollars and the best divorce lawyers money can buy, celebrity couples can usually get a divorce granted relatively quickly. But almost seven long years after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt announced they were no longer Brangelina, the estranged exes are still battling it out to have their divorce finalised.
First and foremost, there’s been the long-running, and very bitter, battle for custody over their six children, Maddox, 21, Pax, 19, Zahara, 18, Shiloh, 17 and 14-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Over the years, both sides have remained steadfast in their narratives: Jolie, 48, claims Pitt was an abusive partner who tore their family apart, while Pitt, 59, alleges Jolie is simply out for vengeance and acting out of spite.
There’s been allegations of child abuse against Pitt, his own admissions about his alcohol addictions, leaked documents and constant court battles. There was even a momentary truce between the pair in April 2019, when a judge “bifurcated” their marriage and rendered Jolie and Pitt officially single, even as the other murky areas of their divorce were still being resolved.
“Brad and Angelina have come a long way,” a source told ET at the time. “While they don't agree about everything, they rarely argue now.”
Fast forward a few years and their divorce has gotten uglier than ever. Now, the heart of the conflict is the dispute over the ownership of their Chateau Miraval winery in the south of France. It’s the romantic spot where the once-besotted couple married in 2014, a dreamy 35-room mansion surrounded by a moat, fountains, a pond, a chapel and a vineyard. In her own words, Jolie described Miraval as, “A place that held the promise of what could be and where I thought I would grow old.”
It was also a highly profitable commercial business for Pitt and Jolie, raking in US$50 million in 2021 alone from its signature wine, Miraval Côtes de Provence rosé, as well as olive oil, honey and a skincare line.