It’s officially been one year since the world was stunned by news that Angelina Jolie had filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after only two years of marriage and more than a decade as Hollywood’s premiere A-List couple. Now, one year later, where do they stand?
The shock over Jolie filing for divorce from Pitt, with whom she’d been linked since 2005, a few months after he and Jennifer Aniston had announced their own plans to end their marriage, was intense when the announcement first broke, with several people taking to Twitter to express fears that the super couple’s split meant love was truly dead.
nooooo #brangelina you were my fave couple _
— Lucy Watson (@imLucyWatson) September 20, 2016
If a couple with millions of dollars, six kids and a brand of overpriced rose wine can't make it, we should all just give up now #brangelina
— Joanna Hausmann (@Joannahausmann) September 20, 2016
However, in the time since the divorce news first broke, things got even more shocking and unexpected. After initial reports Pitt had cheated on her with his “Allied” co-star Marion Cotillard were proven false, allegations that Pitt had been abusive towards their six children surfaced.
Initially, reports surfaced that Jolie had filed for divorce because she thought Pitt’s habits, including “consumption of weed and possibly alcohol” had created a “dangerous” environment for their six children—Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne. That was shortly followed up with allegations he had been abusive towards the children in the past, after news broke that the FBI was investigating one particular incident with Pitt, where he was reportedly drunk on a flight with the family one week before the divorce filing and had an altercation with Maddox.
“He got drunk and was fighting with Angie. Maddox stepped in to defend Angie and got in Brad’s face,” a source said at the time.
While the investigation was underway, Jolie retained sole physical custody of the kids, and Pitt was granted some supervised visitation. There was also mandated family therapy, and Pitt was required to submit to drug and alcohol testing.
The investigation into Pitt was later officially dropped and allegations were deemed false. Following his being cleared, Pitt then filed for joint physical custody of the kids. Things still remained nasty for a while, with several conflicting reports in the tabloids about both, especially after Pitt asked to seal the custody battle records. Finally, in…