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HEART KNOWS SHE IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE

[RELATED WATCH: Funny clip shows clueless Chiz Escudero doing Heart Evangelista's makeup]


SEPTEMBER 21 -“Philippine TV’s Sweetheart” Heart Evangelista-Escudero remains a loyal Kapuso as she renewed last September 19 her exclusive contract with GMA. Heart is very happy to renew her ties with the Kapuso Network. “To GMA, thank you so much. You gave me a second chance in everything. When I started with them, sobrang hirap ng mga pinagdaanan ko and binigyan nila ako ng pagkakataon. I really became the person I never thought I would be with their help,” she said. Present in the contract signing were GMA chairman and chief executive officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, GMA president and chief operating officer Gilberto R. Duavit Jr., GMA executive vice president and chief financial officer Felipe S. Yalong, GMA Entertainment TV’s senior vice president Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA senior assistant vice president for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, senior program manager for ETV Charles Koo and Heart’s manager Arnold Mendoza. Heart considers being a Kapuso the turning point of her career. “GMA really was a huge help for me. I don’t know what would have happened to me if I didn’t move [to GMA]. It was a good decision.” READ MORE...RELATED, WATCH: Funny clip shows clueless Chiz Escudero doing Heart Evangelista's makeup...

ALSO: ABS-CBN's Charo on Kris - She’s welcome back anytime


SEPTEMBER 24 -Charo Santos-Concio and Kris Aquino: The ties still bind
Although retired, Charo Santos-Concio continues to serve as Chief Content Officer (COO) and executive adviser of ABS-CBN, the company she headed for more than 30 years. Through the time that Kris Aquino’s non-renewal of contract was being talked about until Kris signed up with Tony “Mr. T” Tuviera APT Productions (Mr. T co-manages her with Boy Abunda, with the latter in-charge of commercial contracts), Charo was mum, maybe because she was pre-occupied with her movie’s (Ang Babaeng Humayo [The Woman Who Left ]) participation at the filmfests in Venice and Toronto. The other day, Funfare asked Charo about the (non)issue after her homecoming presscon at the ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater. “Actually,” admitted Charo, “I texted her. I wish her all the best and thanked her for all the years that she has worked for ABS-CBN and I acknowledged that she has given so much relief and happiness, and delighted our viewers.” Was Charo slighted (not really offended) by Kris’ decision? (According to reports, when her contract expired, Kris and ABS-CBN did meet a few times but the negotiation failed. Both sides didn’t reveal the reasons why.) “Kahit na sino ang mag-decide umalis…like Aga (Muhlach), Sharon (Cuneta) and Willie (Revillame)…wala akong pagdaramdam, kasi importante kung saan sila masaya,” said Charo. READ MORE...

ALSO: Lea, Sharon, Regine to serenade teachers in Gabay Guro’s grand tribute event


SEPTEMBER 21 -Nine years ago, a group of like-minded PLDT executives banded together for an advocacy for teachers. With a common dream of being a catalyst of change in the lives of teachers, Gabay Guro was born and became the CSR arm under the PLDT-Smart Foundation. Chaye Revilla and the Gabay Guro team of visionaries were propelled by this belief: “Our nation’s children depend on our nation’s teachers to lead them to the future. And this teachers’ month, Gabay Guro gives tribute to those who teach the next generation of nation-builders.” To this day, it managed to thrive on volunteerism – mostly among the ranks of the executives from PLDT and Smart! What transpired after that fateful day revolutionized education-based advocacy efforts in so many levels. It gave birth to a holistic approach that was anchored on the now famous Gabay Guro pillars – Scholarships, Trainings, Housing and Educational Facilities, Livelihood Programs, Broadbanding and Computerization and Teachers’ Tribute. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Brangelina’ - the end of Hollywood’s golden couple
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OMG: The Dalai Lama Actually Has an Opinion on the Brangelina Split (Really!)]


SEPTEMBER 21 -HOLLYWOOD, CA - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Jason Merritt/Getty Images/AFP
PARIS, France — The end of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s marriage Tuesday provoked a worldwide media storm because this “socially engaged” couple had given the impression that theirs was a partnership which worked both publicly and privately, according to a leading celebrity magazine editor. Like legendary Hollywood couples before them including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, love blossomed on set, the actors falling for each other in 2004 while filming “Mr and Mrs Smith” — a movie about marriage. In an ironic final twist given how many celebrity unions ends in tears, the two married assassins were tasked with killing each other. With such a backstory, the public’s obsession with the couple was inevitable, said Laurence Pieau, editor of the French edition of Closer magazine. Why has their split attracted such coverage? “This was a couple that was born under the eyes of the cameras in the most dramatic of circumstances,” said Pieau. READ MORE... RELATED, OMG: The Dalai Lama Actually Has an Opinion on the Brangelina Split (Really!)...

ALSO: French actress Cotillard denies role in Jolie, Pitt split
[RELATED: How Angelina Jolie Told Brad Pitt She Wanted a Divorce – and Why He 'Begged' Her to Wait]
[RELATED(2): Brad Pitt begs Angelina Jolie to see the children amid child abuse investigation- 'Please just let me see my kids']



SEPTEMBER 22 -Actor Brad Pitt and actress/director Angelina Jolie pose at the AFI Awards 2014 honoring excellence in film and television in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. on January 9, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian/File Photo
LOS ANGELES - French actress Marion Cotillard on Wednesday denied any involvement in the sudden split between Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, wishing that the two will "find peace," and confirming her pregnancy with her long-time partner. Cotillard, 40, posted a statement on her verified Instagram page a day after Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, amid some media reports that Cotillard and Pitt may have been romantically involved. Pitt and Cotillard star together in the upcoming war drama "Allied." The Oscar-winning French actress said the statement would be her only comment on the "whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into." READ MORE... RELATED, How Angelina Jolie Told Brad Pitt She Wanted a Divorce – and Why He 'Begged' Her to Wait... RELATED(2) Brad Pitt begs Angelina Jolie to see the children amid child abuse investigation: 'Please just let me see my kids'...


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Heart knows she is in the right place

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 (MALAYA) September 21, 2016 - “Philippine TV’s Sweetheart” Heart Evangelista-Escudero remains a loyal Kapuso as she renewed last September 19 her exclusive contract with GMA.

Heart is very happy to renew her ties with the Kapuso Network. “To GMA, thank you so much. You gave me a second chance in everything. When I started with them, sobrang hirap ng mga pinagdaanan ko and binigyan nila ako ng pagkakataon. I really became the person I never thought I would be with their help,” she said.

Present in the contract signing were GMA chairman and chief executive officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, GMA president and chief operating officer Gilberto R. Duavit Jr., GMA executive vice president and chief financial officer Felipe S. Yalong, GMA Entertainment TV’s senior vice president Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA senior assistant vice president for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, senior program manager for ETV Charles Koo and Heart’s manager Arnold Mendoza.

Heart considers being a Kapuso the turning point of her career. “GMA really was a huge help for me. I don’t know what would have happened to me if I didn’t move [to GMA]. It was a good decision.”

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She recently headlined the primetime hit, “Juan Happy Love Story” with Dennis Trillo. Doing the series, she said, reignited her passion and enthusiasm in her craft. “After ‘Juan Happy Love Story,’ sobrang na in love ako ulit sa ginagawa ko, na-excite ako. Sobrang na-enjoy ko ‘yung soap kasi very refreshing siya,” she explained.

Duavit has nothing but praises for Heart. “We are proud to have Heart as a Kapuso talent and nagpapasalamat tayo sa patuloy niyang pagtitiwala sa GMA at sa patuloy niyang pagiging Kapuso. Heart is a versatile and professional artist, hindi lamang sa kanyang mga pagganap kundi maski sa kanyang pagpinta. Malaki ang nadadala niyang karangalan sa atin. So we’re very happy and proud,” he said.

Rasonable said GMA will continue to provide projects that will showcase Heart’s versatility. “We’re very happy with the turnout of ‘Juan Happy Love Story’ kasi we’ve seen Heart as the dramatic actress. Dito sa soap na ito, pinakita natin na kaya pala niyang maging light at magpatawa. And ‘yung chemistry nila ni Dennis Trillo is undeniable. Ang daming natuwa at tayo rin ay natuwa. It’s just exciting for us that we saw a different side of her so it opens a lot of possibilities for the writers. Hopefully she does something different, not necessarily drama. So we’re expecting na mas marami pang project na ganun para mas maipakita pa natin ang range ni Heart.”

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WATCH: Funny clip shows clueless Chiz Escudero doing Heart Evangelista's makeup By Alixandra Caole Vila (philstar.com) | Updated August 9, 2016 - 1:49pm 13 495 googleplus0 0


Chiz Escudero doing Heart Evangelista's makeup. Youtube Screenshot

MANILA,Philippines - If you have been glued to Youtube for the past months, you are probably already familiar with the "boyfriend does my makeup" challenge.

Recently, Chiz Escudero and actress Heart Evangelista decided to join the bandwagon by doing their very own version called "MakeupByBae" challenge.

Giving a glimpse of just how quirky they can be, the video, released by local makeup brand Happy Skin shows Chiz attempting to give his wife a makeover.

"So, I have no choice. Chiz is going to put makeup on me. So you must enjoy," Heart said anxiously before Chiz began experimenting with her look.

The short video showed hilarious moments between the two, proving that some guys can be totally clueless when it comes to makeup.

This is cat's eye? Cat just died.

How about when Chiz had so much fun strobing? Highlight much?

And this! Using a lip brush as an eyelid brush. SMH

“Darling, konti na lang magmumukha ka ng bangkay," Chiz quips as he tries to keep his composure.

But then again, who cares about the makeup? We all know Heart looks good with or without makeup, and her husband knows it, too.

Towards the end, Chiz praised the beauty of his wife saying, "Anything on her, with or without makeup, even just a tinge of makeup, suits her quite well."

How did Heart rate Chiz's performance? Watch full video below:

 
https://youtu.be/-8khGLHHg0A


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ABS-CBN's Charo on Kris: She’s welcome back anytime FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 23, 2016 - 12:00am 2 601 googleplus0 0


Charo Santos-Concio and Kris Aquino: The ties still bind

Although retired, Charo Santos-Concio continues to serve as Chief Content Officer (COO) and executive adviser of ABS-CBN, the company she headed for more than 30 years.

Through the time that Kris Aquino’s non-renewal of contract was being talked about until Kris signed up with Tony “Mr. T” Tuviera APT Productions (Mr. T co-manages her with Boy Abunda, with the latter in-charge of commercial contracts), Charo was mum, maybe because she was pre-occupied with her movie’s (Ang Babaeng Humayo [The Woman Who Left ]) participation at the filmfests in Venice and Toronto.

The other day, Funfare asked Charo about the (non)issue after her homecoming presscon at the ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater.

“Actually,” admitted Charo, “I texted her. I wish her all the best and thanked her for all the years that she has worked for ABS-CBN and I acknowledged that she has given so much relief and happiness, and delighted our viewers.”

Was Charo slighted (not really offended) by Kris’ decision? (According to reports, when her contract expired, Kris and ABS-CBN did meet a few times but the negotiation failed. Both sides didn’t reveal the reasons why.)

“Kahit na sino ang mag-decide umalis…like Aga (Muhlach), Sharon (Cuneta) and Willie (Revillame)…wala akong pagdaramdam, kasi importante kung saan sila masaya,” said Charo.

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The “prodigal” Kapamilya (among them Aga and Sharon) are back. What if Kris decided to return to ABS-CBN, would Charo take her back?

“Of course, the doors of ABS-CBN are always open to people who want to work with us again. But you wait for the stars to align for it to happen. It’s not the decision of just one person. And, yes, Kris is welcome back anytime.”

Incidentally, Funfare sources said that Kris has not moved to GMA, her original home several years ago as co-host (with Lolit Solis, et al) of StarTalk, but since Mr. T is closely affiliated with GMA, will Kris eventually do Kapuso shows?


Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza (in one of their latest pictures): Not in a show with Kris Aquino?

In her social-media account, Kris wrote that she has started taping on Sept. 22, went on vacation with her sons Joshua and Bimby in Japan, and resumed taping on Sept. 29. For what show(s), she didn’t say, even if there are persistent rumors that she will be co-starring with Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza in a TV series. AlDub Nation is violently divided over that report, some of them accusing Kris of trying to ride on Alden and Maine’s popularity.

Funfare sources clarified that Kris is doing “something else” (can’t be revealed just yet).

As Kris once told Funfare, “Wait for me to surprise you!”

So, stay tuned!


MALAYA

Lea, Sharon, Regine to serenade teachers in Gabay Guro’s grand tribute event September 21, 2016

Nine years ago, a group of like-minded PLDT executives banded together for an advocacy for teachers. With a common dream of being a catalyst of change in the lives of teachers, Gabay Guro was born and became the CSR arm under the PLDT-Smart Foundation.

Chaye Revilla and the Gabay Guro team of visionaries were propelled by this belief: “Our nation’s children depend on our nation’s teachers to lead them to the future. And this teachers’ month, Gabay Guro gives tribute to those who teach the next generation of nation-builders.”

To this day, it managed to thrive on volunteerism – mostly among the ranks of the executives from PLDT and Smart!

What transpired after that fateful day revolutionized education-based advocacy efforts in so many levels. It gave birth to a holistic approach that was anchored on the now famous Gabay Guro pillars – Scholarships, Trainings, Housing and Educational Facilities, Livelihood Programs, Broadbanding and Computerization and Teachers’ Tribute.

READ MORE...

The foundation has conducted trainings for over 16,000 teachers in the course of its nine years. Today, it runs eight training programs for teachers around the country namely: Teacher’s Treasure Chest; English Proficiency Training; Computer Literacy; Emotional Intelligence; Teacher’s Armor; Leadership Training; IT Sustainability and Literacy; and Unleashing Creativity in Teaching. At the same time, Gabay Guro answers to the needs of the times by doing grassroots anti-drugs trainings in schools.

Gabay Guro’s initiative on Broadband and Computerization has had great impact nationwide. All partner-schools were recipients of either computers/laptop or internet connections from PLDT or Smart.

Knowing that shortage of educational facilities is a major disaster area in the Philippine education system, it has constructed and donated 40 classrooms in Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Capiz.

And every year, it holds a tribute event where teachers get to be treated like royalty. The Gabay Guro’s 9th Teacher’s Tribute this year at the MOA Arena on September 25 will not disappoint because it will be the biggest gathering of the country’s celebrities in one event Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, Pops Fernandez, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Lea Salonga and Sharon Cuneta and more are set serenade and entertain the teachers.

There will also be a raffle where a house, vehicles and more are to be given away.

This is the day where our teachers get to meet the biggest celebrities, treated to a whole-day of entertainment and huge raffle prizes. Admission to the grand event is free and exclusive for teachers only.

This year’s event is made possible through the help of the ff. sponsors: Perry’s Group of Companies (for the house), Foton for the Gratour Van, Intel, Devant, Motorlandia for the Honda and Suzuki motorcyles, Ropali, Penshoppe, National Bookstore, Enchanted Kingdom, Splash, Tempra, Flanax, Bonamine, Vivalyte, Mundipharma, Gardenia, Bic, Art Attack, Microsoft, Smart Bro, Ultera, Talk N Text and 51 Talk.


INQUIRER

‘Brangelina’: The end of Hollywood’s golden couple @inquirerdotnet Agence France-Presse
07:19 AM September 21st, 2016


HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Jason Merritt/Getty Images/AFP


PARIS, France — The end of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s marriage Tuesday provoked a worldwide media storm because this “socially engaged” couple had given the impression that theirs was a partnership which worked both publicly and privately, according to a leading celebrity magazine editor.

Like legendary Hollywood couples before them including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, love blossomed on set, the actors falling for each other in 2004 while filming “Mr and Mrs Smith” — a movie about marriage.

In an ironic final twist given how many celebrity unions ends in tears, the two married assassins were tasked with killing each other.

With such a backstory, the public’s obsession with the couple was inevitable, said Laurence Pieau, editor of the French edition of Closer magazine.

Why has their split attracted such coverage?

“This was a couple that was born under the eyes of the cameras in the most dramatic of circumstances,” said Pieau.

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“Brad Pitt was then married to the actress Jennifer Aniston, who was very much America’s sweetheart. Angelina Jolie had two failed marriages behind her. But being together seemed to strengthen both of them.

“She hugely increased her range and began to get involved in humanitarian causes and began directing films. He also took more risks and abandoned his image as a pretty boy.

“Then their family began to grow, we saw them all going to toy stores together and playing the game of promoting each other’s work on the red carpet. They were a couple who looked established, and it seemed they were capable (of) doing it all.

“It was a real alliance of beauty and talent, a family that seemed at ease wherever in the world they were together,” she told AFP.

Why were they different to other stars?

“They had a status that made them stand out from other actors because they were so socially engaged, and they also had a real aura about them,” she said.

“Jolie’s very brave decision to make public her double mastectomy was widely praised. Afterwards there was a rise in breast cancer detection as her revelation inspired other woman to have themselves checked.

“We all got very attached to her because she seemed to have problems just like the rest of us. There was also a real intelligence at work in the way they chose not just their films but in what they revealed about themselves.

“It was a very American way of sharing their life, their hopes and their struggles. That is why it is all the more stunning that in separating she is demanding custody of the children.

“That shows that it can happen to everyone, that trying to juggle work and home and different opinions on how children should be brought up (can lead to conflict for everybody).”

What will be the effect on their image?

“The future will tell. The fact that she wants custody of the six children (with visiting rights for Pitt) possibly means that there is something behind this break-up. Maybe in the next few days we will learn there is another story,” she said.

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OMG: The Dalai Lama Actually Has an Opinion on the Brangelina Split (Really!)
September 23, 2016 @ 10:10 AM By Evan Real

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s two-year marriage (and 14-year relationship) never reached Nirvana and, yes, the Dalai Lama actually has some thoughts about that.

Lhamo Dondrub, the 14th Dalai Lama, sat down with Piers Morgan on the Thursday, September 22, episode of Good Morning Britain, where His Holiness, 81, spoke about a variety of hot topics including ISIS, Donald Trump, Twitter and, naturally, the shocking news of Brangelina’s demise.


The Dalai Lama comments on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's split. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Born This Way Foundation; Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images

After joking that marriage is “preparation for divorce,” the spiritual leader admitted that hearing about Jolie and Pitt’s divorce made him “sad,” especially because they share six children — Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 — together.

“Sometimes with divorced people — it’s the children. They become closer to their father or mother. Sometimes it’s difficult,” he somberly told Morgan, 51. “I think that may sort of harm their deep sort of experiences or [psychologically] like that.”

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As previously reported, the Academy Award–winning actress, 41, filed for divorce on Monday, September 19, citing irreconcilable differences. The U.N. special envoy is requesting sole physical custody of their kids. The divorce filings indicate that she requested that the World War Z actor, 52, receive joint legal custody. She is not asking for spousal support. (Between the two of them, Jolie and Pitt have made more than $500 million since the start of their romance in 2004, according to Forbes.)

PHOTOS: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: The Way They Were

Days after Jolie pulled the plug on her relationship with Pitt, it was reported that the dad of six was being investigated for child abuse by the FBI following an incident (which was reportedly caught on video) that occurred on the couple’s private plane.

According to multiple insiders, Pitt can be seen on video “looking drunk” and “yelling.” The footage is reportedly from Wednesday, September 14, after the family’s jet stopped for fuel at Minnesota’s International Falls Airport.

“In response to your inquiry regarding allegations within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; specifically, an aircraft carrying Mr. Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued," the FBI told Us Weekly in a statement on Thursday.

The FBI has jurisdiction over the situation because the alleged incident happened in the air while the Jolie-Pitt clan was flying from Nice, France, to Burbank, California.

An insider previously told Us that the world-famous pair frequently fought over their differing parenting styles, among other factors, which ultimately led to Jolie’s decision to call it quits.

“[Jolie] did try to make it work, but her kids come first, and she couldn't let them see Mommy and Daddy like this,” the source explained. "The fighting got worse, and they disagreed a lot about parenting and a lot of things.”


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French actress Cotillard denies role in Jolie, Pitt split Reuters Posted at Sep 22 2016 09:52 AM


Actor Brad Pitt and actress/director Angelina Jolie pose at the AFI Awards 2014 honoring excellence in film and television in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. on January 9, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian/File Photo

LOS ANGELES - French actress Marion Cotillard on Wednesday denied any involvement in the sudden split between Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, wishing that the two will "find peace," and confirming her pregnancy with her long-time partner.

Cotillard, 40, posted a statement on her verified Instagram page a day after Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, amid some media reports that Cotillard and Pitt may have been romantically involved.

Pitt and Cotillard star together in the upcoming war drama "Allied."

The Oscar-winning French actress said the statement would be her only comment on the "whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into."

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COTILLARD PHOTO FROM WIKIPEDIA

"As this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up. Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need," Cotillard said, referring to French actor Guillaume Canet."

She signed off by saying: "I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment."

Cotillard's name was mentioned in some reports as media outlets and fans tried to understand what led to the sudden divorce of one of Hollywood's most visible couples, known for their good looks, successful films and activism.

Jolie, 41 and Pitt, 52, known collectively by the tabloid press and gossip sites as "Brangelina," married in 2014 after a decade together and have six children.

They were steady fodder for tabloids with reports focusing on what role Jolie played in the breakup of Pitt's marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston and, more recently, possible trouble in the marriage.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy, editing by G Crosse)

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How Angelina Jolie Told Brad Pitt She Wanted a Divorce – and Why He 'Begged' Her to Wait People People PEOPLE Staff 1 day ago


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Angelina Jolie broke the news to Brad Pitt that she wanted to end their two-year marriage and 12-year romance just days before filing for divorce.

"She sat down, talked to Brad and offered to file [for divorce] together," a source close to the actress tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "She said, 'This is what I'd like to do.' She explained everything. Angelina did what she felt she needed to do."

Though Pitt, 52, was aware that their marriage was in trouble, he was still "wrecked" when Jolie told him of her plans two days before she filed divorce papers, marking irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, says a source in his circle.


Hollywood star Brad Pitt has hired the family law attorney, who represented Heather Locklear and Charlie Sheen, as he prepares for a divorce and custody battle with Angelina Jolie. Lance Spiegel will represent the actor after joining his legal team on Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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"He was appealing to her to do this quietly – not to save the marriage but to consider the well-being of the children – and it was ignored," contends the Pitt source. "He is just wrecked by this."

On Thursday, PEOPLE confirmed that Pitt is under investigation for child abuse by the Los Angeles Police Department and the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services following a September 14 incident on a private plane in which he allegedly got "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of the couple's kids in front of Jolie and at least some of their other children.

In her divorce filing, Jolie listed the couple's date of separation as the following day, September 15.

Pitt, who had been in counseling "to try to figure out how to make things better" for their six kids "begged [Jolie] to press pause" and slow down the proceedings, says the Pitt source – not so that they could reconcile, but so they could move forward in a way that would both protect and prepare the kids for the massive upheaval that was to come.

"He was willing to do anything, change any habit, change any lifestyle, to do what had to be done to make this work," adds the source. "And by 'make this work,' that means doing what has to be done to make even a split one that is amicable and in the best interests of the children."

The former couple disagree about custody plans. Jolie, 41, asked for physical custody of the couple's kids and is requesting that Pitt be granted visitation rights, while Pitt wants shared custody, sources have said.

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Brad Pitt begs Angelina Jolie to see the children amid child abuse investigation: 'Please just let me see my kids' 6/18 Mirror Mirror Alistair McGeorge
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How Brad Pitt Is Fighting Back Against Rumors

Brad Pitt is desperate to see his six children and has reportedly begged his estranged wife Angelina Jolie: “Please just let me see my kids”.

Angelina, who is said to be staying at a top secret location with the family, is said to be stopping the 52-year-old from visiting their six children allegedly until the FBI investigation has been completed.

It was alleged that Brad had an altercation with 15-year-old son Maddox on a private jet last Wednesday.

As stories emerged about the couple's split, Brad has reportedly been crying after being left devastated by Angelina's surprise decision to file for divorce.


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It is said the actor - who will fight for joint physical custody of the couple's six children - was shocked b
y his wife's decision to end their relationship of more than a decade.

"He is beside himself and has been crying. He was completely caught off guard and blindsided and had no idea she would do this," a source told Us Weekly.

"Angelina filed the court papers a minute before the courts closed on Monday night. He didn’t have a lawyer or anything. She had threatened divorce in the past but he did not think she would file this time.”

Hollywood star Brad is at the centre of claims he clashed with one of his kids on board a private plane days before his wife filed for divorce.

The FBI said they are "continuing to gather facts" regarding the claims, while Brad is said to be "cooperating fully".

Sources close to the World War Z star told Mirror Celeb: "He [Brad] is a very caring and attentive father and it's sad that people are continuing these smears, which only hurt the children and the entire family."

The actor is accused of being "wasted" and "screaming" while in the air with his partner and their children.

It is claimed Brad began arguing with his wife on the flight from Europe to LA, and when their 15-year-old Maddox jumped up to defend her, he allegedly "lunged" at his son.

The source continued: "These claims are exaggerated and fabricated. It's unfortunate for the whole family that people are insisting on continuing this endless smear campaign against Brad that hurts everyone.

"They are a solid family with two caring parents and a normal share of disagreements. Hopefully people can move on and leave them all alone to work this out."

It comes as sources close to Brad gave an insight into his "typical disagreements" with 15-year-old Maddox and Pax, who turns 13 in November.


MEANWHILE The source claimed Jen, who is now happily married to Justin Theroux, still wants the best for her ex, but could be quietly marking the end of Brad's marriage with friends. Why did Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt split? From sensational affair allegations to star's health and parenting differences "Jen still cares about Brad and wishes him well. She has moved on and is really happy with Justin Theroux. "She's probably having a margarita with Courteney Cox right now." A source said: "Angelina as a mother can be very protective. It was a typical disagreement between parents and kids. Things got heated but they were never in physical danger. © Provided by Mirror, UK

"They both love the kids more than anything else in the world. Maddox and Pax are very protective of their mother and they are both growing up and developing their own personalities.

"And while sometimes there is screaming and yelling and they can all get boisterous, there is no huge problems here. Brad's relationship with the older boys is great but from time to time they have differences, which is very normal for fathers with teenage boys."


IN THIS PHOTO Justin Theroux shares support for wife Jennifer Aniston's powerful body shaming essay: 'You go girl' - As news of the split broke, people turned their attention towards Jennifer, whose marriage to Brad disintegrated shortly after he met Angelina on the set of their movie Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005. "Jennifer always knew this day would come," a source told New York Post's Page Six. "Everyone in Jennifer's inner circle regards Angelina as a crazy master manipulator. "Jen still cares about Brad and wishes him well. She has moved on and is really happy with Justin Theroux.Mirror Online

The source added to E! News Angelina has "a totally different approach to parenting".

The insider added Pitt - who is "cooperating fully" with authorities - denies being abusive and wants to do what is best for his children.

Angelina filed for divorce on Monday citing irreconcilable differences and asking for sole physical custody of their six children, including 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

In a statement, Angelina said the decision to file for divorce had been made for the 'health of the family'.

Angelina's manager said: "Angelina is doing what's best in the interest of taking care of her children. She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time."

And entertainment attorney Robert Offer added: "Angelina has filed for dissolution of the marriage. This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time."

Brad said in a statement following the divorce: "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids."

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie’s Relationship By Telisa Carter In Celebrities on July 18, 2016

 

Brangelina was without a doubt one of the most famous couples in Hollywood history. With their beauty, their wealth and the fact that he was married when they initially met, it had all of the right ingredients to keep everyone interested. Although the couple recently filed for divorce, none of us have lost any interest. In fact, we want to know even more about their relationship now! This is why we have 11 things you probably didn’t know about the former power couple:

11. Making It Official
Although speculation about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ran rampant well before they ever confirmed a relationship, not long after they got together, Angelina Jolie gave a very candid interview about getting together with Pitt, and opened up about the moment they realized how serious they were. Jolie revealed that it had a lot to do with her son Maddox who was around 4 at the time. She stated that one day, Maddox “just out of the blue called him Dad.” She continued, “It was amazing. We were playing cars on the floor of a hotel room, and we both heard it and didn’t say anything and just looked at each other. So that was probably the most defining moment, when he [Maddox] decided that we would all be a family.”

10. Seeing Eye to Eye
It was rather shocking to many just how quickly Jolie and Pitt’s relationship went after they got together, with Pitt adopting both of Jolie’s adoptive children, Maddox and Zahara, as his own, and of course getting pregnant with their first biological children. As it turns out, however, Jolie at first never wanted to be a mother, while rumors always indicated that all Brad ever wanted was to start a family with his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston. Of her changing views on motherhood, Jolie stated, “It’s strange, I never wanted to have a baby. I never wanted to be pregnant. I never babysat. I never thought of myself as a mother.”

9. Working Together
Everyone is well aware that the pair first met while co-starring in the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but years later they worked together once again on By the Sea, which Jolie also directed. Upon the release of the film, the pair reflected on the difficulties of working together on a film after 10 years of being together in real life. “It’s very very different than Mr. & Mrs. Smith. It isn’t a comedy It’s 10 years after. Anyone who’s been married a really long time will understand this movie,” Jolie stated. Pitt added, “Our job is to personalize each moment even if it’s not our story. There’s no way you can’t get a little riled up. That’s why it works. I think because we’re married and we know each other in that way, it just made it more sensitive on set and made it a little harder to be tough on each other. But when we went, we went pretty far.”



8. Net Worth
As two of the biggest names in Hollywood individually, it isn’t surprising that together they were regarded as the industry’s top power couple, but how much exactly do they rake in? Well, together Pitt and Jolie are worth an incredible $400 million. Of that estimated amount, Pitt brings in around $240 million while she has an additional $160 million.



7. The Scandal
 Fans of Brad, Angelina, and Jennifer Aniston for that matter are well aware of the scandal of Jolie and Pitt’s relationship when it was assumed that the pair fell in love on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Brad had cheated on Aniston. They adamantly denied there was cheating, as well as the fact they even fell for each other on set. As time went on, however, it became more and more apparent that it all did start on set, and while there might not have been any physical cheating, it was more than friendship. In 2008, Pitt was asked if he had a favorite film of Jolie’s he stated, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” and when explaining why he said, “I just mean because, you know… six kids. Because I fell in love.” Of course, the interview sent shockwaves through the media as Pitt finally admitted they did fall in love on set. An admittance came two months after Jolie confirmed the same thing in an interview of her own stating, “Not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love.” In a December 2006 interview, Jolie also stated that deciding to be together wasn’t easy for the pair. “It took until, really, the end of the shoot for us, I think, to realize that it might mean something more than we’d earlier allowed ourselves to believe. And both knowing that the reality of that was a big thing, something that was going to take a lot of serious consideration.”



6. The Announcement
 Although Jolie was blamed early on for the split of Pitt and Aniston, and the rumors of cheating on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith went wild, Pitt and Jolie were skilled at not making any statements about their nature of their relationship. The pair were spotted together often enough, and in April 2005, one month after Aniston filed from divorce from Pitt, he was seen in Kenya with Jolie and her son Maddox, which the media made out to be proof of a relationship. In reality, however, their relationship was never confirmed until January 11, 2006 when Jolie made the announcement to People magazine that she was pregnant with Pitt’s child. It was the first public acknowledgement of their relationship through all of the rumors, scandal and Pitt’s divorce.

5. Expensive Pictures
In 2008, the New York Times wrote a piece about how good Jolie is at “manipulating the press,” directly referencing the selling of her children’s first baby pictures in exchange for good press, and while Pitt did not take kindly to those comments, everyone is well aware of the deals made to People magazine for the photos. After their first daughter Shiloh’s birth in 2006, they couple sold the rights to her first pictures to People for $4.1 million. They sold the British rights to Hello! for $3.5 million and donated the money they made off the sale to charities serving African children. Then in 2008 they made history when they sold the rights for the first images of their twins Knox and Vivienne to People and Hello! for a combined $14 million, making them the most expensive celebrity pictures ever taken. They then donated the proceeds to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

4. The Wedding
 After a lot of speculation of an impending breakup and a lot of questions on if they would ever get married, after seven years together, the pair were finally engaged in April 2012. Back in 2006, however, Pitt said in an interview that he and Jolie would only consider getting married when everyone else in the country was legally able to. Despite this promise, the two broke down and on August 23, 2014 they were married in a private ceremony in Chateau Miraval, France. Afterwards they revealed it was a “family affair” and Jolie wore a gown that had been doodled on by her children, and they all played a major role in the ceremony. Five months after the big wedding, Jolie revealed that she and Brad were married before the ceremony, explaining, “Before the wedding in France with the kids, Brad and I were already married in California. As Americans, we couldn’t marry legally in France.”

3. The Fighting
After 10 years together, the pair finally took the plunge into marriage in 2014. Initially, they said that they were waiting for equal rights for everyone, but it seems there might have been a different reason for holding out so long. According to many sources close to the couple, the pair fought quite a bit because both are very independent and headstrong and it was quite the adjustment to have to compromise. Now, it seems marriage wasn’t the best route for the pair after Jolie filed for divorce shortly after their second wedding anniversary.

2. The Children
Of course one of the biggest topics surrounding the Pitt-Jolie relationship is their large brood of children, and how quickly it all happened! In 2002, a year before she met Pitt, Jolie adopted seven-month-old Maddox Chivan from Cambodia with her then-husband Billy Bob Thornton, although Jolie was the sole adopter of Maddox. Then in 2005, Jolie adopted six-month-old Zahara, and although Pitt was along for the trip, it wasn’t until the following year Pitt legally adopted Maddox and Zahara as his own. On May 27, 2006, Jolie gave birth to their first biological child, daughter Shiloh, in Namibia where the couple traveled to before the birth to avoid media frenzy. In March 2007, Jolie adopted son Pax Thien from Vietnam, and while she and Pitt were together, Jolie had to do it alone because Vietnam’s adoption regulations do not allow unmarried couples to co-adopt. Subsequently, Pitt adopted Pax in 2008. Finally, on July 12, 2008, Jolie gave birth to their twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline.

1. .Home Life
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have bought magnificent and impressive homes all around the world. They have owned homes in New Orleans, London, as well as their $60 million estate and winery in France where they were married. Most recently, the pair bought a $30 million luxury Majorcan villa in the town of Andratx. The property is right on the coast and boasts eight bedrooms, a large garden, a large swimming pool, and a living room with a view of the Mediterranean sea.


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