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What Angelina Jolie's brother said about her romance with Brad Pitt in shocking unearthed interview

The Hollywood couple divorced in 2016 and share six children


What Angelina Jolie's brother said about her romance with Brad Pitt in shocking unearthed interview
Hannah Hargrave
US Deputy Editor
5 January 2024
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's marriage didn't have a happy ending but years before the demise of their romance things could not have looked rosier. 

An unearthed interview with the Tomb Raider star's brother, James Haven, paints an insightful picture of what their relationship was like before things turned ugly

While James recently opened up about supporting his famous sibling as a single mom to the six children she shares with her ex, he was once enamored by the bond Angelina shared with Brad.

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In 2007, a few years into Brangelina's relationship, James spoke to Grazia magazine to clear up reports his sibling was controlling in her relationship.

"I have never seen any sign of tension between them," he told the outlet. "They make all their decisions together. It's rubbish that she tries to control him."

Since their split in 2016, there have been numerous reports and legal documents that claim things have become increasingly bitter between the former couple and also between Brad and his son, Pax

But they were the ultimate team back in the day, according to James. "They have a balanced relationship; they each do their stuff," he continued. "I've never seen moments where one is nagging or controlling the other."

Angelina Jolie and brother James Haven© Getty Images
Angelina and brother James Haven

In fact, he credited Brad for bringing out the best in his sister and for encouraging her to adopt more children. "Brad has changed my sister a lot. They have an extraordinary bond, but not on the usual level," James continued. 

"Brad is so strong for her. When she feels vulnerable, he has the most incredible strength. She says she couldn't have adopted more children after Maddox without him."

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Inglourious Basterds Premiere held at the Palais Des Festivals during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival in 2009 © Getty
James opened up about Angelina and Brad's relationship in 2007

Brad adopted Angelina’s children Maddox and Zahara, with their names being changed to Jolie-Pitt in 2006. 

The couple welcomed their first biological child, Shiloh, in November 2006. In 2007, Angelina adopted Pax, three, from Vietnam, with Brad adopting him in February 2008. In May 2008, the couple welcomed twins, Knox and Vivienne. 

Angelina Jolie and brother James Haven with dad Jon Voight© Getty Images
Angelina and brother James Haven with dad Jon Voight

"The great thing about Brad and Angelina is that they really get each other's sense of humor, and make each other laugh a lot," James remarked. "They talk about politics a great deal and are very creative together with the projects they are working on. If it keeps going the way it's going, they'll be together for life."

James' view on his former brother-in-law appears to have altered somewhat as he recently spoke out in a rare interview on the 90who10 podcast.

Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Knox Jolie-Pitt attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Eternals" on October 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.© Getty Images
Angelina with five of her six children

 He discussed his commitment to protecting and supporting Angelina's six children amid her divorce. "That's where it all started," he said, hinting at a renewed phase in his life with Angie. 

"It started with the protection of her and then of her children, my nieces and nephews." James said he hoped to be more present for Maddox, 22; Pax, 20; Zahara, 18; Shiloh, 17; and Knox and Vivienne, 15.  

Angelina Jolie and Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt are seen out and about on August 16© MEGA/Getty
Angelina and son Pax

"I set my life up so I can be present with whatever the situation. The formative years, the young adults they're going to become, I want to be there for them — or for her — whatever she's going through."

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