The 56-year-old actor is said to have invoked “family reasons” to explain his absence during the ceremony which took place in London on February 2. The hero of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood would indeed have remained in Los Angeles, to support his daughters.
Despite his notable absence, he had triggered the hilarity of Prince William and Kate Middleton thanks to a joke on the Sussex couple. Crowned Best Supporting Actor at the British Academy Film Awards (Bafta), February 2, brad pitt had indeed asked his filming partner Margot Robbie to read his acceptance speech, after having canceled his participation at the last minute. The reason for his absence? The 56-year-old actor would have remained in Los Angeles for “family reasons”, revealed the Sun Monday, February 3.
“Children come first”
Rumors suggested that Brad Pitt had skipped the Bafta ceremony in an attempt to reconcile with his eldest son, Maddox, 18. The American actor would however have gone to Los Angeles, at the bedside of his two daughters who had just had surgery. Shiloh, 13, is believed to have had hip surgery, while Zahara, 15, has not been given the reason for the surgery. For Brad Pitt, “children come first”, would have entrusted a source close to Page Six . This explains the absence of the actor during the Bafta ceremony.
Angelina Jolie, the ex-wife of Brad Pitt, has since praised the courage of her daughters in an open letter published by the Timein honor of women’s rights day, March 8. “Someone told me, when he saw my daughters taking care of each other, that it ‘felt like second nature for them to do it,'” she wrote. I thought how much this idea is abused. A little girl is expected to take care of others.” Before concluding: “Girls are often conditioned to think that they are good people only if they help others, and are selfish or bad if they focus on their needs and their wants.” A platform to which Brad Pitt did not react.
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A violent argument
The actor’s relationship with his daughters appears to be cordial, unlike his relationship with 18-year-old Maddox, his eldest son. Both had indeed torn during a memorable argument on a private jet, which occurred in September 2016. The conflict had even prompted the intervention of the FBI, the interpreter of Cliff Booth being accused of having had “violent behavior” against his son. If Brad Pitt had been cleared two months later, Angelina Jolie and the actor had started divorce proceedings a few days after the incident.
In an interview given to New York Times in September 2019, the hero of Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood had mentioned his problem of alcoholism, and his click after the incident which occurred on board the private jet. “I had gone as far as I could, so I withdrew the right to drink,” he confided then. As a reminder, the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has still not been pronounced, for lack of an agreement between the two actors on the distribution of property and custody of their six children.
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Brad Pitt missed the Bafta to support his daughters who had just had surgery