Back in September, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt in a move that stunned Hollywood and left fans with a number of questions as to what could have prompted Jolie to pull the plug on her marriage so abruptly.
Shortly thereafter, a narrative emerged that seemed to explain Angie’s actions:
Insiders explained that an altercation between Brad and the couple’s eldest son aboard a private jet turned so ugly that Jolie felt she had no choice but to immediately move out on Pitt and take the kids.
That still seems to be the likeliest explanation for the dissolution of Hollywood’s most highly-publicized marriages, but with the amount of scrutiny the situation has been under, it was only a matter of time before alternative theories began to emerge.
Today, one of those theories is making the rounds online courtesy of documentary filmmaker Ian Halperin, who claims that it was actually Angelina’s controversial relationship with her brother, James Haven, that drove the couple apart.
“James was so close to them that he was actually living with them,” Halperin tells Radar Online in an interview to promote his new film, Broken: The Incredible Story of Brangelina.
“It put Brad over the edge. Brad gave Ang the ultimatum; it’s him or me!”
Halperin doesn’t deny that the midair fight took place, but he insists that Brad and Angie’s marriage was already damage beyond repair at that point.
In fact, he says there’s reason to believe that Halperin – not 911 or CPS – was the recipient of Jolie’s first phone call after the plane landed.
“The rumor is that she reached out to James while she was on the plane to call child services, but I haven’t seen the smoking gun on that point,” Halperin tells Radar.
Halperin says his film also addresses the elephant in the room on the topic of Angie and James’ relationship, namely the allegations of incest that have plagued the siblings.
“I get into the whole rumors of incest. I do conclude unwaveringly in the film it was mainly a publicity stunt and it worked, but on the flip side people agree the kiss was too close for comfort,” he said.
He adds that while he doesn’t believe there was a sexual component to Jolie and Haven’s relationship, he does feel Angie and James’ relationship was inappropriately close:
“Then the conclusion is amongst experts ‘No wonder they split.’ Here we are more than a decade later and James is living with them full time. Ultimately it was too close for comfort for Brad.”