As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage and more than a decade together as a couple.
The actress cited irreconcilable differences in her filing, and neither party has provided any specifics with regard to the events that led up to the divorce.
But naturally, their teams have been in damage control mode, and the tabloid media has been digging non-stop.
As result of all the scrutiny and strategic “leaking” of information, a picture of the Brangelina’s final days has slowly begun to emerge – and things aren’t looking too good for one of America’s best-loved leading men.
First, sources claimed that Angelina was fed up by Pitt’s drug use and short-temper, both of which she saw as threats to the well-being of their children.
As more anonymous “insiders” fed details to the press, the story became even uglier.
It seems Angie’s decision to separate from Brad on September 15 was prompted by a single incident.
While there’s some disagreement on the severity of the confrontation, accounts concur that during a recent private jet flight, an inebriated Brad got into some sort of altercation with the couple’s eldest son, 15-year-old Maddox.
Someone aboard the plane placed an anonymous phone call to police, and Pitt is now being investigated for child abuse by the FBI.
(The investigation was originally handled by the Department of Child and Family Services, but incidents that happen aboard mid-flight aircraft are apparently under the bureau’s jurisdiction.)
It’s unlikely that Pitt will face jail time, but clearly the episode has already cost him dearly, and the damage to his public image and career may prove irreparable.
To make matters worse, sources are now claiming that there’s video that will prove Pitt was abusive toward Maddox.
So what made the famously easy-going actor so angry?
Well, he was reportedly drinking heavily on the flight, but unnamed members of the screen icon’s inner circle say his rage has been bubbling just beneath the surface for some time now.
The cause of his growing angst?
Apparently, Pitt is terrified of growing older.
“Brad is just terrified of aging,” a source close to the actor tells Radar Online.
“He hates the way that he looks right now and he is taking it out on everyone around him.”
The anxiety over his appearance – and how it might affect his career – has apparently exacerbated Pitt’s fondness for intoxicants, which has in turn led to more angry outbursts.
“Brad has always liked to party and have a good time,” says the insider.
“But it has gotten so much worse because he no longer has the confidence he once had.”
So even Brad Pitt feels insecure about his looks, eh?
We’d make some sort of “stars – they’re just like us!” joke, but really the situation is just incredibly sad.