Jolie, Pitt Wise to Keep Quiet, Celebrity Family Lawyer Says

August 10, 2017
The Recorder

Media Coverage

As reports surfaced Thursday that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have placed their divorce on hold and are working toward a reconciliation, neither actor/filmmaker issued a statement—but that hasn’t kept celebrity media outlets from exulting, hand-wringing, worrying about the kids or doling out blame for everything.

So what’s behind the flurry of reconciliation reports, and the lack of clarity given the silence of the principals, on the status of the divorce that would end the 12-year marriage of what was Hollywood’s highest-profile couple?

“I think there are three likely explanations,” said Stacy Phillips of Blank Rome, one of the top family law attorneys in the nation, who has worked on cases involving Britney Spears, Axl Rose, Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, among others.

“One, they really want to keep this out of the public eye. There was way too much publicity earlier and they don’t want their children to be collateral damage,” she said. “Two, they may be exploring their relationship within the divorce context and don’t want the scrutiny of the media. And three, they may be exploring getting back together.”

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“Jolie, Pitt Wise to Keep Quiet, Celebrity Family Lawyer Says,” by Todd Cunningham was published in The Recorder on August 10, 2017.