The 56-year-old actor allegedly cited “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 noticeable absence, he had triggered the hilarity of Prince William and Kate Middleton thanks to a joke about the Sussex couple. Crowned Best Supporting Actor at the British Academy Film Awards (Bafta) ceremony on February 2, Brad Pitt had indeed asked his filming partner Margot Robbie to read his acceptance speech, after canceling his participation in 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 missed 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 undergone surgery. Shiloh, 13, was reportedly undergoing hip surgery, while Zahara, 15, was not given the reason for the surgery. For Brad Pitt, “children come before everything”, would have confided a source close to Page Six. This explains the absence of the actor during the Bafta ceremony.
Brad Pitt’s ex-wife Angelina Jolie has since praised her daughters’ courage in an open letter published by the Time in 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 that,’ she wrote. I smiled, but then I thought about how much this idea was abused. We expect a little girl 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 wants.” A forum 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 those he has with 18-year-old Maddox, his eldest son. Both were indeed torn during a memorable dispute aboard 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 her 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 with New York Times, in September 2019, the hero of Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood had mentioned his alcoholism problem, and its click after the incident 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 the custody of their six children.
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Brad Pitt missed the Baftas to support his daughters who had just had surgery