Brad Pitt reportedly ‘begged’ Angelina Jolie to delay their divorce but it’s believed the actress wanted to settle things quickly.
IS Angelina Jolie pushing so hard for sole custody against Brad Pitt so she can emigrate to the UK with their six children and become a member of the House of Lords?
Yeah, we realise this theory sounds completely crazy — even among all the unfounded gossip and speculation swirling around the celebrity split. But is there at least something to the idea?
Investigative reporter — or muckraker depending on who you speak to — Ian Halperin raised the idea yesterday on Sunrise and Today Extra.
“Brad Pitt is not to blame in this relationship,” declared the author of Brangelina: The Untold Story. “It’s Angie Jolie, she’s a woman with an agenda. She wants to leave the United States. She wants to work in the UK, she wants to get into the House of Lords.”
This isn’t the first time the rumour has appeared. Us Weekly has been saying for months Jolie has been eyeing a spot in the House of Lords and that her political ambitions were putting a strain on her marriage to Pitt.
Us Weekly sort-of predicted the break up in June, reporting there was “tension” between the couple over whether to see their Chateau Miraval property in the South of France. Jolie apparently wanted to get rid of it to move to the UK to further her political ambitions while Pitt wanted to keep it.
Jolie and Pitt have lived in England on a number of occasions including earlier this year at a 15,000 pound a month rental in Surrey. Jolie of course has been doing humanitarian work for some time and is a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She has openly talked about a move into politics in the past.
“When you work as a humanitarian, you are conscious that politics have to be considered. Because if you really want to make an extreme change, then you have a responsibility,” she told Vanity Fair in 2014.
She’s also had a long association with former Conservative Party Leader Baron William Hague who is a Member of the House of Lords — they have chaired summits together, visited war zones and are even due to teach together at the London School of Economics.
And she’s “struck up a close friendship” with another member of the House of Lords, Baroness Arminka Helic, Hague’s former adviser who Vanity Fair even claimed in May was Jolie’s political mentor”.
And in 2014 Jolie was made an honorary Dame by the Queen and was awarded a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George — an unusual honour for non-Brits with Kofi Annan and Israeli President Shimon Peres being among other recipients.
Of course the current turmoil with Pitt probably has nothing to do with any of this, and no one knows if the rumours about her wanting to join the House of Lords have any basis.
If she does want to, she’ll have to become a British citizen. But as Lords are appointed rather than elected and she already moves in the right circles it’s not entirely inconceivable …