|Brad and Angelina in happier times|
Now it turns out the rumours were true.
I have interviewed them both several times, Angelina since 2001when she was married to Billy Bob Thornton and Brad since 2000 when he'd just married Jennifer Aniston. Over the years I have talked with them about not only their movies but also their various crises---Angelina's post-Thornton relationships and Brad's marriage and later divorce after he and Angelina got together while making Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Angelina has always been far more available than Brad and ever since she adopted her first child she has always seemed an exceptionally proud mother. After she and Brad moved in together and the family grew she would talk at length about the children and what a good father Brad was. However there was rarely, if ever, any mention of love for her partner..
Brad was less talkative and sometimes seemed downright reluctant to discuss his family life. When he did, he would talk about the children rather than about Angelina and there was never any mention of his feelings for her.
On several occasions they both talked of the strains that filming in various parts of the world put on their family although they continued to travel, Angelina often on her own as part of her duties as a UN ambassador and Brad on charity missions and to foreign film locations.
When I talked with Angelina in the Mexican holiday resort of Cancun just before the release of her action movie Salt her children played happily in the pool under the strict supervision of security guards and a nanny. As was often the case, Brad was not there.
The last time we talked was last year when rumours were rife about an impending break up. She denied them as usual but tellingly she confided: "We have fights and problems like any other couple. We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space. In relationships we sometimes can't see ourselves and we lose touch and we don't know what it is that we have lost."