It turns out that at least one celebrity couple may not be breaking up after all. A new report from Us Weekly claims that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may call off their divorce. If this is true, why would Jolie and Pitt not go through with their separation? There could be a number of reasons why these two may be trying to work things out, not the least of which is their children. (Bustle reached out to reps for Jolie and Pitt for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.)
A source claimed to the magazine, "They haven't done anything to move it forward in several months and no one thinks they are ever going to." This may in part be because Pitt seems to have taken responsibility for his actions, and taken steps to deal with his issues. In a May interview with GQ, the 53-year-old actor revealed that he is now sober and spoke candidly about his goal to become a better father. "I grew up with a Father-knows-best/war mentality — the father is all-powerful, super strong — instead of really knowing the man and his own self-doubt and struggles," Pitt told the magazine. "And it's hit me smack in the face with our divorce: I gotta be more. I gotta be more for them. I have to show them. And I haven't been great at it."
When Jolie originally filed for divorce in 2016, her lawyer said in a statement to Reuters that, "This decision was made for the health of the family." The tipping point for her seemed to have come during an alleged family argument aboard the family's private jet that led to an investigation by the FBI where no charges were filed. Still, Jolie's goal was to put her children first, and Pitt's actions in the months that have followed appear to show that he's following his wife's lead.
No one who is outside of a marriage can truly know what is going on in the hearts and minds of a couple, but a lack of love never seemed to be plaguing Jolie and Pitt's relationship. Instead, the heart of the issue was always what was best for their six children. At the time when the divorce was filed, Pitt seemed to be at a low point in his life. He has admitted that his drinking was out of control. But if he's truly taken the appropriate steps to seek help, to reflect on what he wants out of life, and is now ready to recommit to his family, then it would only make sense for the couple to try again.
The source that spoke with Us Weekly claimed, "He got sober to try and win her back. He knew he had a problem that he had to take care of. And that's all she ever wanted." For the sake of their children and their love for each other, Jolie and Pitt may be trying to work things out. If calling off the divorce is what's best for the family, then they deserve a chance to explore the possibility of reuniting.