An email that Angelina Jolie, now 47 years old, sent to Brad Pitt, her ex-husband, in January of 2021 has resurfaced online thanks to TikTok, which comes at a time when the couple is still embroiled in ongoing legal issues. After further investigation, ET discovered the email in a legal filing.
Jolie begins the message by stating that she is “putting this in writing so that I don’t get emotional,” and then proceeds to elaborate on her decision to sell the Chateau Miraval Winery, which Pitt is a part owner of. Our sources say that people who work for both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been asked for their thoughts on this matter.
“It is the place we brought the twins home to, and where we were married over a plaque in my mother’s memory,” Jolie wrote, referencing their youngest children, Knox and Vivienne. “A place that held the promise of what could be and where I thought I would grow old. Even now impossible to write this without crying. I will treasure my memories of what it was a decade ago.”
“But it is also the place that marks the beginning of the end of our family – and a business that is centered around alcohol,” Jolie continued, referring to Pitt’s struggle with alcohol abuse. “I had hoped somehow it could become something that held us together and we found light and peace. I see now how you have really wanted me out and will most likely be pleased to receive this email.”
Jolie went on to write that she has seen “lots of inconsiderate behavior, money spent in ways that I would not have approved, and decisions made that I was not consulted on” in the past four years, saying she’s “been hurt by decisions that have been made that show no interest in sharing the business or changing it fundamentally into something that would be healthier for our children.”
“I was shaken by the recent imagery that was released to sell the alcohol. I find it irresponsible and not something that I would want the children to see. It reminded me of painful times,” she continued, writing that she does not feel she “can be involved, publicly or privately, in a business based on alcohol, when alcoholic behavior harmed our family so deeply.”
Jolie then went on to say the “business is therefore past the point of anything that I could be part of, morally and for the good of our family,” before detailing “two ways forward,” which included the option for an “outright sale,” in which she says she “would completely support” him “in seeking to sell the company and move away from this hard and painful chapter in our lives.”
“The alternative is that a complete buy out of my share in the property and business by you, the Perrin family or your associates,” she wrote. “Either way, I believe we need to move forward in order to heal and focus on where our family comes together, and where we have positive associations. And to do so quickly.”
Jolie then brought up the incident that occurred on the plane in 2016, in which she previously claimed that Pitt “lunged at his own child” and “choked one of the children and struck another in the face.” In addition to this, Jolie stated that Pitt “poured beer” on her as well as “poured beer and red wine on the children.” Jolie asked for a divorce in the same month that the alleged attack happened.
She wrote in her email, “I cannot begin to express how upsetting it is for me to have to reach this point. Your dream for your relationship to the business and the alcohol is your own and you’ve made it painfully clear. I wish you all the best with the business, and sincerely hope that the children feel differently about Miraval when they are older, and visit you there. But Miraval for me died September 2016, and everything I have seen in the years since has sadly confirmed that.”
At the beginning of this year, Jolie sold the Chateau Miraval Winery to the Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler, which ultimately led to Pitt filing a lawsuit against her. Pitt admitted that his ex-wife contributed $10.2 million to the total purchase price of the winery, which came to $28.4 million, but he claimed that he was the only one who was responsible for the business’s success. In addition, Pitt asserts that in accordance with the terms of their 2019 divorce, he and Jolie had a “mutual understanding” that neither of them could sell their portion of the winery without the other’s consent. This provision was included in the terms of the divorce.
In a lawsuit that was filed against Pitt for $250 million last month, Jolie’s former company, Nouvel, claimed that the actor engaged in a “vindictive war” in an effort to seize control of the winery from Jolie and her former business partners. In a legal filing, the company said that Pitt “hatched a plan that has worked so far” to take over Chateau Miraval and that he used the company as his “personal fiefdom.”
Pitt’s battle with alcohol addiction was also brought up in the lawsuit. According to Nouvel, “Pitt developed a publicly acknowledged alcohol abuse problem.” He also mentioned “a serious and internationally publicized incident between Pitt, Jolie, and the couple’s children.” The alleged incident that occurred on the plane in 2016 was also brought up.
In response to the filing, a source stated that it’s likely that it’s “yet another rehash and repackaging of old material to try and distract from the other party’s own behavior.”