The Brangelina Splits French Connect: How Angelina Jolie Works the Press

The Jolie-Pitts’ time in France provides a fascinating glimpse into how Angelina Jolie has mastered the art of manipulating the tabloids. “>

NICE, France France givethand France taketh awayat least if youre Angelina Jolie.

Forget Jennifer Aniston. Nothing defined Brangelina more than their love affair with France, especially the south of France, during their 12 -year partnership. And no one was more skilled at shaping and marketing every subtlety of their epic life on the Cote dAzur than Jolie herself, long renowned as so media-savvy that she never required a publicist.

But now, as dueling allegations of his pot smoking and indignation problem and her liesleaked by sources from both sidesthreaten to break the internet?

Cest fini, said a longtime neighbour of the Jolie-Pitts in Correns, the tiny village in the Var about 90 minutes from Nice, home to the Jolie-Pitts 1000 -acre, 25 -bedroom Chateau Miraval where they rendered a hugely successful ros wine. It was such a beautiful family while it lasted.

The mayor and the director of tourism in Correns voiced markedly less sentimental, however. It was as if they had, as the French say, already turned the page.

It really doesnt interest me at all, Mayor Michael Latz, who dined with the Jolie-Pitts at Miraval more than once during the couples heyday in Correns, told The Daily Beast Tuesday night. I dont keep abreast with them.

Its too bad but its really their problem, echoed Jean-Claude Sadion, the local director of tourism.

The Jolie-Pitt French connection began when they enrolled their eldest son Maddox in the Lycee Francais in Manhattan in 2007. Soon after they explored French lessons at the Institut de Francais in Villefranche-sur-Mer outside Nice( the director raved about Angelinas accent) and moved into Chateau Miraval as renters before buying the $50 million estate, which is now for sale, a few years later.

Their twins, 8-year-old Vivienne and Knox Jolie-Pitt, were famously born in Nice in July 2008.

How poignant, then, that the matrimony would end less than a year after the Jolie-Pitts starred in By the Sea, a poorly-received cinema written and directed against Angelina about an unhappily married couple at a coastal resort in the south of Franceamid allegations put forth by Page Six that Brad Pitt had an affair with a co-star, the French actress Marion Cotillard.

TMZ reported Tuesday that Angelina was filing for divorce because Brad smoked too much pot, drink too much liquor, had an indignation problem, and was not a good parent. The New York Post followed with the revelation that Brad was having an affair with his current co-star, Marion Cotillard, on the set of their new movie, Allied. Pitts camp countered by telling TMZ Jolie was spreading lies and he was a great father.

French actor Richard Bohringer unwittingly gave credence to accusations that Pitt may have a problem with alcohol when he told Le Parisien in March that Pitt pounded down whiskey on the set of By the Sea.

Was it strange that a couple who so shrewdly personified love, togetherness, and family for so long would not issue the usual joint statement about how they were sad the matrimony had ended but would remain friends and focus on co-parenting their children?

Not for those of us familiar with how aggressively Angelina has manipulated the media in the past, even to the point where The New York Times wrote an entire article in 2008 about how she was so scary smart-alecky that she didnt need a publicist and negotiated the $14 million sale of photos of her newborn twins to People publication by herself.

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