Following heartbreaking reports that Maddox Jolie-Pitt ‘never wants to see Brad Pitt again’, HollywoodLife.com spoke to an expert who tells us that Angelina Jolie shouldn’t push Maddox into seeing his dad once they’re officially divorced. Here’s why.
Angelina Jolie, 41, should not force the relationship between Brad Pitt, 52, and Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15, Dr. Deborah Sweet, Family Therapist, tells us. “Angelina should not encourage Maddox to see his father,” she advises. “Maddox not wanting to see his father during the divorce and split from his mother is a complicated issue. At 15, he is growing into a sense of himself and he has a say in what happens,” she adds. “There is plenty of time for healing, but it is important for Angie not to push Maddox.” Makes sense.
Dr. Sweet also says that Brad has to do his part to make amends with Maddox. “In relationships, we have repair and disrepair. For the repair to happen between Brad and Maddox, Brad would need to amend his behavior and do something that would show his son that he has changed,” she explains. “Whether it’s therapy or perhaps an anger management group, Brad needs to do something to show Maddox that things are going to be different if he wants to help heal their relationship.” Sounds fair!
As we previously told you, Brad allegedly went off at Maddox on their private plane during a family trip, allegedly screaming at his son while drunk. Now, Maddox has reportedly chosen to skip the limited visits between the kids and their dad, choosing to stay with Angie instead.
Still, Dr. Sweet says that the animosity between the father and son is “likely just a phase”.
“This does not have to ruin the relationship between Brad and Maddox,” she says. “But there must be repair in the relationship, and the repair needs to happen between the two of them. The repair would be facilitated by Brad taking steps, going to therapy to better himself.” Hopefully Maddox and his dad will make up soon, but it sounds like there’s work to be done.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Angelina should try and get Brad and Maddox to reconcile — or should Brad go to therapy before this happens?