A touching letter attributed to Brad Pitt – allegedly written to Angelina Jolie – has been circulating online. Is this letter real or fake?
The letter was not written by Brad Pitt.
Let’s first take a look at the letter, which has been circulating since at least early 2012:
Brad Pitt about his wife:
My wife got sick. She was constantly nervous because of problems at work, personal life, her failures and children. She lost 30 pounds and weighted about 90 pounds. She got very skinny and was constantly crying. She was not a happy woman. She had suffered from continuing headaches, heart pain and jammed nerves in her back and ribs. She did not sleep well, falling asleep only in the mornings and got tired very quickly during the day. Our relationship was on the verge of a break up. Her beauty was leaving her somewhere, she had bags under her eyes, she was poking her head, and stopped taking care of herself. She refused to shoot the films and rejected any role. I lost hope and thought that we’ll get divorced soon… But then I decided to act. After all I’ve got the most beautiful woman on earth. She is the idol of more than half of men and women on earth, and I was the one allowed to fall asleep next to her and to hug her. I began to shower her with flowers, kisses and compliments. I surprised and pleased her every minute. I gave her a lot of gifts and lived just for her. I spoke in public only about her. I incorporated all themes in her direction. I praised her in front of her own and our mutual friends. You won’t believe it, but she blossomed. She became better. She gained weight, was no longer nervous and loved me even more than ever. I had no clue that she CAN love that much.
And then I realized one thing: the woman is the reflection of her man.
If you love her to the point of madness, she will become it.
The letter of a man discussing his wife’s illness and personal trials is easy at first glance to attribute to Brad Pitt. The actor’s long-time partner Angelina Jolie announced in May 2013 that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she had a high risk of breast cancer due to a defective gene. Gossip columns have also speculated about Jolie’s weight for years.
Upon closer inspection, however, the letter does not hold up to scrutiny.
- Pitt and Jolie are not married, and have only been engaged since April 2012 (after the letter above was first spotted in circulation).
- The text above contains grammatical errors unlikely written by a native English speaker, such as “weighted about 90 pounds.”
- Recent sightings of Jolie indicate her weight has not greatly fluctuated since the letter above circulated in early 2012.
- Pitt has not publicly expressed many of the sentiments included in the letter.
The letter above saw a resurgence after Radar Online announced that it had uncovered old love letters from Pitt to ex-girlfriend Jill Schoelen, which he penned back in the late 1980’s. Pitt is reported to have written, “I adore you. I will love you forever,” and, “I can’t stop thinking about you. I don’t feel complete without you next to me.”
There is no evidence that Brad Pitt wrote the letter above to Angelina Jolie. The couple is not married, and grammatical errors indicate it may not have been written by a native English speaker. The recent release of Pitt’s alleged old love letters may have been the catalyst for the fake letter’s resurgence.
This is not the first falsehood to circulate in Pitt’s name. In 2012, a fake news generator reported that Pitt had died in a snowboarding accident. There is also a picture allegedly from the movie Troy which shows an airplane which accidentally made it into the film.