As we reported earlier this month, Maddox Jolie-Pitt has left for college.
The 18-year-old son of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is attending Yonsei University in Incheon, South Korea.
College and adulthood can be very freeing. For the first time, Maddox is discussing his parents’ split and his estranged father.
This week, in a video obtained by In Touch Weekly, Maddox is approached by a cameraman and asked questions.
First, Maddox is asked if his estranged father, Brad Pitt, will be visiting him at school now that he’s started college.
“Um, I don’t know about that … what’s happening,” Maddox replies. It’s a deeply awkward question.
The cameraman followed up, asking if his relationship with his dad is over for good.
Maddox kept it vague, replying: “Whatever happens, happens.”
We should acknowledge that this isn’t really a case of Maddox volunteering to open up to the world about family drama.
He’s an 18-year-old college freshman who’s on the other side of the planet from his entire family.
And somebody with a camera followed him to college to leverage a young man’s politeness in the hopes that he’d speak to the camera.
While Angelina and even Brad did a good job of shielding their children from some of the burdens of fame, that makes them unpracticed with these guerilla interviews.
Humans are social animals. Maddox’s natural instinct was to answer a stranger’s questions.
An inside source previously spoke to In Touch Weekly about how Maddox is doing with this huge life milestone.
“Maddox is leaving the tight-knit family nest,” the insider acknowledged.
The source continued: “And while there have been some tears, he’s super excited about starting this new journey.”
Maddox’s siblings are Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, John (Shiloh), 13, and 11-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
“He told his siblings that they have to listen to Pax now,” the insider shares. “Which they all laughed at.”
“Pax probably took it the hardest,” the source characterized. “But he’s tough and doesn’t cry.”
“All the other kids got teary-eyed,” the insider revealed.
“They’re all going to miss their oldest brother,” the source explained. “Who’s always been kind and a very calming presence.”
The insider adds that Maddox was like this “even when he was little.”
Basically everyone — with the exceptions of some of Brad’s diehard stans — loves Maddox.
Maddox played a central role into the event onboard their private plane that resulted in Angelina filing for divorce and reporting Brad to the FBI for child-abuse.
It is believed that there was some sort of conflict onboard the plane.
After what Angelina witnessed, she knew that she could not remain married to Brad — or the person he had become.
She also did her best to keep the children away from him until he had taken major steps to combat his alcoholism.
Somehow, some of Brad’s most rabidly fanatical fans made him out to somehow be the “victim” in all of this.
Maddox has kept his distance from his now estranged father for some time, and is said to be very protective of his mother.
There are some who think that he and Brad “need” to reconnect for some reason.
That’s very silly. The nice thing about life is that you eventually get to choose which family members to keep in your life and which to exclude.
Maddox appears to be open to an eventual reconciliation with his father, which is very charitable of him.
For now, he’s focusing on his classes. Hopefully, reporters won’t make a habit of ambushing him on or near campus. Come on, guys.