When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt separated back in 2016, the public reacted with the sort of shock that's seldom elicited by celebrity breakups.
Of course, Brangelina was no mere celebrity couple.
Along with their six children, Pitt and Jolie were viewed by many as the closest a family could get to perfection.
When they went there separate ways, the confusion was compounded by news of an extraordinarily messy split.
Pitt was accused of abuse, and while the exact nature of his actions remains a mystery, we know two things for certain:
1. His behavior was bad enough (at least in Jolie's eyes) to bring about the end of a decade-long relationship, and
2. His eldest son Maddox was somehow involved.
Last month, Maddox left for college in South Korea, and there's been much speculation as to whether or not he'll receive any visits from his A-list dad.
But if the latest reports from In Touch Weekly are to be believed, it seems unlikely that Pitt will be making any such journey.
A source tells the tabloid that Brad and Maddox are still estranged, three years after that notorious incident aboard a private jet.
“And for Brad, it’s a tremendous loss," says the insider.
The informant claims that Maddox's low opinion of Brad has influenced how his younger siblings view their father, as well:
“With Maddox overseas, Brad is also hopeful that Pax will also be interested in reconnecting without the influence of his older brother,” the insider added.
Thus far, however, it seems that softening of harsh feelings has not occurred.
The source adds that Maddox's decision to study abroad has drawn a mixed reaction from his loved ones:
“Maddox is leaving the tight-knit family nest and while there have been some tears, he’s super excited about starting this new journey,” says the insider.
“They’re all going to miss their oldest brother, who’s always been kind and a very calming presence, even when he was little.”
As for Maddox's feeling toward his father, it seems they're similarly conflicted.
Already, the tabloid press has caught up with the 18-year-old and asked if Pitt will be visiting him at school:
“Um, I don’t know about that … what’s happening,” he said.
“Whatever happens, happens.”
It may be a long time before that question is answered in any decisive fashion, but in the meantime, can we all agree that this kid deserves some privacy?