Brad Pitt may have been renowned for his 12-year relationship with Angelina Jolie, but a full year has passed since their split back in September 2016.
And yes the couple may have six children together, but the truth of the matter is they’re never getting back together.
But what would you think if Brad’s new woman was basically a younger version of his ex-wife?
Well, the spectacular thing about the Hollywood hunk is that at 53 years old, he isn’t even close to losing his game when it comes to charming beautiful actresses.
And if reports are to believed, he and 21-year-old up-and-coming British actress Ella Purnell have hit it off and are officially an item!
So how did the pair meet? Was it love at first sight? Could it be the real thing?
Well, according to In Touch Weekly, Brad’s initial interest in Ella was purely work-related.
After watching both Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Churchill, Brad became hugely impressed by Ella’s precocious acting talent.
In fact, the Oscar-winning actor and producer, who owns his own production company, got in touch with the young actress to ask her if she would be up for starring in a drama developed specifically for her.
Needless to say, she agreed, and she is now set to star in Sweetbitter.
“Brad had Ella in mind from the get-go. He went out of his way to cast her,” a source revealed. “Ella is incredibly flattered by all the attention she’s getting from Brad. She’s told friends he’s always been her number one celebrity crush.”
Brad may be one of the busiest men in Hollywood, but soon after casting the young actress, he made sure to check in on her regularly. So, there was plenty of time for the pair to get to know each other on a more intimate level.
“He’s so enchanted,” a source said. “Brad had Ella in mind from the get-go. He went out of his way to cast her.”
And there may well be a colossal 32-year age gap between the pair, but they’re not letting that get in the way of their love. At least not now that the relationship is in its very early stages. There’s plenty of time for it to turn sour, as Hollywood relationships often do.
According to the source, Brad “realizes the huge age difference and that everyone would look at the relationship as a midlife crisis mistake. But he’s taken with Ella’s spunky, funny demeanour and formidable acting skills.”
“It’s only a matter of time before Brad takes their relationship to the next level,” the source continued.
You might also be wondering what Angelina makes of all this. I mean, the six children they share together mean “Brangelina” will always be forced to be in each other’s lives.
To say Angelina didn’t react well to the news would be a total understatement.
In fact, reportedly, she’s seething, and that’s partially due to how young Ella is. At 21, she’s just five years older than Brad’s eldest child, Maddox.
However, it’s more specifically because Ella played the younger version of her character in the 2014 movie Maleficent.
It’s all just a little bit uncanny.
“She’s furious about Brad’s interest in Ella and her being cast in Sweetbitter,” says the source. “She absolutely hates that Brad is cavorting with someone who played the teenage version of her in a film.”
And according to reports, Brad is far too interested in the stunning starlet to pay any attention to the naysayers, including his ex-wife.
“Although Brad’s been working on his sci-fi space travel film Ad Astra, he’s been checking in with Ella weekly as she preps for production,” says the source.
“Brad plans on coaching Ella for the show. He’s sure it’s going to be a hit and that it’s going to make Ella a star.”
The source predicts big things for their relationship: “It’s only a matter of time before Brad takes their relationship to the next level.”
Considering Brad has teenage kids, it’s not difficult to imagine why Angelina might find the news a little hard to swallow. But of course, Brad is a single man and has every right to get together with whomever he pleases.