Typically, we don’t cover these sort of stories, but we thought it would be nice to share a positive story of a father and daughter making amends and coming together. It just so happens to be they are Hollywood A-listers.
As actress Angelina Jolie begins life as a single mom following her very public separation from husband Brad Pitt, she appears to be strengthening her relationship with her once estranged father, actor Jon Voight.
Jon Voight and Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, divorced when Jolie and her siblings were young. Voight reportedly did not have a lot of contact with his children, leaving room for speculation that he and Jolie did not have a good relationship.
When Jolie first started acting, she was using her full name: Angelina Jolie Voight. However, she began using her middle name as her surname during the release of 2001’s Tomb Raider, when Jolie played the lead, Lara Croft. Then, in July 2002, Jolie had her name legally changed to Angelina Jolie, dropping “Voight” for good.
The next month, Voight claimed that Jolie had “serious mental problems” and he’d been seeking help for her.
“I’m broken-hearted… because I’ve been trying to reach my daughter and get her help, and I have failed and I’m sorry,” he said at the time. “Really I haven’t come forward and addressed the serious mental problems she has spoken about so candidly to the press over the years, but I’ve tried behind the scenes in every way.”
At the time, Jolie had just adopted a Cambodian boy named Maddox. Reports indicate Jolie was angry, fearful that Voight’s comments might jeopardize her adoption of Maddox. “They could have decided he’s right, she’s crazy, let’s remove that child from her custody, and that’s unforgivable,” she’s reported to have said.
Jolie responded by cutting her father off, stating that she did not think it was healthy to associate with him as a new mom.
Voight tried to reestablish the relationship, but it took years for Jolie to respond. Apparently, Brad Pitt was instrumental in the reconciliation, with a friend calling him a “key factor.” In 2009, Jolie finally reached out to her father.
Jon and Angelina were finally pictured together again in 2010, when he visited her on set of her movie, ‘The Tourist’, which was filmed in Venice, Italy. But little has happened since then.
Recently, the two were pictured together in a rare public outing, that included grandfather and grandchildren, in Beverly Hills. On Wednesday, the father/daughter duo went out for sushi dinner with four of Angelina’s six children – Pax, Zahara, Vivienne, and Knox.
Voight seems to be “in the loop” now. When the news that Jolie had filed for divorce from Pitt was announced toward the end of last year, Voight said, “Angelina’s OK. She’s holding on.” He also said he was planning to spend the holidays with his grandchildren.
Voight is a hard core conservative and Trump supporter.
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