Angelina Jolie is not headed for a "physical meltdown" over the stress of balancing her career with raising her kids, despite a tabloid report. The story initially seems alarming, but it's filled with fake concern. Gossip Cop can bust it.

According to Life & Style, while Jolie "continues to shoulder the strain of her divorce and custody battle" with Brad Pitt, "she hasn't pumped the brakes on her career." And consequently, "now her friends fear it's all too much for Angie," claims the gossip magazine. A so-called "source" is quoted as saying, "Everyone's afraid that Angie's headed toward a complete physical meltdown."

The outlet contends "pals have urged her to slow down," but instead she's "piling on the work." The alleged snitch further complains, "She feels like she needs to be everything to everyone, a full-time mom, human rights activist, UN spokesperson, glamorous actress, director and producer." What, did this "source" just read Jolie's Wikipedia page?

After the tabloid insists there's "already a few red flags that Angie's overloading herself," such as her brief bout with Bell's palsy, the purported tipster disturbingly claims, "She hasn't been eating enough or taking care of herself. She's been taking on too much at once, and everyone's worried she's headed for a serious breakdown." Actually, if anyone was truly concerned for Jolie's well-being, they wouldn't be talking about it with the gossip media, particularly a magazine that falsely claimed she and Pitt were "getting back together."

There's also a glaring factual error. While the outlet tries to make it seem like she's worked non-stop since splitting from Pitt, Jolie actually took a year off to focus on her family life. And while she's spoken about "just trying to get through my days," as she put it in an interview last fall, the star just spent the month of December deftly balancing her varied obligations, like when Jolie brought her kids to the United Nations Correspondents Association Awards.

Gossip Cop is told that, "like all working moms," she's doing her best. And, quite importantly, she knows that "taking care of herself" is key to taking care of her family. While every day may not be perfect, we're assured that the bleak picture painted by the publication doesn't actually match reality.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.


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