Did Brad Pitt turn to the Jewish mystical beliefs of Kabbalah to "raise his spirits" amid his divorce from Angelina Jolie? That was the claim made by a website exactly one year ago today. At the time, Gossip Cop noted he wasn't turning to Kabbalah 12 months ago, and it's even more clear now that he hasn't become involved with the religion.
On March 16, 2018, RadarOnline maintained Pitt was "looking for something to raise his spirits" as he continued to battle with Jolie in their divorce and child custody case. The site, which doesn't have a great track record when it comes to the actor, insisted Pitt turned for guidance to Demi Moore, who told him Kabbalah might be "the answer" he was desperately seeking.
The frequently debunked outlet used that phony narrative to also claim Moore was going to use Pitt's interest in that branch of Jewish mysticism as an opportunity to "date him." But none of that was true 365 days ago, and it still remains false to this day. There was nothing romantic going on between the actor and Moore, but more significantly he wasn't looking toward Judaism or religion of any kind to help him. In fact, Pitt has openly discussed how he's an atheist.
And, of course, Pitt opened up in a 2017 GQ cover story about his divorce, quitting alcohol, and being a better man and father. In that wide-ranging article, he attributed his change to therapy and no longer drinking. Nowhere was it mentioned that he was seeking spiritual help, including from Kabbalah.
At the time RadarOnline published its story, sources close to both stars told Gossip Cop the article about Pitt being "dragged" into Kabbalah by Moore was entirely untrue. In the intervening months since that bogus report, the outlet hasn't gotten any better with its tales about the movie star. Last summer, for instance, we busted the blog when it wrongly asserted Pitt got "dumped" by Neri Oxman because she couldn't deal with his custody battle with Jolie. In the real world, as we rightly noted from the start, the MIT professor and Pitt never even dated, a fact she later herself confirmed.
Just a couple of months ago, Gossip Cop also exposed that same unreliable site when it incorrectly alleged Pitt was dating Charlize Theron and hiding the "romance" from Jolie. Once again the blog based its report on an unnamed and untraceable "source," who contended Pitt and Theron was "caught getting cozy" at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles. But the truth, as confirmed by Pitt's rep, was that he's not romantically involved with the South African actress and that incident never occurred.
When Gossip Cop looks back at a story from the year before, such as the one about Pitt seeking higher help from the Jewish mystical belief system amid his divorce from Jolie, it's to show visitors which outlets they can and cannot trust, as well as to illustrate how particular articles have fared over time. It's even more obvious now how inaccurate that report was. As mysterious as Kabbalah can be is where that blog's repeatedly mistaken sources come from, and why readers don't question the website more after it's been wrong so many times about Jolie and Pitt.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.