Is Brad Pitt really "wasting away" amid his divorce and custody battle with Angelina Jolie? That's the claim in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop can exclusively set the record straight.
According to the Globe, Pitt's friends fear he's suffering from "manorexia," due to the stress of his contentious split. A so-called "insider" tells the outlet, "Brad currently weighs around 160 pounds, which is too low for a man of his height and build. He should be more like 180 pounds." It's unclear how the magazine's "source" managed to get Pitt on a scale.
The questionable tipster goes on to say that eating properly "has been the last thing on [Pitt's] mind" in the midst of all the drama he's going through with Jolie. "He's also been working nonstop and spending long nights and days at the sculpting studio when he's not reading scripts," adds the alleged insider. "It's easy to lose track of time and forget about meals, but Brad's missing out on a quite a few by the look of him. He's also vaping, which suppresses his appetite."
From there, the seemingly phony source contends that Pitt has a personal chef preparing meals for him, but he "doesn't seem to want to eat much of anything," and "most of the food ends up in leftover containers in the fridge." The possibly made-up "insider" adds, "Brad's exercising a lot, walking and hiking, but what he really needs is to get a few hundred calories in and bulk up."
The magazine's premise is coming from an anonymous "insider," but Gossip Cop reached out to Pitt's spokesperson, who assures us it's "completely false." The actor's rep also pointed out how Pitt looked happy and healthy on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week. Although the movie star is undoubtedly dealing with some personal issues involving his estranged wife, the notion that he's "wasting away" simply isn't true.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Gossip Cop has had to debunk this untrue premise. Back in 2017, we busted the Globe's sister publication, Star, for falsely claiming Pitt had developed an eating disorder as a result of his divorce from Jolie. That article also used the term "wasting away" to describe the actor's supposed condition. Shortly after that, the magazine's other sister outlet, OK!, manufactured up a story about Pitt having a health crisis because of his divorce, to the point where he supposedly weighed less than 150 pounds. The narrative wasn't true two years ago, and it's no more accurate now.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.