Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's 16-year-old son Maddox is not "rejecting the spotlight," despite a false report claiming the teen hates Hollywood. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk this bogus story. We're told it's entirely fabricated.
According to Life & Style, Maddox is turned off by show business and has no desire to follow in his famous parents' footsteps. A so-called "source" tells the magazine, "Maddox hates the glitz and glamour that comes with being a Hollywood star. He doesn't really like attending any kind of showbiz event. He'll make a brief appearance if he has to, but celeb events aren't his thing."
The magazine attempts to back up this untrue assertion by noting that Maddox didn't accompany his mom to last month's National Board of Review Awards Gala, despite his sisters Shiloh and Zahara attending. What the outlet doesn't mention is that the teen has attended several film festivals over the past few months to support Jolie's new Netflix movie, First They Killed My Father.
In fact, as first revealed nearly a year ago, Maddox served as an executive producer on the Cambodian genocide drama, so the tabloid's assertion that he has no interest in the film industry is clearly false. Maddox said in an interview that he loved working with Jolie on the project, further noting that his responsibilities on set included helping with the script, prepping shoots and reviewing dailies.
Still, the publication quotes a seemingly phony tipster as saying, "He finds [Hollywood] pretentious. Maddox wants to lead as normal a life as possible." But Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to the situation, who exclusively assures us on background that the magazine's report is completely made-up. We're told Maddox isn't averse to the spotlight, nor does he avoid red carpet events, as is evident by the many premieres the teen has happily attended (see photo above).
Unfortunately, this would hardly be the first time that Gossip Cop has had to call out a tabloid for printing lies about the teenager. We previously busted a inaccurate report about Maddox being angry at his mom and taking Pitt's side in their divorce. Gossip Cop also debunked a made-up article claiming that Jolie had banned her son from dating. This latest article surrounding Maddox's supposed disdain for Hollywood is similarly fabricated.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.