His estranged wife Angelina Jolie continued to fuel romance rumors with The Weeknd after she was spotted stepping out for dinner with him at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica on Saturday night.
And three days later, Brad Pitt was spotted on the set of his latest film Babylon in Los Angeles.
The 57-year-old actor enjoyed a coffee during a break in filming his new film from writer-director Damien Chazelle on Tuesday.
Relaxed: Brad Pitt was spotted on the set of his latest film Babylon in Los Angeles. The 57-year-old actor enjoyed a coffee during a break in filming his new film from writer-director Damien Chazelle on Tuesday
Brad looked relaxed as he strolled around with his warm beverage in his hand in between filming scenes.
The handsome actor wore black trousers with a white button up, adding a coordinating vest.
The father of six sported slicked back hair with a mustache, adding small framed sunglasses. While little is known about Babylon, it is believed to be set in the late 1920s in Hollywood during the industry’s transition from silent films to talking ones.
His filming break comes just three days after his estranged wife Angelina Jolie, 46, was spotted having dinner with singer The Weeknd, 31, inside Santa Monica hot spot Giorgio Baldi on Saturday night.
Fueling rumors: His estranged wife Angelina Jolie continued to fuel romance rumors with The Weeknd after she was spotted stepping out for dinner with him at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica on Saturday night
Dapper: Brad looked relaxed as he strolled around with his warm beverage in his hand in between filming scenes
Looking good: The handsome actor wore black trousers with a white button up, adding a coordinating vest
Saturday night marked the second outing for Angelina and The Weeknd, born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, continuing to fuel romance rumors.
They spent two-and-half-hours inside a private section of the Italian restaurant, per Dailymail’s sources.
While they arrived separately to the restaurant, Angelina and The Weeknd were seen leaving it together.
Handsome: The good-looking actor later put on his blazer as he headed back on set
Angelina trailed behind the artist before they popped into a waiting SUV, headed to his Bel Air mansion.
The romance rumors first ignited on June 30, 2021 when they were first seen together publicly.
Their June meet up was at the same restaurant – Giorgio Baldi; at the time a People magazine insider said they’ve known each other for a ‘long time.’
Per their source, the stars seemingly bonded on their connection to Ethiopia; Angelina and Brad adopted daughter Zahara, now 16, from the country.
The Maleficent actress launched The Zahara Program to help girls soon after.
The Weeknd, who previously dated Bella Hadid, partnered up with World Food Program US to donate $1 million in relief efforts in Ethiopia.
Sizzling: Saturday night marked the second outing for Angelina and The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, continuing to fuel romance rumors
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Brad requested a review of his child custody case with Angelina, after a court disqualified a private judge who granted him joint custody.
Lawyers for the star filed a petition for review with the California Supreme Court after the disqualification of Judge John Ouderkirk effectively voided the joint custody ruling, according to People.
A California appeals court disqualified the judge in July, agreeing with Jolie in that the judge, Judge John Ouderkirk, did not sufficiently disclose business relationships with Pitt’s attorneys.
In Pitt’s petition, lawyers claim that elimination of Ouderkirk ‘effectively upended the constitutionally authorized temporary judging system in California’ and subsequently ‘throws open the door to disqualification challenges at any point during a case, even if the party raising the motion has long been on notice about the alleged grounds for disqualification.’
The way they were: Earlier this month, it was revealed that Brad requested a review of his child custody case with Angelina, after a court disqualified a private judge who granted him joint custody; The couple pictured snuggling up January 7, 2008 at the 13th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica
‘In so doing, the opinion is guaranteed to fuel disqualification gamesmanship and raises serious questions as to whether the temporary judging system is a viable option in California’s severely backlogged judicial system,’ the petition continues.
In addition, lawyers for the actor allege that Jolie was ‘made aware of Judge Ouderkirk’s significant professional history with Pitt’s counsel from the very start,’ yet did not seek disqualification until years later.
‘After more than four years of contentious litigation, every day of which has harmed the children and their father, an important and considered custody decision will be entirely undone as a result of an administrative error that is wholly unrelated to the merits of the custody dispute itself,’ the lawyers claimed.
‘California law requires that a party seeking disqualification of a judge file a written statement objecting to continued proceedings before the judge ‘at the earliest practicable opportunity after discovery of the facts constituting the ground for disqualification,’ the petition states. ‘Failure to do so constitutes waiver or forfeiture of the party’s right to seek disqualification.’
Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., a lawyer for Pitt, said in a statement to DailyMail.com that the actor was requesting a review as the judge was ‘improperly disqualified’ following a ‘lengthy legal process’ which involved numerous witnesses and experts.
‘We are seeking review in the California Supreme Court because the temporary judge, who had been appointed and repeatedly renewed by both sides, was improperly disqualified after providing a detailed, fact-based custodial decision, following a lengthy legal process with multiple witnesses and experts,’ read the statement.
‘The lower court’s ruling will reward parties who are losing child custody cases, and condone their gamesmanship, by allowing them to wait and see about the likely direction of the case before seeking the disqualification of the judge.
‘Condoning the use of this type of strategic “lie in wait” disqualification challenge will cause irreparable harm to both the children and families involved in this case, and other families in other cases, by unnecessarily prolonging the resolution of these disputes in an already overburdened court system. Allowing this kind of crafty litigation strategy will deprive parents of irreplaceable time with their children as judges are disqualified for minor reasons in the midst of their cases.
‘The lower court’s ruling is bad for children and bad for California’s overburdened judicial system.’
The latest: Lawyers for the star filed a petition for review with the California Supreme Court after the disqualification of Judge John Ouderkirk effectively voided the joint custody ruling, according to People; the former couple pictured on November 5, 2015 at the By The Sea premiere in Los Angeles
The decision to disqualify Ouderkirk came in July, with the court ruling: ‘Judge Ouderkirk’s ethical breach, considered together with the information disclosed concerning his recent professional relationships with Pitt’s counsel, might cause an objective person, aware of all the facts, reasonably to entertain a doubt as to the judge’s ability to be impartial.
‘Disqualification is required.’
It is unclear what dealings Ouderkirk is involved in with Pitt’s attorneys.
He also didn’t allow the couple’s kids to testify, despite Jolie wanting them to.
The pair share six kids, five of whom are under 18. They are Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 13.
Jolie adopted Maddox in 2002, then Zahara in 2005, a year after she’d met Pitt while the pair filmed Mr and Mrs Smith. He was married to Jennifer Anniston at the time.
They then adopted Pax together in 2007, and had biological kids Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne afterwards. Pitt adopted all of the kids before they got married in 2014.
However, Pitt’s team hit back, telling PageSix in a statement: ‘The appeals court ruling was based on a technical procedural issue.’
‘The facts haven’t changed. There is an extraordinary amount of factual evidence which led the judge – and the many experts who testified – to reach their clear conclusion about what is best in the children’s best interests.
‘We will continue to do what’s necessary legally based on the detailed findings of what’s best for the children.’
A source close to the actor said Pitt is disappointed by the legal setback, telling People: ‘Brad believes there is overwhelming evidence that the current situation isn’t good for the kids. This just sets things back for everyone.’
Jolie filed for sole custody after filing for divorce after an incident on the couple’s private plane during which she said he became violent and abusive.
Despite her protestations, Judge Ouderkirk earlier this year granted Pitt tentative joint custody of the kids.
Now, it’s unclear if that will remain in place.
The decision means that the custody fight over the couple’s five minor children, which was nearing an end, could be starting over.
The judge already ruled the pair divorced, but separated the child custody issues.
Like many celebrity couples, Pitt and Jolie opted to hire their own judge to increase their privacy in the divorce proceedings.
Family matters: The pair share six kids, five of whom are under 18. They are Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 13