A year-and-a-half after his split from Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt is becoming more like the “old happy and charming Brad” friends used to know, and he is in high spirits as he slowly makes his way back into the spotlight. Now that he has taken the time to focus on himself and get back into the dating game, it appears that Pitt is happier without Jolie in his life.
According to People Magazine, the past 18 months have been difficult for Pitt, but things are finally getting better.
“Separating was very sad and shocking to him, but he started taking care of himself again,” says an insider. “He seems much, much happier.”
Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, but she and Pitt are still negotiating the terms and the custody of their six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.
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Recently, Pitt has made a few low-key appearances, including stepping out for Sean Penn’s Haiti Rising benefit – where someone outbid him for a chance to watch an episode of Game of Thrones with star Emilia Clarke –, mingling at a pre-Oscar party, and taking in a Dodgers game at Chavez Ravine.
It took him a long time, but the 54-year-old has also started dating again, and rumors have been swirling this week that he is in a relationship with MIT professor and renowned architect Neri Oxman. The two started to get to know each other through an architecture project at the MIT media lab where she is a professor of media arts and sciences.
Some sources claim that the two are “just friends,” while others claim the two are an item. There have been reports that witnesses have seen him going into Oxman’s apartment building and then leaving the next morning when she goes to teach classes. He also apparently has a key to her place and is flying to the East Coast regularly.
Other stories have surfaced that allege the two are enjoying takeout when they stay in together, and that “Brad is glowing around her.”
The two met when he dropped by one of her classes last fall, and Pitt requested a face-to-face meeting after seeing a 3D printed chaise lounge that Oxman designed. Just a few weeks ago, he was back at MIT again, and his frequent appearances at the school are fueling the rumors.
It is still not clear whether or not the two are just friends or if romance is involved – neither Brad Pitt or Oxman have confirmed anything – but it is exciting for fans to witness the possible start of a new relationship for the Fight Club star.