Brad Pitt pulls out of ‘Allied’ promotions

Los Angeles, Nov 7 (IANS) Actor Brad Pitt has pulled out of all of his promotional commitments for his new movie “Allied” following his split with Angelina Jolie.

The 52-year-old, who portrays the lead role of Max Vatan in the forthcoming romantic thriller, is reportedly refusing to do any interviews, press junkets or chat show appearances following his divorce with the 41-year-old “By the Sea” actress, reports

“This was supposed to be the start of a big campaign push for Brad to finally win an acting Oscar but there’s too much controversy for him to risk any publicity. It also doesn’t help that there were rumours he had an affair with his co-star Marion Cotillard, which both deny,” a source told The Sun newspaper.

“Loads of chat show studios are gutted as they had him booked to come on and dozens of journalists have had their interviews scrapped. They are also being briefed not to ask anybody else associated about the film about Brad’s personal life.

“His team look very likely to pull the plug on him even walking the red carpet in Los Angeles. They know it’s important he been seen to support the film but this is a huge crisis for him and the current tactic is to lie low. If he does appear, he’ll not say a word to any media and sneak in a side door,” the source added.

The estranged couple, who got married last year, is currently locked in a legal battle as Jolie has requested full physical custody of their six children; Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne while he has asked for shared guardianship.

Jolie had filed for divorce after Pitt turned “verbally abusive” and “physical” with their son Maddox while under the influence of alcohol during a flight on September 14.