In a stunning rebuke of today’s celebrity culture, Brad Pitt has revealed he spent a year searching for buried medieval treasure that never existed under his French domain.
Yes, for some reason the Oscar-winning actor chose to come clean that he was scammed by an anonymous man who convinced him that the property he once shared with his ex-wife Angelina Jolie still had more worth than the estimated $60 million the former couple paid for it. back in 2008.
Speaking to GQ in a profile posted on Wednesday, Pitt said he was told there were “millions of dollars in gold” left over from the villa’s medieval owners that had been “taken from the Levant during the crusades and buried on the ground”.
“I became obsessed,” said Pitt, who acquired radar gear to hunt for loot. “Like for a year it was all I could think of, just the excitement of it all. Maybe it has something to do with where I grew up because in the Ozark Mountains “near his childhood home in Missouri”, “there were always stories of hidden gold caches”.
In the end, Pitt came out empty, and it was revealed that the man had targeted him as a potential investor in a radar company and (successfully) pitched the prospect of undiscovered riches to dupe the actor.
Pitt said the ordeal left him feeling “pretty stupid at the end”.
“It was just the hunt that was exciting,” he remarked.
Despite the slightly embarrassing admission, there is reason to believe that buried treasure may lie beneath the historic villa.
Pitt’s Chateau Miraval sits along an ancient Roman trade route and contains a sprawling estate and various structures, including the 13th-century chapel where he and Jolie were married.
The chateau and its award-winning wine from the estate’s vineyards have since become a major source of contention in the former couple’s ongoing divorce battle.
After Jolie sold her stake in the company last year to Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler, Pitt sued her in February, claiming she illegally ignored their agreement never to sell their shares without permission. the other.
In a filing from Pitt’s legal team earlier this month, the actor claims Jolie “sought to harm him” by forcing him to associate with “a stranger with toxic associations and intentions. which plans to launch a “hostile” takeover of the company. .
Jolie has not commented on Pitt’s allegations or her fake treasure hunt.
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