"Brad Storms Out On Angie – in bitter battle over money," the National Enquirer cover shouts!
And inside we find that actor Brad Pitt – a Missouri native with ties to the Kansas City area – is accusing his wife, actress Angelina Jolie of "wasting their fortune" and has stormed out on her.
"Right now Brad and Angie’s love affair is hanging by a thread," an insider tells the Enquirer. "With mounting debts and crushing overheads to fund their lavish lifestyle, Brad is ‘demanding that they reduce household staff, scale back on travel, artwork, expensive wine, buying up the most buzzed about scripts and books in Hollywood and rein in their charitable donations,’ the insider said."
Which brings us to the story’s fine print and the Hollywood couple’s ties to the great state of Missouri…
While Pitt and Jolie’s combined net worth is estimated at $250 million, even wildly famous, rich folks are feeling the effects of the last three year’s economic downturn. And while the Enquirer is far more fixated on Pitt’s firing of the kid’s French tutor and the possible sale of the couple’s $60 million French chateau, buried amongst all that glam is the casual mention of a "seven-room home in Missouri."
A quick check reveals that – sure enough – the couple’s Missouri mansion remains in their portfolio.
A Star magazine story a few years back – the tabloid not the local weekly – confirmed that the home was in the Springfield area near Pitt’s parents. But it cited a source saying Angelina would never spend a night in it.
So much for that theory…
USA Today reports Jolie was spotted in a Missouri Starbucks with two of her kids over the recent holidays while visiting Pitts parents. Born in Oklahoma, Pitt grew up in Springfield, attended the University of Missouri, majoring in journalism, where he acted in fraternity shows and supported himself by limoing strippers, delivering refrigerators and dressing up as a giant chicken for a local restaurant
As for his Missouri manse, a photo posted on Flickr identifies itself as Pitt & Jolie’s "Lake of the Ozarks" home. But two commenters, identifying themselves as neighbors, say it’s not Pitt’s. Which could be a strategy to protect Pitt’s privacy. Or not.
Sure looks like it a seven room mansion though. Perhaps we’ll see if the house goes on the market.