Angelina Jolie has
escaped to the tranquillity of an upmarket Los Angeles hotel in the wake of
speculation that her planned wedding to Brad Pitt is off and their
relationship on the rocks .
Jolie, 31, and her children booked into the hotel last week without her
actor lover of more than a year and father of their three-month-old
daughter, Shiloh Nouvel.
She checked in at the last minute after
another in what has become a series of all-too-frequent rows with her
heart-throb boyfriend. Pitt, meanwhile, remains alone in the sprawling $5
million Malibu mansion that recently become their home.
Hardly surprising, then, that his beloved grandmother has now come out
publicly to say that the wedding Hollywood has been expecting is not
likely to happen any time soon -- or, for that matter, that the chattering
tables of Beverly Hills are abuzz with rumours the relationship may not
see out the year.
The pillow-lipped Jolie is said to be buckling under the pressure of
postnatal depression , the
fact that her mother is battling a serious illness, and the relentless
attention of being one half of Hollywood's golden couple.
Strikingly skinny, she has become trapped in the goldfish bowl.
Jolie is said by friends to be desperate to quit Hollywood for good to
set up a nomadic existence in
Africa -- all of which has put her distinctly at odds with Pitt, who wants to bring up
their young family in California.
Last week, friends revealed that Jolie was insisting it was she who put
their wedding on hold because she is angry that he wants her to play the
As if to assert her independence, she immediately announced she was
taking the children on a private trip to Namibia, where Shiloh was born in
She has also signed up to appear in Sin City II and, later this month,
begins filming the role of the wife of murdered Wall Street Journal
reporter Daniel Pearl in A Mighty Heart.
However, friends say it is Jolie's determination that she does not want
her family to be brought up in the shallow world of Hollywood that is the
major source of conflict.