Why Angelina Jolie wants to sell her shares of a vineyard

Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie bought Nouvel LLC together in 2011, however, Jolie wants to sell her shares, in an effort to sever ties with her ex-husband.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s relationship kicked off in 2004, when they filmed spy thriller, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, together. Even though they denied the relationship rumours at first, they later revealed that they fell in love with each other. However, Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston at that stage.

Pitt and Aniston announced their separation the following year, as “Brangelina” rumours continued to spread. Three months after Aniston and Pitt’s divorce was finalized, Jolie announced that she was pregnant with Brad’s child. Shortly after the announcement, Pitt legally adopted Jolie’s other children. The couple adopted another child together in 2007, before Jolie announced that she was pregnant with twins.

The couple bought Nouvel LLC together in 2011. It is a Luxembourg-based company with interests in the Chateau Miraval vineyard. Following the purchase, they announced their engagement in April 2012, but only got married in August 2014. All seemed to be going well for the couple until August 2016, when Jolie filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason therefore. Jolie also requested primary custody of their six children.

One of Angelina’s lawyers, Robert Offer released a statement at the time, stating, “This decision was made for the health of the family. Jolie will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time.” Jolie and Pitt were declared legally divorced in 2019, but were still going through their child custody case.

In May 2021, a judge awarded Pitt joint custody, however, Angelina has filed an appeal in order for her to get sole custody. In addition to getting sole custody of their children, Jolie has also asked a judge to allow her to sell her share of the wine business that she owns with her ex-husband. Brad and Angelina are equal shareholders in Pitt’s Mondo Bongo LLC vineyard.

Jolie allegedly filed a petition on Tuesday, 6 July 2021, in Los Angeles, asking for the removal of an automatic temporary restraining order (ATRO). The order prevents divorcing parties from making financial decisions that would affect the other amid proceedings. Jolie asked for the removal in order to finalize the sale of her shares. However, Pitt has yet to consent to the removal.

Jolie reportedly does not want to be Pitt’s “unwilling and disregarded business partner,” and has found a third-party buyer for her shares of the vineyard. A judge has yet to respond to the request to lift the ATRO, however, an emergency request was rejected in June 2021.