Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: Did Bugs Cause Marriage Break-Up?

▪ Pitt and Jolie have been together since 2004, but didn't marry until 2014
▪ Family and friends have been concerned because of Jolie's extreme weight loss
▪ She reportedly weighed only 88 lbs while directing her new Netflix movie in Cambodia

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt in Cannes
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt in Cannes. Credit: Flickr / Nils Sautter / Creative Commons

Hollywood, California — “Irreconcilable diets” may be partly to blame for Angelina Jolie’s break-up with fellow Mr. and Mrs. Smith star, Brad Pitt.

In late September 2016 it was announced that the couple, who have been together since 2004 and married in 2014, are seeking a divorce.

Preparing for his role in 1999’s hit movie Fight Club, Pitt chowed down daily on chicken breasts, pasta, and veggies. But Angelina has different tastes — she eats bugs.

Although it may be hard to imagine someone once referred to “the world’s most beautiful woman” chewing and swallowing dead crickets, the Kung Fu Panda star has included insects in her diet for years. Jolie’s bug binges apparently began as she encouraged adopted son Maddox to get in touch with his Asian birth heritage. She found Maddox at a Cambodian ophanage in 2002 after spending time in that country filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Credit: Flickr / Hamner Photos / Creative Commons

By 2011 she was encouraging all of her children — Maddox plus Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and her twins with Pitt, Knox and Vivienne — to chow down on insects, and she fed the kids crickets as snacks. In a 2011 interview about her time in Cambodia she suggested that consuming bugs is part of “the full experience” of Cambodia, where insect-eating is not uncommon. The insects taste like potato chips, she said, and her kids enjoy them: “My boys love to eat crickets,” she added.

Besides crickets, Jolie has also confessed to eating cockroaches — which she calls “the beetle” — but she draws the line at spiders, another Asian delicacy. She admitted,

“I have yet to have the taratulas-on-a-stick . . . I don’t know if I can get around the fur,”

She also eschews spider soup, as well as bee larvae, which she has tasted but doesn’t like.

Cock Roach
Credit: Flickr / darkday / Creative Commons

In 2013, a report said she ate a dish of cockroaches during another trip to Cambodia and said they were “tasty.” She acknowledged, however, that the pointed part of the cockroach’s abdomen wasn’t edible, and that she would break off that part before eating the rest of the bug.

There may be some method to her madness, because insects are said to be both low in fat and high in protein. And Jolie may have embarked on her strange bug-eating diet due to health concerns. In May 2013 it was announced that she’d had a double mastectomy due an estimated 87 percent genetic risk of breast cancer, and in March 2015 it was revealed that she’d had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed due to a 50 percent genetic risk of ovarian cancer.

Former Foreign Secretary and Special Envoy to the UN High Commissioner on Refugees
Angelina Jolie as Special Envoy to the UN High Commissioner on Refugees. Credit: Flickr / Foreign and Commonwealth Office / CC

Nevertheless, late in 2015 when the United Nations’ Special Envoy and internationally acclaimed actress was back in Cambodia directing a new Netflix film, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, reports surfaced that the once-shapely starlet was down to 88 pounds. She allegedly was eating nothing but bugs, mostly crickets — apparently to show solidarity with poor rural Asian peoples.

By June 2016 she was described as “scary skinny,” rarely eating, drinking too much wine, and constantly smoking. Husband Brad Pitt was reportedly concerned, as were family friends, one of whom divulged that Jolie had been anorexic in her teen years.

Pitt apparently didn’t endorse his wife’s bug-eating — according to MSN he was “not happy” and thought her diet was “madness” — and this may have been at least a small factor in the stars’ marriage break-up.

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