After They Locked Lips On The Red Carpet, What Happened to Angelina Jolie's Brother?

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After They Locked Lips On The Red Carpet, What Happened to Angelina Jolie's Brother?


After becoming a media sensation in 2000, James Haven, older brother of Angelina Jolie, has seemingly disappeared.

Jolie's brother become famous when he accompanied her to the 2000 Academy Awards, where she was up for an Oscar.

Jolie won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Girl, Interrupted, but it wasn't the achievement that made headlines that night. Her affection for her brother actually started to raise questions about their relationship.


While accepting the Oscar, Jolie declared that she was "so in love" with Haven. At another point that night, the brother and sister locked lips, which sparked rumors that the two were actually dating.

It was the first Academy Award nomination for the iconic actress and she was clearly overwhelmed with the whole situation.

"I'm "” I'm in shock. And I'm just so in love with my brother right now. He just held me and said he loved me and I know he's so happy for me," she said in her acceptance speech.


Both Jolie and Haven have downplayed their notorious kiss over the years.

"First, we're the best of friends. And it wasn't some odd open-mouthed kiss. It was disappointing that something so beautiful and pure could be turned into a circus," Jolie told People magazine in 2004.

That sentiment was echoed by her brother.

"I did not give Angie a French kiss; it was something simple and lovely," Haven clarified to the Daily Mail in 2007. "She was about to go off to Mexico to finish filming Original Sin (2001) with Antonio Banderas. I congratulated her on the Oscar win and gave her a quick kiss on the lips. It was snapped and became a big thing round the world."

There was more to the story though.

In 2014, a close friend of the siblings said that the smooch was inspired by their late mother, Marcheline Bertrand's health issues.

"The day she kissed Jamie at the Oscars, it was the first day Marcheline was treated for cancer. They left the hospital together and got ready together," Cis Rundle told Radar Online. "Nobody in the world knew that they spent the day in the hospital. It was like, 'Look where we're at now.' But the world saw something incestual. It was meant to be 'Here we are.' They only ever had each other. They had a very tight relationship with each other and their mother."

While Jolie and Haven were very close to their mother, the difficult relationship with their father, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, was very public.

"I have no memory at all of my mother shouting at me or at my sister," Haven told the Daily Mail in 2007. "But I do have horrible memories of my father and the way he behaved. He was so tough on our mother."

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Their relationship was so strained that Haven dropped his last name in favor of his middle name, as did Jolie.

"He lived in the same town. We saw him around Christmas time or at school recitals," Haven said. "He was always around but he never did his job as a father."

In 2009, Haven became a born-again Christian, and was able to reconcile with his father, and encouraged his sister to do the same. A year later, Jolie followed her brother's lead.

The siblings have remained very close throughout the years, with Haven accompanying his sister to some of her biggest movie premieres.

"I go to Angie for advice and won't do anything without her because we were so close as children," he told the Daily Mail in 2007.

Haven has continued to spend a lot of time with Jolie's six children, especially since her divorce from Brad Pitt. He has accompanied Jolie and her kids on numerous trips throughout 2016, and is even said to be serving as a full-time nanny for the actress.


In March 2017, a source revealed that he was no longer watching over the Salt star's children.

"Things haven't been easy with Brad and Angelina's divorce, and James has done more than his fair share helping out while the family goes through a major upheaval. But he's done. He's loved spending so much time with his nieces and nephews, but it's hard work and he's absolutely shattered. It was his job to be there if any of the kids woke up during the night and to deal with the nannies if they had any issues. He was virtually running the household and it became very draining."

He left his role in the family with his sister's blessing though.

"She was worried about how exhausted he looked and realized he needed a break," the insider said. "Brad is coming back into the kids' lives, so things have calmed down a little. She's grateful that James was there, but knows she can't rely on him every step of the way."

What do you think of the siblings's relationship? Is there such thing as being "too close"?

Source: Nicki Swift