In a stunning rebuke of today’s celebrity culture, Brad Pitt revealed he spent a year searching for buried medieval treasures that never existed beneath his French estate.
Yes, for some reason the Oscar winner chose to be scammed by an unnamed man who convinced him the property he once shared with ex-wife Angelina Jolie was even more valuable than the estimated $60 million dollars the former couple spent back in 2008.
Speaking to GQ in a profile published on Wednesday, the actor said he was told the mansion’s medieval owners left “millions of dollars worth of gold” which was “brought up from the Levant during the Crusades and buried on the site had been. ”
“I was obsessed,” said Brad, who acquired radar equipment to search for the prey. “Like a year, that was all I could think about, just the excitement of everything. Maybe it has something to do with where I grew up, because “in the Ozark Mountains” near his childhood home in Missouri “there were always stories about hidden gold deposits.”
Ultimately, Brad came up empty-handed, and it turns out the man had targeted him as a potential investor in a radar company and (successfully) pitched the prospect of undiscovered riches to fool the actor.
The actor said the ordeal made him feel “pretty stupid at the end.”
“Only the hunt was exciting,” he remarked.
Despite the somewhat embarrassing admission, there’s reason to believe buried treasure may lie beneath the historic mansion.
Located on an ancient Roman trade route, Château Miraval des Stars comprises a sprawling estate and various buildings, including the 13th-century chapel where he and Angelina were married.
The chateau and its award-winning wine from the estate’s vineyards have since become a major bone of contention in the former couple’s ongoing divorce battle.
After Angelina sold her stake in the company to Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler last year, Brad sued her in February, claiming she had unlawfully violated their agreement never to sell their shares without the other’s permission.
In a filing by his legal team earlier this month, the actor alleges his ex-wife tried to harm him by forcing him to work with “a stranger with toxic associations and intentions” who is plotting a “hostile” takeover of the business.
Angelina has not commented on her ex-husband’s allegations or his hunt for fake treasure.
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