In a stunning rebuke to modern celebrity culture, Brad Pitt revealed that he spent a year looking for buried medieval treasures that were never found under his French estate.
Yes, for some reason, the Oscar winner decided to confess to being swindled by an unnamed person who convinced him that the property he once shared with ex-wife Angelina Jolie was even more valuable than the alleged $60 million. dollars that the former couple shelled out for her. back in 2008.
Speaking to GQ in a profile posted Wednesday, Pitt said he was told that the villa’s medieval owners left “millions of dollars worth of gold” that was “carried out of the Levant during the Crusades and buried on the grounds.”
“I became obsessed,” said Pitt, who purchased radar equipment to hunt for prey. “For a year, it was all I could think about, just the excitement of it all. Maybe it has something to do with where I grew up, because in the Ozarks, not far from his childhood home in Missouri, “there were always rumors of caches of gold.”
In the end, Pitt came up empty and it was revealed that the man had targeted him as a potential investor in a radar manufacturing company and (successfully) offered the prospect of undiscovered riches to swindle the actor.
Pitt said the ordeal made him feel “pretty stupid”.
“It was just a hunt that was exciting,” he remarked.
Despite the somewhat embarrassing admission, there is reason to believe that treasure may be buried under the historic villa.
Pitta Miraval Castle is located along an ancient Roman trade route and includes a sprawling estate and various buildings, including the 13th-century chapel where he and Jolie were married.
The castle and its award-winning wine from the property’s vineyards has since become a major source of contention in the former couple’s ongoing battle over divorce.
After Jolie sold her stake in the business to Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler last year, Pitt sued her in February, saying she illegally violated their agreement never to sell her shares without permission from the other side.
In a statement from Pitt’s legal team earlier this month, the actor claims that Jolie “tried to harm him” by forcing him to partner with a “stranger with toxic associations and intentions” who plans to launch a “hostile” takeover of the business. .
Jolie has not commented on Pitt’s accusations or his hunt for fake treasures.