- The 46-year-old A-list actress took to Instagram on Thursday morning
- She shared a sweet snap of herself smiling alongside daughter Shiloh, 15
- The actress and her teen were seen outside a home while in Cambodia
- Jolie grinned as she gazed down and placed her hand over her heart
- Angelina explained that being around the people in the Southeast Asian nation always picks up her spirits
Days after her ex-husband Brad Pitt filed a lawsuit against her for selling her share of a jointly owned estate and winery to a Russian businessman, Angelina Jolie was in need of a reset.
The 46-year-old A-list actress took to Instagram on Thursday morning to share a sweet snap of herself smiling alongside 15-year-old daughter Shiloh in Cambodia.
Jolie grinned from ear-to-ear as she gazed down and placed her hand over her heart and explained in the caption that being around the people in the Southeast Asian nation always picks up her spirits.
She wrote to her 12.3million followers: ‘A few days in Cambodia among the warm local people, and I feel my soul is recovering. This has always been a special country for me and our family.’
Jolie’s family has strong ties to the country as she adopted eldest child Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt, 20, from the country and even founded a non-profit charity organization dedicated to environmental security, improving health, and creating peace and stability in all communities in his name called the Maddox Jolie-Pitt (MJP) Foundation.
She also shared an image of herself during a meeting with men in both business and military attire and also addressed the image in the caption as she wrote: ‘Happy to be reunited with friends and colleagues at MJP Foundation in Samlot district.
‘The entirely local team runs programs for health and education and conservation. I spent some time with forest rangers discussing land encroachment, poaching and mapping patrol routes.’
Angelina first witnessed the effects of the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Cambodia while filming 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
She later bought a home in the country in 2003 in order to connect son Maddox with his heritage in an area which had become infiltrated with poachers and threatened endangered species so she purchased it and turned it into a wildlife reserve paving the way for the MJP foundation.
In recognition of her conservation efforts King Norodom Sihamoni awarded her Cambodian citizenship on July 31, 2005.
Her Instagram post comes days after ex-husband Pitt, 58, filed a lawsuit against Jolie after she offloaded her share of the French estate Château Miraval the Correns, France winery to Russian oligarch Yuri Shefler.
Shefler is the owner of S.P.I. Group which produces and sells more than 300 brands of alcohol including Stolichnaya vodka and he has a net worth of around $2.5 billion, according to Forbes.
Brad said in court documents he and Jolie initially purchased the winery in 2008 for $28.4 million, at which time she put down about 40 percent of the funding (about $11.36 million).
Brad now wants a judge to order Angelina to undo the deal after Tenute del Mondo, controlled by Yuri, with court documents claiming she completed the sale of her 50 percent stake ‘without his knowledge’.
The Fight Club actor told the court he and Jolie had agreed they would not sell off their interest in the winery without the consent of the other party.
He said he put far more work and funding into the winery to make it profitable, and by 2013 she hadn’t matched his efforts on either front.
In court documents filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, and obtained by the New York Post’s Page Six column, reads: ‘Jolie consummated the purported sale without Pitt’s knowledge, denying Pitt the consent right she owed him and the right of first refusal her business entity owed his.
‘She sold her interest with the knowledge and intention that Shefler and his affiliates would seek to control the business to which Pitt had devoted himself and to undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval.’
Jolie informed the court that she intended to sell her share of the winery in July of 2021, Brad said in legal documents, adding in September of 2021 he consented to letting the Lara Croft actress seek out a buyer who he would have approval rights on.
At the time, her firm and her former husband’s own Bongo LLC were equal shareholders in a Luxembourg company that had ownership interests in the Chateau Miraval estate in France, and a winery business branded as SNC Miraval Provence.
The actor told the court he learned in October of 2021 Jolie had sold her share to Shefler’s organization, and did not seek his approval or the deal or disclose the terms to him, against what they had previously agreed to.
He also said Shefler’s involvement has been detrimental to his ability to efficiently run the winery.
In the suit, his team argues: ‘The purported sale deprives Pitt of his right to enjoy his private home and to oversee the business he developed from scratch.’
A source close to Brad told TMZ his ex-wife disregarded ‘her legal and ethical obligations’ in selling her share to Shefler, and ‘in doing so, she has violated the rights of the only person who poured money and sweat equity into the success of the business by purporting to sell both the business and family home to a third-party competitor.’
Angelina ‘is seeking a return on an investment she did not make and profits she did not earn,’ the insider said.
The former Hollywood couple, who wed in 2014 and split in 2016, have been entangled in the legal system amid battles on multiple issues over the past five years-plus.
Last May, Brad was awarded joint custody of their minor children, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and Vivienne and Knox, 13. They are also parents to Maddox, 20.
Brad and Angelina met and by their own admission ‘fell in love’ while filming Mr and Mrs Smith in the summer of 2004 while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston.
After a controversial start, they quickly became Hollywood’s golden power couple and quickly grew their family.
They eventually married in 2014 at their Chateau Miraval in France in front of all six of their children.
But by August 2016, their high-profile romance had collapse and Angelina filed for divorce and requested primary custody of their children, marking the beginning of the long and ugly legal war.
In 2019, Pitt revealed that he turned to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) after his split from Angelina because his drinking had got out of control.