The next thing you know, you're carrying a bottle
up to an ex-husband's apartment and trying to get out
of the winery you share with another ex-husband.
Such is Angelina Jolie
's life, as she faces yet another stumbling block in her never-ending divorce
proceedings with Brad Pitt
, nearly five years after they called it quits.
Back when they were still Brangelina, the couple were early adopters of the celebrity-branded alcohol craze, paying $60 million for the Château Miraval estate in the south of France
in 2012. The sprawling and historic south of France property, which served as the former couple's wedding
venue, also has working vineyards and a track record for prize-winning wines, so naturally the pair launched their own label.
When their first and highly acclaimed rosé hit the shelves on Valentine's Day 2013, it sold out in just five hours, establishing the two as potential major players in the booze industry.
However, Jolie is now looking to sell her stake in the company, Nouvel LLC, which she reportedly owned before marrying Pitt and has continued to operate long after their divorce.
According to E! News
, the “Maleficent” actress filed a petition in a Los Angeles
court this week to have a temporary restraining order lifted on their shared marital assets, which has been in place since she filed for divorce in 2016.
Jolie has reportedly been looking to sell her stake in the company for some time after talks with Pitt fell through, and she has found a third-party buyer, but cannot proceed without Pitt's approval.
“After all these years of attempting to disentangle herself from being business
partners with her ex-husband on acceptable financial terms, Ms. Jolie is extremely desirous of closing the pending agreement for the sale of Nouvel, LLC, and requests that the Court issue an order lifting the [temporary restraining orders] and specifying that they shall not apply to Ms. Jolie’s sale of Nouvel, LLC,” Jolie’s spokesman said.
A similar request was reportedly made by Jolie's legal team last month, but it was denied due to a "lack of showing of immediate danger/irreparable harm or immediate loss/danger to property."
However, the court documents state that “time is of the essence because the buyer has communicated that any delay may result in the buyer pulling out of the deal
,” according to ET.
A court hearing
on the dispute has been scheduled for September, as the two parties continue to work out their contentious custody arrangements.
Jolie recently faced a major setback in her divorce proceedings with Pitt, who was granted temporary joint custody of the couple's five minor children
in the spring. Jolie is set to appeal the tentative decision in court next month.