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The Pitt of despair

It's pretty hard to believe, what with Brad being a millionaire renowned beauty and Hollywood movie star, but Monsieur Pitt was once chucked in his youth by his then fiancee Jill Schoelen. We have a suspicion that the story has been invented by Brad to make us mortals feel better about our lot, but we'll take solace where we can get it...

Brad told The Sun, 'I lost most of my money on a crazy trip to see my then girlfriend who was working on a film in Budapest. This is something I wish I knew at 18 - or any age. I should have seen it coming a mile away - in neon. She called me up in Los Angeles and was crying on the phone. She was lonely and there was a huge drama. At this point I had $800 (£500) to my name and I spent 600 of it getting a ticket from LA to Hungary to see her.

Brad continued, 'I got there, went straight to the set where she was filming and that night we went out to dinner. She told me that she'd fallen in love with the director of the film. I was shocked and said, 'I'm outta here'. I picked up my bag and got a cab to the station. These were the days when Hungary was still Communist. I spent my night in Budapest, sitting on a bench, smoking, with just a local bum to talk to who couldn't speak English.'

Hmmm, but where is the youthful heartbreaker now? Probably still kicking herself, on a daytime telly set in Luton. Or something...

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