Melissa Etheridge Slams Angelina Jolie, Speaks Out in Support of Brad Pitt
The singer speaks out in support of Brad Pitt, says abusive behavior allegations are 'completely unfounded'
The singer, a longtime friend of Pitt‘s (she sang at his wedding to Jennifer Aniston), told Andy Cohen that she’s heartbroken over all the news surrounding the divorce during her visit to Cohen’s Sirius XM radio show Andy Cohen Live Monday.
“It breaks my heart that anyone would take something as personal as your marriage and your relationship and your rights to your children and do it as purposefully as I see it’s being done,” she said. Etheridge, who went through her own custody battle with ex Tammy Lynn Michaels in 2010, criticized Jolie and her legal team for how they’re handling the news surrounding the divorce.
“There’s a way to be. I’ve gone through family courts,” Etheridge said. “I’ve been twice around this block, and I know it really well, and I know when there’s some forethought to just how mean [you can be] and just how you’re going to put disinformation out there first.”
When asked by Cohen about allegations Pitt got verbally abusive and physical with his son, Etheridge, who also admitted to not having contact with Pitt for “years,” called them “completely unfounded” and “heartbreaking.”
A source close to Jolie previously told PEOPLE that she was acting in the best interests of her family. “Angelina did what she felt she needed to do,” said the source.
Etheridge expressed that she would love to reconnect with Pitt.
“I really hope that he reaches back out because there are a lot of us who haven’t seen him in 10 years,” Etheridge said. “And it was hard then. We all lost a friend.”
The singer added that she has first-hand experience with what she claims was “nasty” behavior from Jolie.
“I was around when Angelina was not doing nice things with Billy Bob to Laura Dern,” Etheridge said, referencing Jolie’s whirlwind romance and eventual marriage to Billy Bob Thornton – who at the time was engaged to Etheridge’s friend Laura Dern.
“I went through that on a personal level, and then to know the side of Jennifer [Aniston] and Brad…” she said, trailing off. “I helped Laura move out of her house with Billy Bob – I like broke into their home to get their stuff out because it was so nasty.”
This isn’t the first time the singer has chastised the actress. In 2013, shortly after Jolie revealed she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy, Etheridge countered, “I have to say I feel a little differently. I have that gene mutation too, and it’s not something I would believe in for myself. I wouldn’t call it the brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer.”