Remember James Haven? It was a pretty scandalous time. She won the Oscar for “Girl, Interrupted” and proceeded to smooch her bro. But it was the kind of smooch that made people go “hmm, so that’s how it is in their family…”. Seriously, they looked like an incestuous brother/sister serial killer team. It also helped that she was dressed like the Queen of the Damned and he had porcelain gay face. Anyway, James has opened up about their upbringing, speculating on the hardship that might have led to Angelina being so philanthropic .
“I have no memory at all of my mother shouting at me or at my sister,” James explains. “But I do have horrible memories of my father and the way he behaved. He was so tough on our mother.
“He lived in the same town. We saw him around Christmas time or at school recitals. He was always around but he never did his job as a father. I think one of the reasons Angelina and I care so much for other people is his treatment of our mother. Angelina and I were very protective of her for that reason.”
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It was their mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who provided the emotional underpinning to their lives, he says – the one point of stability amid the chaos. Her loss to cancer, aged just 56, has been devastating.
“Angie has become very thin because she’s grieving,” he admits. “It’s even difficult for her to eat. I keep saying to her, ‘Don’t forget to eat’.
Money was one of many battlegrounds, although there should hardly have been a shortage of cash. By 1975, he was a household name, handsome, blue-eyed and in demand.
Yet according to James, it was a constant battle – to the point that Angelina and her older brother were reduced to pleading with him to pay the child support he owed.
“I tried hard when I was alone with him,” recalls James. “The alimony was always an issue. He would claim he was taking good care of her.
James, who has the same striking looks as his sister, travels with Brad and Angelina on many of their foreign expeditions, and spends hours in the company of her growing brood. Growing up, they never went hungry, but there were hardships. No one in Hollywood walks – Los Angeles is not built for the convenience of pedestrians – yet neither Angelina nor James could afford a car.
He explains: “One of the saddest things in my life happened when I was 16, which is when you can get your permit to drive in LA. I did not have a car in High School and neither did Angelina.
“Try to imagine. You go to Beverly Hills High, one of the wealthiest High Schools in the nation. Even the cheapest car that anyone has is brand new. All my friends are well off. I have a movie-star father and no car.
“It was debilitating. I did not to go to the prom [the social highlight of an American high school career] because I felt uncomfortable that Dad would have to drive me. It’s an embarrassing thing.
Ok, I was almost with ya. Mom died of cancer, Dad was an ass. But you didn’t have a car in high school? Bitch, get a job and buy one like everyone else did! Go work at the Peach Pit or the Beverly Hills Beach Club as a cabana boy! Cry me a goddamn river. “Debilitating”? Lou Gehrig’s disease is debilitating! Ass.