Brad Pitt spent a year looking for gold in his French estate

Brad Pitt was enticed to search for buried treasure in his own backyard.

The “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood” star revealed in his August 2022 GQ magazine that a man once convinced him that one of the previous owners of his French castle had millions of dollars worth of gold during the Middle Ages. stole it and buried it on the estate.

“I became obsessed,” confessed Pitt, 58. “For a year this was all I could think about, just the excitement of it all.”

The Oklahoma native suggested that his upbringing may have played a part in his enthusiasm.

“Maybe it has something to do with where I grew up, because in the Ozark Mountains there were always stories of hidden gold deposits,” he said.

However, after a year of searching, Pitt found no treasure and discovered that the man who told him about it was looking to invest in some sort of radar company.

The “Moneyball” star called the experience “pretty silly in the end,” but concluded, “It was just the chase that was thrilling.”

An aerial view of Brad Pitt's French estate.
Pitt bought the estate in 2008 with ex Angelina Jolie for $28.4 million.
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However, Pitt’s French estate has brought him good luck: the vineyard is one of the world’s top producers of rosé wine, which has grown into a multi-million dollar business.

But Château Miraval has also been causing the “Fury” star some annoyance lately.

Pitt sued his ex-wife Angelina Jolie in February after she sold her interest in the property, which the “Troy” star claims the “Maleficent” star did “illegally”.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pose together at an event.
Pitt and Jolie were married at the estate in 2014.
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“Jolie completed the alleged sale without Pitt’s knowledge, and denied Pitt the right of consent she owed him and the right of first refusal that her business entity owed his,” the lawsuit alleged.

“She sold her stake with the knowledge and intention that” [Russian businessman Yuri] Shefler and his affiliates would try to control the businesses to which Pitt was committed and undermine Pitt’s investment in Miraval.”

Earlier this month, Pitt demanded a jury trial for the pending case.

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