After becoming a media sensation in 2000, James Haven, older brother of Angelina Jolie, has seemingly disappeared.
Jolie’s brother become famous when he accompanied her to the 2000 Academy Awards, where she was up for an Oscar.
Jolie won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Girl, Interrupted, but it wasn’t the achievement that made headlines that night. Her affection for her brother actually started to raise questions about their relationship.
While accepting the Oscar, Jolie declared that she was “so in love” with Haven. At another point that night, the brother and sister locked lips, which sparked rumors that the two were actually dating.
It was the first Academy Award nomination for the iconic actress and she was clearly overwhelmed with the whole situation.
“I’m — I’m in shock. And I’m just so in love with my brother right now. He just held me and said he loved me and I know he’s so happy for me,” she said in her acceptance speech.
Both Jolie and Haven have downplayed their notorious kiss over the years.
“First, we’re the best of friends. And it wasn’t some odd open-mouthed kiss. It was disappointing that something so beautiful and pure could be turned into a circus,” Jolie told People magazine in 2004.
That sentiment was echoed by her brother.
“I did not give Angie a French kiss; it was something simple and lovely,” Haven clarified to the Daily Mail in 2007. “She was about to go off to Mexico to finish filming Original Sin (2001) with Antonio Banderas. I congratulated her on the Oscar win and gave her a quick kiss on the lips. It was snapped and became a big thing round the world.”
There was more to the story though.