Brad Pitt says he spent a year searching for buried treasure on his French estate because someone lied to him about it

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  • Brad Pitt was told buried treasure was on his estate.

  • He searched for a year only to learn it was all a scam.

  • The person who told him about the gold was just trying to have him invest in a radar company.

Brad Pitt opened up to GQ for it's August cover story about the quest to unearth buried treasure on the thousand-acre estate in Provence, France, that he bought with ex-wife Angelina Jolie in 2008.

On the site where he produces the hugely successful wine Château Miraval, Pitt told the magazine he was informed that millions of dollars worth of gold dating back to the Crusades was buried somewhere on the estate.

"I got obsessed," Pitt said. "Like for a year, this was all I could think about, just the excitement of it all."

The Oscar winner said that he bought radar equipment and began surveying the property for the treasure.

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

Chateau Miraval Castle
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie bought this thousand acre estate in Provence in 2008 for $67 million.MICHEL GANGNE/AFP via Getty Images

However, it was all a lie. It turned out the man who told him about the gold was only trying to get Pitt to invest in a radar company.

Pitt admitted it was "pretty foolish in the end."

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"It was just the hunt that was exciting," he said.

Pitt and Jolie were married on the property in 2014. The site, which they purchased for $67 million, was a sticking point in their divorce settlement.

In 2021, Jolie sold her 50% stake in the property and Château Miraval. Four months later, Pitt sued Jolie, accusing her of illegally selling her shares to Russian businessman Yuri Shefler.

Pitt's next role will be in the action-thriller "Bullet Train," opening in theaters on August 5.

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