BRAD Pitt has bought a bachelor pad to help him sort out his split from Angelina Jolie.
The 46-year-old Ocean's Eleven actor secretly spent $US1.1 million ($1.2 million) on the house, complete with a cave, in the Hollywood Hills.
"The house oozes character," a source said.
"Brad has had his eye on it for some time but he decided now was the right time to buy because he wanted a place to call his own.
"He needs somewhere quiet that doesn't have memories of Angie where he can be alone and think about what he does next."
Built in 1920$US2.1 million, the property has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a bar area. The cave is built into the foundations.
It was reported yesterday that Pitt's mother Jane had stepped in to try to save his relationship with Jolie.
Jane Pitt plans to use the skills she learnt as a family counsellor when she meets the 34-year-old actress in Los Angeles next week.
The 70-year-old has apparently become close to Jolie thanks to their joint work in setting up a cancer centre.
But she has always favoured her son's ex-wife, actress Jennifer Aniston, 40.
Pitt and Jolie are already believed to have enlisted lawyers to negotiate the division of their $US332 ($370 million) million fortune and custody of their children.
But a family source said: "Brad is desperately trying to cling on to the wreckage of the relationship as he is still very much in love with Angelina and believes they can make it work.
"Jane wants what is best for her son and grandchildren and Angie has agreed to meet her. She has stuck at her own marriage and worked with families for 30 years trying to keep them together."