I seem to have the same problem, only worse!
As a result of so-called “updates” 1.25.69 and 1.25.70, Brave browser does NOT connect to ANY
websites directly, instead displaying notification box PAGE UNRESPONSIVE.
Since WAIT for an unresponsive page seems counterintuitive, I RELOAD at least once, but almost invariably, two or more times.
EXAMPLE: Attempting to contact BRAVE about this, I was directed to create a “Brave Community account”. After only one PAGE reload, I entered my data, and again after a single PAGE reload, was able to submit my data. Being then directed to confirm account via email, it only took FIVE reloads and a mere 15 minutes to connect to my gmail account.
NOTE: Prior to the two alleged “UPDATES”, I never had any problem connecting directly to any websites at any time!