Amid their cus­tody bat­tle, Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie pre­pare to tell all in front of a judge

UN­ABLE TO REACH A CUS­TODY AGREE­MENT, THE EXES PRE­PARE TO TELL ALL IN FRONT OF A JUDGE

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More than two years have passed since An­gelina Jolie filed for di­vorce from Brad Pitt – and since then, the exes haven’t been able to come to an agree­ment on cus­tody of their six kids. Now, af­ter months and months of trad­ing barbs both pub­licly and pri­vately, dead­locked Brad and Angie are head­ing to trial.

‘The di­vorce has got­ten off-the-charts ugly, and Brad and An­gelina are ready to ex­pose each other’s deep­est and dark­est se­crets in court in or­der to achieve their goals,’ says a friend, not­ing that Ange wants sole cus­tody while Brad is af­ter shared cus­tody. ‘Brad is meet­ing with lawyers every other day – he’s tired of An­gelina mak­ing him out to be the worst fa­ther in the world.’

It’s hard to imag­ine their di­vorce war get­ting worse. But it’s about to – a judge is set to hear every sor­did ac­cu­sa­tion and de­tail of their bust-ups. ‘They don’t phys­i­cally go to the court house,’ ex­plains La-based fam­ily law at­tor­ney Goldie Schon. ‘Their ac­tual court hear­ings are in a con­fer­ence room in some­body’s of­fice with a judge. A trial for cus­tody, in their case with all the kids and the wit­nesses, I wouldn’t be sur­prised if it was a 20- or 30-day trial.’

In de­po­si­tions, Angie and Brad can be asked al­most any­thing that might paint the other in a neg­a­tive light. And Brad’s ea­ger to tes­tify. ‘Af­ter 12 years to­gether, Brad has seen Angie at her very worst and knows all her dark­est se­crets,’ says a source, not­ing that her jeal­ousy is­sues com­bined with a bad tem­per made his life a sti­fling night­mare. ‘To­ward the end of their mar­riage, he saw her as a cruel bully.’ There were ‘mul­ti­ple in­ci­dents where she and Brad had scream­ing matches’, adds the friend.

The kids can also take the stand – and Angie may even want her four el­dest chil­dren to be front and cen­tre dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings, re­veals a fam­ily friend. An­other source claims,

TO­WARD THE END OF THEIR MAR­RIAGE, [BRAD] SAW [ANGE] AS A CRUEL BULLY

‘She wants all the kids to tell the judge they want to live with her,’ and adds: ‘She’s beg­ging them, “Choose me!”’

But it’s Angie’s tes­ti­mony that may be the most shock­ing of the court bat­tle, ac­cord­ing to the fam­ily friend. ‘She will con­tinue on her mis­sion to as­sas­si­nate Brad’s char­ac­ter,’ they tell. ‘She’s kept a diary and in­cluded, among other things, de­tails about his drink­ing and his in­ter­ac­tions with their kids. And she’s not go­ing to hold any­thing back.’

To make him look bad, Angie may even bring up her sus­pi­cions that her hus­band stepped out on her with ev­ery­one from Si­enna Miller to Mar­ion Cotil­lard (who strongly de­nied any ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship with Brad), says the fam­ily friend. But Brad thinks she’s com­pletely out of touch with re­al­ity, and ‘for every power play Angie and her team tries, Brad and his lawyers are ready’, the friend notes.

‘They have compiled a com­plete dossier on An­gelina and the is­sues she’s strug­gled with over the years. Brad had hoped it would never come to this in court, but he’s be­ing pushed to ex­pose her in­ner de­mons. It won’t be pretty.’

But he’s faced his own de­mons. The ac­tor has ac­knowl­edged he was drink­ing too much dur­ing their mar­riage and has since got­ten sober. ‘He’s changed men­tally, phys­i­cally and spir­i­tu­ally, and proven him­self to be a model of the lov­ing, con­cerned fa­ther,’ as­serts the fam­ily friend. Now he’s pre­pared for vic­tory in court – though lawyer Goldie cau­tions that a win now doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean the di­vorce saga is over for Brad and Angie. e.

‘The minute there is a change ge of cir­cum­stances, they can go back to court and try to change ge cus­tody again,’ she ex­plains. ‘This could con­tinue un­til each h of these chil­dren are at least 18 years old.’ But the kids, who Brad hasn’t been pic­tured with h since be­fore the 2016 split, are worth the fight for their dad. ‘It’s just very, very jar­ring for the kids to sud­denly have their fam­ily ripped apart,’ Brad d says of the di­vorce. He’s hop­ing to help them through it, he notes, and his ‘fo­cus is that ev­ery­one comes out stronger and bet­ter peo­ple – there is no other out­come’.

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