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
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’.