10 hot sto­ries, in­clud­ing in­side Meghan’s royal squad, gaga for Gaga, and Angelina un­der pres­sure over lat­est toxic di­vorce bat­tle


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IT HAD ALL SEEMED too good to be true. Up un­til re­cent weeks, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie ap­peared to be steer­ing their once-hos­tile di­vorce pro­ceed­ings to an am­i­ca­ble res­o­lu­tion in a cor­dial fash­ion.

But Grazia has learned that, with the fi­nal set­tle­ment set to be im­mi­nent, the sit­u­a­tion has turned toxic yet again. Last week, Brad, 54, was said to have suc­cess­fully fought against Angelina’s plan to move their six chil­dren to Eng­land in­def­i­nitely, while she films Malef­i­cent 2, which has started shoot­ing in Lon­don.

‘Brad just isn’t giv­ing into Angie’s de­mands any more,’ an in­sider said. ‘It seems he’s now for­mally se­cured in­creased ac­cess to the kids, whereby he’s legally per­mit­ted to see them reg­u­larly and Angie can’t stand in his way.’

Brad – who re­cently moved on from the mar­riage with renowned sci­en­tist Neri Ox­man, 42 – was pic­tured smil­ing as he left a Los An­ge­les of­fice build­ing af­ter sev­eral hours in­side last week, where it was said he had been hash­ing out the new cus­tody agree­ment.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, this lat­est twist in their two-year di­vorce bat­tle is said to be putting an in­tense pres­sure on Angelina, 43, who has been in­sist­ing that their chil­dren, Mad­dox, 16, Pax, 14, Za­hara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and nine-year-old twins Knox and Vivi­enne, should be trav­el­ling with her at all times.

Angelina – who ar­rived in Lon­don with her fam­ily last month – has made no se­cret of her love for the UK. The ac­tress has worked closely with the gov­ern­ment on the Pre­vent­ing Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Ini­tia­tive (PSVI), as well as serv­ing as a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at the Lon­don School of Eco­nomics and Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence where she plans to con­tinue work­ing in Septem­ber. Last week, it was re­ported that she is now in talks to join a sec­ond movie in Eng­land – the fan­tasy drama Come Away – which is sched­uled to start soon af­ter her cur­rent project fin­ishes.

Another source close to Angelina added: ‘She’s been plan­ning her life in Lon­don with the kids for over a year now. Angelina has been lin­ing up film work there these past few months and has been go­ing about it all as though it’s a done deal. Sud­denly, this has be­come an in­cred­i­bly stress­ful sit­u­a­tion for her, she’s been floored and frus­trated by Brad’s ac­tions.’

Last July, Angelina told Van­ity Fair that life as a sin­gle mother in Los An­ge­les had not been easy, re­veal­ing: ‘It’s been the hard­est time, and we’re just kind of com­ing up for air,’ ad­ding: ‘ We’re all try­ing to do our best to heal our fam­ily.’

The in­ter­view came al­most a year af­ter it was re­vealed that Angelina planned to di­vorce Brad af­ter two years of mar­riage and 12 years to­gether. At the time, she claimed Brad had been ‘ver­bally abu­sive’ and ‘phys­i­cal’ to­wards their el­dest child Mad­dox on a pri­vate plane back from France. But fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the FBI, Brad was cleared of all child abuse ac­cu­sa­tions. The pair put out a joint state­ment that sug­gested they were no longer spar­ring part­ners. How­ever, in­sid­ers say that with ten­sions ris­ing, the ac­ri­mo­nious na­ture of their di­vorce bat­tle could rear its ugly head once again.

‘Angelina had al­ways as­sumed Brad would give her what she wanted, which is full cus­tody and a 50 per cent split of all their fi­nan­cial as­sets,’ the in­sider added. ‘But Brad has proven that he is now an able, lov­ing par­ent who’s con­quered any de­mons he once had and as such, wants to play an ac­tive part in the kids’ lives. They’re still work­ing on a fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment, but for now Brad is thrilled to have a more for­mal and se­cure sit­u­a­tion with re­gards to the kids – even if that means dis­rupt­ing Angelina’s new life in Lon­don.’

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