As a child of di­vorce, all I can say is that’s ter­ri­ble news for those chil­dren, and that’s all you can re­ally say. It’s bor­ing to sort of com­ment on any­thing else. Peo­ple are hav­ing a bad time. That’s hor­ri­ble”

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rea­son, the rit­ual of hav­ing cut my­self and feel­ing, like, pain — feel­ing pain maybe, feel­ing alive, feel­ing some kind of re­lease … was some­how ther­a­peu­tic to me.”

In 2010, An­gelina spoke out again about feel­ing com­pelled to go to ex­tremes as a young woman. “I used to cut my­self or jump out of air­planes, try­ing to find some­thing new to push up against, be­cause some­times ev­ery­thing else felt too easy,” she ad­mit­ted. “I was search­ing for some­thing deeper, some­thing more. I tried ev­ery­thing. I al­ways felt caged, closed in, like I was punch­ing at things that weren’t there. I al­ways had too much en­ergy for the room I was in. … It might partly ex­plain why I ended up do­ing cer­tain ex­treme things in my life.” All of this could be fod­der for Brad in his ar­gu­ment that she should not have sole phys­i­cal cus­tody.

Her lat­est ex­treme ma­neu­ver is to try to keep Brad from gain- ing phys­i­cal cus­tody of his kids, while us­ing an army of top ad­vis­ers to help her. Brad des­per­ately wants the kids back in his life. “Last week, he at­tempted to call Mad­dox on his cell­phone, to apol­o­gize [about the Sept. 14 plane in­ci­dent that sparked the DCFS in­ves­ti­ga­tion] and tell his old­est son how much he loved him,” says the Brad in­sider. (As In Touch ex­clu­sively re­ported, Brad tried to dis­ci­pline the kids dur­ing the pri­vate plane’s de­scent into Min­nesota. Brad told Pax to sit down and Pax told his dad to “shut the f--- up,” caus­ing Brad to get out of his seat and get in Pax’s face and tell him to “f---ing sit down now.” Mad­dox then got in the mid­dle of it.) “But Mad­dox’s phone num­ber had been changed. Brad called Angie’s as­sis­tant and asked her to put him on the phone. The as­sis­tant re­fused and promptly hung up on Brad.” Brad hates it, but he ex­pected it: “He feels that Angie turned the older boys against him,” says the Brad in­sider, who pre­vi­ously told In Touch that the younger kids “all told DCFS they missed their dad.”

Mandatory fam­ily ther­apy could help. As part of the tem­po­rary cus­tody agree­ment bro­kered by DCFS, Brad and An­gelina agreed to both un­dergo in­di­vid­ual ther­apy as well as fam­ily coun­sel­ing with the kids. That means they will be in the same room. One source said that An­gelina was re­fus­ing to do that, but Fields says that’s not true, and she ab­so­lutely will be in the same room as Brad dur­ing fam­ily ther­apy. That’s a good thing be­cause if one spouse re­fused to be in the same room it could have dire con­se­quences for the health of the fam­ily. “In a per­fect world,” says Wendy O’con­nor, a li­censed mar­riage and fam­ily ther­a­pist in LA who doesn’t coun­sel the stars, “it’s im­por­tant for kids to see par­ents aligned as a united front and be­ing cor­dial to

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each other. You want to be mind­ful of what is in the best in­ter­est of the chil­dren.” The former cou­ple, she ad­vises, “are go­ing to have to be on the same page if they want a suc­cess­ful, com­mu­nica­tive, lov­ing fam­ily.”

But An­gelina thinks she knows best. Be­sides hir­ing high-pow­ered di­vorce at­tor­ney Laura Wasser, An­gelina has also brought in le­gal pro­fes­sion­als Fields and O’don­nell (the lat­ter­was named one of the 100 most in­flu­en­tial lawyers in Amer­ica by The Na­tional Law Jour­nal). An­gelina has al­ready spent “over $2 mil­lion in re­tainer fees to her di­vorce lawyers,” adds the Brad in­sider. “She is plan­ning on do­ing what­ever it takes to get full cus­tody of all six kids.”

On Oct. 1, Fields fired off a let­ter to nu­mer­ous press out­lets. It stated, “I rep­re­sent An­gelina Jolie Pitt. This is to ad­dress a very se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion. What is at stake here is the health, wel­fare and safety of six mi­nor chil­dren. Their pro­tec­tion is the only is­sue about which An­gelina is con­cerned.” When ques­tioned by In Touch about Brad’s drug and al­co­hol use, Fields said, “I’m not go­ing to com­ment on that. I’m not go­ing to com­ment on his be­hav­ior.”

Brad’s main con­cern is the wel­fare of his chil­dren, sources say. And he’s do­ing what­ever DCFS asks in his ef­fort to get his kids back. “He could fight the rec­om­men­da­tions that he sub­mit to ran­dom drug tests for the next sev­eral weeks, but will do it to prove to au­thor­i­ties that Angie was ly­ing about a lot of the al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing child abuse that were made against him,” says the Brad in­sider. “He will do what­ever DCFS wants, be­cause Brad knows he will be vin­di­cated.”

Has An­gelina gone too far? “She over­played her hand big-time, and it’s com­ing back to bite her,” says the Brad in­sider. “She made all of these al­le­ga­tions against Brad, but there has been noth­ing alarm­ing that’s come up.” (How­ever, a source close to An­gelina in­sists Brad’s drink­ing and pot-smok­ing is a very real con­cern.) An­gelina’s be­hav­ior is also be­ing ex­am­ined. When the kids were in­ter­viewed, her tem­per was dis­cussed, says a source. “With­out get­ting into spe­cific incidents, she was por­trayed as los­ing her cool at times.”

Some of the chil­dren are un­happy with the no­madic life­style their mother has given them, ac­cord­ing to a source with knowl­edge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “At least two of the kids don’t like mov­ing around all the time and just wanted to live at their house in Los An­ge­les,” says the source. “This is very sig­nif­i­cant be­cause it’s a key area of the di­vorce. An­gelina wants to con­tinue to take her kids around the world whereas Brad wants the kids to have sta­bil­ity and a rou­tine. This in­cludes go­ing to a tra­di­tional school.”

Once Brad and An­gelina get through the DCFS in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the real bat­tle will be­gin. “When they step into that court­room, An­gelina will be out for blood,” says the Brad and An­gelina source. She won’t hesitate to use the mere ex­is­tence of the DCFS in­ves­ti­ga­tion to her ad­van­tage. “She could say, ‘ Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — just be­cause DCFS didn’t have enough to pro­ceed, that doesn’t mean it didn’t hap­pen.’ The sheer fact of the [in­ves­tiga­tive] process cre­ates this doubt,” ex­plains LA fam­ily law at­tor­ney Goldie Schon, who doesn’t rep­re­sent the ac­tors. Un­for­tu­nately for An­gelina, so far Brad’s done ev­ery­thing right, adds Schon: “If I were rep­re­sent­ing Brad, I’d tell him to be fully co­op­er­a­tive be­cause I’d want him to show how good he is and how [the al­le­ga­tions] are bo­gus. As long as ev­ery­thing is clean, I think at the end of the day, a judge will say they should both have joint phys­i­cal and le­gal cus­tody.”

That’s what Brad hopes will ul­ti­mately hap­pen. “He just wants to get a cus­tody agree­ment in place and move on from this mess that Angie cre­ated,” says the Brad in­sider. “But he’s still pre­pared to bat­tle Angie for sole phys­i­cal cus­tody of all six kids if she doesn’t re­lent.” He’s fed up with all the ma­nip­u­la­tion and wants her to stop play­ing dirty. Fields tells In Touch that An­gelina “would love to have a fam­ily set­tle­ment that makes sense.” So far, for An­gelina that means sole phys­i­cal cus­tody. That’s not ac­cept­able to Brad. “It’s go­ing to get ugly be­tween Brad and An­gelina when they face off in fam­ily court,” says the Brad and An­gelina source. “But Brad won’t be in­tim­i­dated by her any longer.” ◼

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