Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie‘ They Miss Their Father
Is spilling s secrets as their bitter divorce battle heads to family court
It was the darkest time in her life. Not long before her 2000 wedding to Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie was unable to reach him and broke down. “I ended up going crazy because I thought I actually lost him,” she told Larry King in a 2001 interview. “I didn’t realize how bad it was until [my late mother] kind of said, ‘ What’s wrong with you?’ I was just hysterical. I didn’t want to be suicidal. I didn’t want to do anything to try to hurt myself.” So on a doctor’s advice, she was admitted to UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and placed on a three-day psychiatric hold. Now, more than 16 years later, it’s
all coming back to haunt her. Two months after Angelina, 41, blindsided Brad Pitt, 52, and filed for divorce, demanded sole physical custody of their six kids and painted him as an unfit father in the press, the war between the estranged stars is exploding. Brad — who was cleared in early November by the Department of Children and Family Services of any wrongdoing and filed a response to Angelina’s divorce petition on Nov. 4, asking a judge to award himjoint legal and physical custody — is ready to face off with Angelina and get revenge on her in family court as their divorce battle explodes.
And he has a powerful secret weapon. “Brad is formally in the process of getting Angelina’s psych records from when she was hospitalized at UCLA,” an insider close to the situation tells In Touch exclusively. “It was a very difficult time in Angie’s life, but Brad thinks it’s absolutely relevant.” Brad has taken the high road and remained publicly silent about Angelina since the split. But behind the scenes he is ready to use his partner of 12 years’ mental health history in his fight for joint legal and physical custody of Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, “Angie is still adamant to this day that Brad cheated on her with his Allied co-star, Marion Cotillard,” says an insider. “No matter how many times Brad would deny it, Angie just wouldn’t believe it.”
8. “He’s very conflicted about getting Angie’s psych records,” says the insider, “but feels he has no other choice but to expose her secrets.”
Brad feels Angelina’s mental health history is important given her recent behavior. “Angie’s behavior over the past six months has been alarming to Brad because she has been acting so erratically,” says the insider. “This isn’t the person Brad fell in love with, and he thinks there is something very serious going on with her mental health.” One example, says the source, is Angie’s continued insistence that Brad was an unfit parent. “Even though DCFS cleared him, she is refusing to accept the findings,” says the source.
She also insists he was unfaithful with his Allied co-star Marion Cotillard. “It’s really consumed Angie. She’s had many breakdowns over her suspicions,” says the source. “At one point, she was even sure that Marion, who’s well into her second trimester with her second child with her longtime partner [actor-director Guillaume Canet], was actually pregnant with Brad’s baby. ” The stunning French actress, 41, issued a statement slamming the hurtful rumors in September, just days after Angelina filed for divorce, and was forced to address it yet again during her promotional tour for the sexy spy thriller. “I had nothing to do with those rumors or situation,” Marion insisted on Nov. 17.
Brad is deeply troubled by how Angelina’s been acting. “Her conduct in recent months speaks to a pattern of ongoing disturbing behavior, including delusions about events that never took place,” says the insider. “Angelina has it in her head that Brad’s a danger to the children and that he cheated on her. And she can’t let go of those deep betrayals.” Brad is especially concerned, the insider says, after learning that those ideas have been told to his and Angelina’s children. “Some of the kids have told social workers that their mother told them their father had another girlfriend and that is why the family was broken up,” says the insider. “The kids were devastated by the information. It’s a very sad situation.” Brad saw it as a cruel betrayal that changed everything — and only made him more determined to get custody of his kids.
Brad never wanted it to come to this. “His legal team is urging him to fight for sole custody of the kids. They believe there are grounds to get it,” says the insider. “But Brad just isn’t ready to go there yet. He’s encouraged that Angie has been in therapy.” The whole family is in therapy, on the recommendation of DCFS — but Angelina was refusing to budge on her custody demands. She even hung up
on Brad when he called her in hopes of having a peaceful, mature discussion about the kids before he filed his official divorce response in early November, the insider previously told In Touch. “She’s dug in deep,” says the source, “and there’s no chance at this point that she’ll let go of anything. She wants sole custody.”
Angelina is convinced she’s the better parent. But before she reinvented herself as a global humanitarian and U.N. ambassador, and inspired global discussion of women’s health issues after undergoing elective surgeries to remove her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes because she carries the BRCA1 cancer gene, she was famous for far different reasons. Long before Brad was in the picture, she made headlines for everything from cutting herself, collecting knives and using heroin to dating women, kissing brother James Haven on the lips in public and wearing then-husband Billy Bob Thornton’s blood in a vial around her neck. In her 2001 interview with Larry King, she also admitted that she’d suffered from depression and was told “you’re having a nervous breakdown” before she was admitted to UCLA a year earlier. “I was in a 72-hour hold not to hurt myself or others,” Angelina confessed.
She also publicly discussed plans to kill herself — or hire someone to do it for her. She wanted to use a knife and sleeping pills to end her life, but “I didn’t know if I could pull the final thing across my wrists,” she told Rolling Stone in 2001, and realized she may not have enough pills for an overdose. “This is going to sound so insane, but there was a time when I realized I was going to have to hire somebody to kill me.” She even met with a man she was told could get it done, but “he made me think about it for a month. And by a month, other things changed in my life and I was surviving again.”
All those disturbing details will be in Brad’s arsenal in family court. “Because Angie is fixated on portraying Brad as an unfit parent, he has to not only prove it to be untrue but provide a foundation about why she is making the accusations,” explains the insider. “The psych records will provide the foundation and a road map for the judge to rely on. It’s just one part of Brad’s strategy, but it’s a key component.”
Legal experts say securing those medical records is the first step. “If he’s able to obtain them, if he can show a pattern of behavior from then to now, then Brad has a lot more ammunition,” explains Goldie Schon, a family law attorney in LA who doesn’t represent the Jolie-pitts. “It could give him more credibility to say, ‘She has the propensity to lose her ability to control herself now just like she did before.’ He can also say, ‘You know what? I look like I’m the guilty one but in fact I’m not and I was the victim in all of this. She’s had all her issues and now [they’re] just creeping up all over again. Look at these records.’”
Brad’s goal is to get his kids back with as little collateral damage to the family as possible. “All of this is weighing on him very heavily because he doesn’t want to hurt Angie, but he feels there’s no other choice. He really did try to discuss this with her but she wouldn’t listen,” says the insider. Brad doesn’t want to ruin the mother of his children, but he will do what he has to do. “The Angie that Brad knew and loved is gone and he is mourning that loss,” adds the insider, “but he will never stop fighting for his rights as a father.” ◼
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