Brad Pitt An­gelina Jolie‘ They Miss Their Fa­ther

Is spilling s se­crets as their bit­ter di­vorce bat­tle heads to fam­ily court

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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.” ◼

‘‘ As the days drag on, the breakup con­tin­ues to get uglier and uglier” — A SOURCE

Home­buyer Kim Chris­ten­son (with her fam­ily) ad­mits the home search that’s filmed is a work of fic­tion, but says her episode’s di­rec­tor told her, “House Hunters is no less real than other re­al­ity shows like The Bach­e­lor. “I have heard from Real­tors whose clients expect the buy­ing process to be like th­ese shows,” home­buyer Bobi Jensen tells “I re­al­ize we were con­tribut­ing to that de­cep­tion.”

The stars of an­other pop­u­lar HGTV real es­tate show, Flip or Flop’s Tarek and Christina El Moussa, are fool­ing fans, too. A brochure ob­tained by un­der­cover In Touch re­porters at the cou­ple’s re­cent Suc­cess Path real es­tate in­vest­ment and train­ing sem­i­nar in NYC fea­tures a photo and quote from bil­lion­aire Bill Gates, which could lead some to be­lieve that he’s af­fil­i­ated with the com­pany. “Bill Gates has not en­dorsed this work­shop,” Naomi Zeitlin, from Gates’ of­fice, tells In Touch. “This com­pany has no right to use his pho­tos or quotes.” That’s just one of the lies ex­posed in a re­cent In Touch in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the sem­i­nars, which at­ten­dees claim use high-pres­sure sales tac­tics and false prom­ises to get them to spend thou­sands of dol­lars.

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