HOUSE OF HOR­RORS

It’s sheer chaos Trashed rooms. No rules. No Brad. at An­gelina Jolie’s new man­sion

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Cre­at­ing or­der in the de­tails of day-to-day life has never been An­gelina Jolie’s strong suit. Af­ter she bought the es­tate of Hol­ly­wood leg­end Ce­cil B. Demille in LA’S Los Feliz neigh­bor­hood ear­lier this year, she told Mad­dox, 16, Pax, 13, Za­hara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and 9-year-old twins Knox and Vivi­enne — the chil­dren she shares with her ex Brad Pitt, who lives just min­utes away — that “they could all dec­o­rate their rooms,” a fam­ily in­sider tells In Touch. “[Dec­o­rat­ing] was al­ways Brad’s thing,” An­gelina ad­mit­ted in a re­cent in­ter­view. The re­sult? The $25 mil­lion home, says the fam­ily in­sider, “is a cross be­tween a trashed frat house and a Day­glo­cov­ered rave club.”

But ques­tion­able decor is the least of An­gelina’s wor­ries. “It’s a house of hor­rors,” the fam­ily in­sider says of the six-bed­room, 10-bath home. And it’s one of her own mak­ing. For years, An­gelina cul­ti­vated a no­madic, free-spir­ited life­style for her kids and then smeared her ex as a par­ent to en­sure the chil­dren would live with her. Now, a year af­ter blind­sid­ing Brad, 53, by fil­ing for di­vorce and re­quest­ing full cus­tody, she finds her­self stuck in LA and “over­whelmed,” says a source close to Brad. The Os­car win­ner, 42, who re­cently ad­mit­ted she

hates be­ing sin­gle, cries in the shower away from the kids — “I do not want my chil­dren to be wor­ried about me,” she says — and strug­gles to main­tain any sense of or­der. “Over­all,” says an in­sider close to Angie, “it’s a des­per­ately lonely, dif­fi­cult ex­is­tence for An­gelina right now.”

At An­gelina’s es­tate, the “loud, brawl­ing” kids rule the roost

— with crayons in hand. “They ex­press them­selves by scrib­bling and col­or­ing on the walls,” says the fam­ily in­sider. The artis­tic streak is noth­ing new: An­gelina fa­mously let them dec­o­rate the Ver­sace wed­ding dress she wore when she wed Brad in 2014. And the Brad source says the kids would make their mark — lit­er­ally — on Mi­raval, Brad and An­gelina’s $60 mil­lion es­tate in France. But the globe-trot­ting Jolie-pitt fam­ily was never there for long, and when they’d jet away to an­other des­ti­na­tion, “Crews came in to re­pair the dam­age,” says the Brad source. “So the next time they came back, it would be in pris­tine con­di­tion.”

That’s not the case now. “Food and wa­ter fights and soc­cer games in the house re­main the norm,” says the fam­ily in­sider. All hell has bro­ken loose, and the rau­cous ac­tiv­ity has taken a toll on the 11,000-square-foot struc­ture. The Malef­i­cent star is in over her head and over­whelmed since put­ting down roots for the first time as a sin­gle mom of six, says the Brad source. “An­gelina has no clue what she is do­ing. There are ab­so­lutely no rules.”

For starters, bed­times don’t ex­ist. “It’s not un­com­mon for all of the kids to be up past mid­night dur­ing the week, eat­ing sug­ary snacks and soda,” says the Brad source. “They go to bed very, very late and end up sleep­ing in very late the next day.” On the af­ter­hours agenda: blast­ing clas­sic rock like the Rolling Stones, danc­ing and screen­ing films in­tended for a more ma­ture au­di­ence.

Guests of­ten get a taste of the ado­les­cents’ mis­chievous­ness. “The kids de­light in let­ting loose their col­lec­tion of an­i­mals — a num­ber of dogs, cats, ham­sters, snakes — to ter­ror­ize visi­tors and house­hold staff,” says the fam­ily in­sider. And not even the hired help can, well, help. “The kids have been openly de­fi­ant and un­man­age­able when it comes to tu­tors and nan­nies,” con­tin­ues the Brad source. “The nan­nies

‘‘ There’s noth­ing nice about it. It’s just hard” — AN­GELINA ON BE­ING SIN­GLE

have no con­trol when it comes to the kids. They pretty much run them. It’s a case of the lu­natics tak­ing over the asy­lum.”

All the while, An­gelina has strug­gled to keep up. “Although she’s ma­ter­nal, as much as she wants to be, Angie’s not good at be­ing a home­maker,” says the An­gelina in­sider. “She can barely get break­fast on the ta­ble.” (Or din­ner. “I don’t know how to make ba­sic spaghetti,” she ad­mit­ted in 2015.) But it’s not just pan­cakes and pasta that stress her out. “Jug­gling ba­sic care­giv­ing and daily sched­ules that in­clude play­dates, doc­tor’s ap­point­ments and or­ga­niz­ing meal times for her brood is all too much for her,” con­tin­ues the Angie in­sider. An­gelina ad­mit­ted as much in a re­cent in­ter­view. “Some­times maybe it ap­pears I am pulling it all to­gether,” she said, “but re­ally I am just try­ing to get through my days...i’m not as strong inside as I have been in the past.” She also con­fessed, “I don’t en­joy be­ing sin­gle. It’s not some­thing I wanted.”

Brad, whom An­gelina re­ferred to as the “bad cop” par­ent when they were still mar­ried, has taken no­tice. “He be­lieves An­gelina lets the kids run amok,” says the fam­ily in­sider. But when he tries to dis­cuss it with his ex, “He is ab­so­lutely shut down,” says the Brad source. “Brad thought that once Angie bought a house and got used to hav­ing the fam­ily base in LA the rest would fall in place. But it ob­vi­ously hasn’t. He feels pow­er­less be­cause Angie won’t take any di­rec­tion or guid­ance from how he par­ents the kids.”

So he strives to pro­vide more struc­ture. At Brad’s home, “The kids have a much more sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment,” says the Brad source. “They aren’t al­lowed to just run around and de­stroy any­thing they want.” And while An­gelina’s home has stuff y wood-pan­eled rooms and a fussy, man­i­cured lawn, Brad’s pad is much more kid-friendly. Mul­ti­ple play yards, a cus­tom-built skate park and a swim­ming pool “al­low the kids to get a lot of en­ergy out in a pro­duc­tive and healthy man­ner.”

But Brad’s main con­cern is school, not re­cess. “He’s trou­bled that they are not get­ting enough ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion from home tu­tors, whom the kids know how to con and ma­nip­u­late,” says the fam­ily in­sider. “One of Brad’s big­gest bones of con­tention with An­gelina re­mains his want­ing the kids in struc­tured pri­vate schools. He knows they are smart, lov­ing chil­dren, but he doesn’t want to see them be­come lost in­di­vid­u­als later on in life.” To that end, he’s mak­ing de­mands in the on­go­ing di­vorce bat­tle, says the fam­ily in­sider: “He wants a firm say in their ed­u­ca­tion when cus­tody is fi­nally sorted out.”

But with no res­o­lu­tion in sight, the sta­tus quo re­mains. And even An­gelina can’t stand the mess she cre­ated. Though she still has a sense of wan­der­lust and longs to travel like she used to — “I can­not sit still,” she re­cently said — her out­ings th­ese days are much more lo­cal. She finds the home so “sti­fling,” says the Angie in­sider, “that ev­ery chance she gets she takes the kids out, whether it’s to Tar­get or the hobby store. Any­thing to break up the lone­li­ness of the new home.” But ev­ery evening, when she re­turns, she has to face that lone­li­ness. “There are nights she feels so aban­doned,” says the Angie in­sider, “that she can’t sleep.” ◼

LOST WITH­OUT BRAD “Brad was al­ways the dis­ci­plinar­ian when it came to the kids,” says a source.

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