Brad & Angie’s Custody War Explodes Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s children get the chance to open up to a child custody evaluator
As Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s custody battle explodes, their six kids are forced to take sides.
After more than two years locked in a bitter, heartbreaking tug- of-war, the end is near for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. On Oct. 8, psychologist Stan Katz submitted court documents confirming his credentials as a child custody evaluator — a signal that an official custody assessment is starting. That will ultimately determine how much time Angie and Brad get with each of their six kids. “When the evaluation is completed, it shouldn’t take long for a judge to put a permanent custody order in place,” says an insider, “and Brad and Angelina can finally get on with their lives as single parents.”
But first, the Jolie-pitt kids are going to have their say. And what Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 10, tell the evaluator “could decide everything in one of the most contentious divorce battles in Hollywood history,” notes the insider. Angelina, 43, has refused to back down from her demand for sole custody, while Brad, 54, won’t give up his fight for joint custody. “The kids are going to tell all,” says the insider. “And the kids are taking sides.”
Brad fears it could be too late for him and his older sons. “He feels he already may have lost Maddox and Pax,” says the insider. “They
have a distant relationship these days. They’re willing to do fun things with him like go skateboarding or go-karting, and Brad did teach Maddox to drive over the past year, but he feels they’ve sided with their mom in the split.” It kills Brad that they’ve struggled to get past the infamous incident on the family plane in September 2016 that triggered Angelina’s divorce filing. “Brad was cleared of child abuse allegations, but Maddox and Pax have remained ‘Angelina’s boys’ ever since,” says the insider. “They feel it’s their job to protect their mom.”
But he remains incredibly close to their three daughters and youngest son Knox. “Shiloh’s a dad-
dy’s girl at heart, and Zahara and the twins would be fine splitting their time between Mom and Dad,” says the insider. Ultimately, the insider believes, “Maddox and Pax will take Angelina’s side, Shiloh will remain neutral and Zahara, Knox and Viv, who can’t live without either parent but have more fun with Brad, will be in his corner [and want joint custody].” The kids love both parents, of course. “It’s sad to see them caught in the middle and sad that they’ve been made to choose sides,” says the insider, “but now those kids are going to have their say.”
Losing Battle? If a judge decides that joint custody is in the best interests of the children, “it would be a huge win for Brad and a crushing defeat for Angelina,” says the insider, who predicts that’s what will happen.
So Much on the Line “Until Brad is back to seeing his children on a regular basis permanently, he’s going to remain feeling like he’s half a person,” says an insider.
Telling All at Last The kids “can’t wait for the custody situation to be over and done with,” says an insider. “They want to get on with their lives as much as their parents do.”