An­gelina Jolie’s plan back­fires as the chil­dren pre­pare to take sides

AN­GELINA’S STRAT­EGY BACK­FIRES AS THE CHIL­DREN PRE­PARE TO TAKE SIDES

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An­gelina Jolie’s plan to de­stroy her ex Brad Pitt is back­fir­ing spec­tac­u­larly. Not only is he tak­ing Ange to court – they will be­gin a cus­tody trial on De­cem­ber 4 – but sources re­veal that Mad­dox, 17, Pax, 14, Za­hara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Knox and Vivi­enne, 10, will have a chance to weigh in about both of their par­ents.

And mul­ti­ple sources be­lieve the kids will choose their fa­ther. ‘Brad would rather come to an out-of-court set­tle­ment,’ and avoid sub­ject­ing the kids to a trau­matic court ap­pear­ance, says the friend, ‘but it’s not look­ing good be­cause of An­gelina’s stance on get­ting pri­mary phys­i­cal cus­tody.’ He now sees that the key to get­ting shared cus­tody is let­ting the kids speak openly and hon­estly about their pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with him, the friend adds. ‘Thank­fully, the kids’ tes­ti­mony about Brad will weigh heav­ily in the judge’s de­ci­sion to give Brad cus­tody.’

Though Brad is fu­ri­ous with An­gelina, ‘He is mak­ing sure his kids don’t trash their mum,’ says an in­sider. ‘It’s all about them want­ing to see their dad – these kids love both of their par­ents. It’s as sim­ple as that.’ And the friend agrees. ‘The bot­tom line is that the kids love their mum and dad equally.’ And they’ve been grow­ing closer and closer to Brad.

Mean­while, An­gelina con­tin­ues to try to de­stroy Brad’s re­la­tion­ship with the kids. As re­cently as early Novem­ber, she took Mad­dox on a col­lege tour in South Korea, with­out invit­ing Brad. And over the sum­mer, her le­gal team even claimed in court doc­u­ments that he’d failed to pay any ‘mean­ing­ful child sup­port’ since their 2016 split and asked for retroac­tive pay­ments.

But LA county court judge John Oud­erkirk warned Ange not to poi­son the kids against their fa­ther or she’d lose cus­tody. ‘Since then, they’ve been see­ing Brad ev­ery other day,’ says the friend. Brad’s home in Los Feliz is just min­utes from An­gelina’s.

Brad’s at­tor­ney has also main­tained that the ac­tor has met his fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions, pay­ing $1.78 mil­lion in bills and giv­ing his ex an $11 mil­lion loan to pur­chase a new home be­cause she’s deal­ing with se­ri­ous money is­sues. De­spite her $222 mil­lion net worth, the ac­tress’ char­ity is re­port­edly in deep debt. JDH Of­fice Ltd – the global out­reach fund named af­ter An­gelina and her ad­vis­ers, Chloe Dal­ton and Ar­minka Helic – re­port­edly has $90,000 in as­sets, but owes a stag­ger­ing $3 mil­lion to cred­i­tors. And that’s af­ter Angie her­self pumped an es­ti­mated $1.3 mil­lion into it last year.

No­tably, the char­ity’s fi­nances took a turn for the worse af­ter Brad’s ini­tial was dropped when the name changed from JP DH Ltd to JDH. So far, she and Brad have been un­able to reach an agree­ment on their fi­nan­cial is­sues. ‘One of the big­gest bones of con­tention in the di­vorce is the sell­ing off of Brad’s beloved Château Mi­raval es­tate in France. They bought

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