JU­LIA TAKES THE KIDS!

With her mar­riage in turmoil, the Pretty Woman star is mak­ing moth­er­hood her pri­or­ity

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When a tired-look­ing Ju­lia Roberts hit the shops in Mal­ibu, Cal­i­for­nia with her son Phin­naeus late last month, it was a sign the stress of her trou­bled mar­riage to Danny Moder was tak­ing its toll.

Ac­cord­ing to Woman’s Day sources, the ac­tress – who was re­cently seen leav­ing her home with a load of boxes – is chan­nelling all her en­ergy into her three kids – twins Phin­naeus and Hazel, 13, and Henry, 11, amid ru­mours the 50-year-old and her cam­era­man hus­band are plan­ning to call it quits.

A GROUNDED MUM

“Of course she will fight for cus­tody if it comes to that,” an in­sider re­veals. “It’s no se­cret Ju­lia and Danny have been hav­ing prob­lems but she’s de­ter­mined to not let it af­fect their kids. She’s putting them first, as she’s al­ways done.

“She’s go­ing through the mo­tions, tak­ing Phin­naeus and Henry shop­ping for school clothes, driv­ing Hazel to soc­cer prac­tice and mak­ing lunches. Be­ing a mum keeps her grounded

and she will con­tinue to pro­tect them from any stress that may come from what’s go­ing on in their par­ents’ re­la­tion­ship.”

While be­ing guarded, Ju­lia couldn’t hide the per­sonal pres­sure and ten­sion that etched new frown lines on her face while out and about with her son.

“She kept the mar­riage go­ing this long be­cause she didn’t want to deal with the cus­tody is­sue. The last thing she’d want is to only see her chil­dren part-time, so it’s only nat­u­ral she’ll want full cus­tody.

“Her whole world re­volves around them. They be­long with her,” says the in­sider. “She’s al­ways been there when they wake up, and she’s al­ways been there when they go to sleep.

“She’s a hands-on mum who en­joys mak­ing meals from scratch and talk­ing about what the kids learned at school that day over the din­ner ta­ble. She al­ways helps them with their home­work.”

Ju­lia’s work sched­ule has been fran­tic but she’s re­port­edly scaled back on her hours film­ing the up­com­ing Ama­zon se­ries Home­com­ing to spend evenings and week­ends with her fam­ily.

“By the time we had kids, I had ac­com­plished things and felt se­cure about that part of my life,” the de­voted mum has said. “I was so joy­ful mov­ing into the fam­ily phase of my life in a sin­cere way.”

MIS­ERY SETS IN

Ju­lia and Danny, who met on the set of The Mex­i­can, wed in 2002 and wel­comed Phin­naeus and Hazel in 2004 and Henry in 2007. But their fam­ily unit as it stands now may not be for much longer – ru­mours of mar­i­tal strife be­gan to bub­ble in July when the cou­ple were pic­tured look­ing mis­er­able on a fam­ily hol­i­day in Hawaii.

“They haven’t spent qual­ity time to­gether in months and seem to be miss­ing that lov­ing feel­ing. It will be a shame if she and Danny can’t work things out,” one friend tells us.

“They worked so hard to build their fam­ily unit but Ju­lia has spread her­self thin, jug­gling her du­ties as a mum with her act­ing work,” adds the in­sider.

“They’ve lost the con­nec­tion. Ju­lia doesn’t want to de­prive the kids of their dad,” the source ex­plains, adding she’d want her hus­band to get un­lim­ited vis­i­ta­tion if they split.

“She wants to be in charge of their day-to-day lives but she knows they need their dad, too.”

‘She’s stay­ing fo­cused on the chil­dren’

Danny has been help­ful but the cou­ple have lost their con­nec­tion.

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