Amid their nasty custody battle, Angelina Jolie wants to keep the kids from Brad Pitt, says a source.
Two months after he split from Angelina Jolie in 2016, Brad Pitt suddenly found himself the subject of abuse investigations and spent a stark Thanksgiving licking his wounds in Turks and Caicos alone and, literally, on an island. Two years later, now in the midst of a custody battle (and long since cleared of all allegations), he’s reportedly terrified of spending yet another holiday season exiled from his family. Though Brad, 54, enjoyed a minivictory when a judge ruled earlier this year that Angie, 43, could no longer keep Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, Knox and Vivienne, both 10, away from their dad (the court allowed 17-year-old Maddox to determine how much time he wants to spend with Brad for himself ), he could have a new reason to be worried. A source says that Brad and Angie had talked about splitting holiday time with their children; but that was before one of Angie’s high-powered attorneys, Joseph Mannis, requested custody hearings halt until after Christmas. “Brad is stressed Angie will take advantage of her lawyer’s unusual motion and sabotage his plans with [the kids],” a source told OK!, adding that Brad wouldn’t put it past his estranged wife to “pull a stunt” that leaves him pushed aside yet again.
And it turns out Angie may have set the wheels in motion already. According to an insider, the actress is considering whisking the kids to France for the holidays, thousands of miles from dear old dad. “Brad’s upset that Angie’s even thinking about this,” says the insider, adding that the whole brood used to spend Christmas at their private French estate, Château Miraval, as a family, and that Brad’s feeling “especially left out. They used to pick out a tree together and have a chef prepare a big spread. This would make Brad feel like he’s really missing out.”
DOWN AND OUT Angie’s machinations haven’t only kept the kids apart from Brad: A source claims his Missouri-dwelling parents, William and Jane, haven’t seen their grandkids in two years, while their neighbor, Joy Edmond, confirmed, “The kids used to visit all the time. During the winter, we could see them sledding in the yard.” “Now Angie won’t let them go,” claims a source, who warns that Brad may soon “reach the end of his rope.” Adds the insider, “Brad fears that all these treasured traditions are in the past, and he doesn’t want the kids to forget about him. If Angie takes them to France, she could destroy what little relationship he has left with them.” OK!
IN THE MIDST OF A CUSTODY BATTLE, BRAD PITT IS WORRIED HE’LL BE SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS ALONE — IF HIS EX ANGELINA JOLIE HAS HER WAY
PLAYING FAVORITES Angie’s been treating the kids to such a good time that Brad is worried the brood “may not even be excited about spending Christmas with him,” shares the source.
NO RSVP NEEDED Angie may spend Christmas with the kids at her $60 million French estate — minus the property’s co-owner, Brad!