It’s been just over nine months since Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their respective legal teams found a way, with a pending court date looming, to come to terms, finally striking an agreement regarding the custody of their six children in the wake of their 2016 divorce. And though cool enough heads managed to prevail just in time to keep the two A-listers out of court, sparring their kiddos the agony of seeing mom and dad duke it out in such a public fashion, that didn’t exactly mean there was peace amongst the parental units.
Brad Pitt’s early relationship with Angelina Jolie has fascinated fans for well over a decade, and inside sources now claim that the actress did something that doomed Pitt’s marriage to Jennifer Aniston. Pitt and Aniston tied the knot in 2000 and parted ways five years later amid reports that the actor was having an affair with his Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star.
While Jolie had dropped her earlier petition for sole physical custody, instigated by the September 2016 FBI investigation into Pitt after an incident that allegedly occurred on a private plane, a more equitable agreement—the specifics of which remain confidential to protect the best interests of the kids. Pitt, on the other hand, wasn’t quite as pleased. “While some progress has been made, this isn’t an ideal situation for Brad,” a second source told us at the time. “There’s an arrangement in place but it’s not a permanent agreement, and there’s a long road ahead.”
As a third insider told us in December, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s future with kids Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 17, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 14, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 13, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 12, Knox Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, both 10, would involve more time in the coming months than he’d been able to spend with them since the divorce proceedings began.
It’s been nearly two years but it looks like, finally, the right path has been found. They are both willing to come to the table to talk things through and that has been a major step in the right direction.
And while the fact that, all these months later, the divorce still hasn’t been finalized despite a judge allowing them to go back to being legally single in April and things still seem rather strained between Pitt and eldest son Maddox, might seem like cause for concern, here’s hoping it’s just the first step of many.