Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may be getting divorced, but the Academy Award winning actor isn’t going down without a fight. Early reports indicated that Jolie planned to seek sole physical custody of the six children she and her estranged husband share, but Pitt may fight that filing tooth and nail.
Sources tell TMZ the “Fury” star will not stand for simply being awarded regular visitation with his kids. In fact, Pitt reportedly told sources “there’s no chance” he’ll concede to Jolie’s custody demands. Although they are not seeing eye-to-eye on matters of custody, Pitt is hopeful that their opposing viewpoints will not get in the way of their ability to effectively co-parent. The actor feels that Jolie, 41, has proven to be a “great mother,” and is not interested in hurting her in their split.
The “By the Sea” stars’ children range in age from 15 to 8. None of the six children — three of whom are adopted — have spoken out about their parents divorce. Still, questions continue to swirl about what will happen to Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax and twins Vivienne and Knox.
Of their biological children, none are old enough to legally decide which of their parents they’d rather live with. At 8-years-old, Vivienne and Knox are the youngest of the Jolie-Pitt children. Shiloh, their first biological child, is 10. Much of the confusion centers around Pitt, 52, and Jolie’s adopted children. The “Fight Club” actor was excluded from the adoption of several of the children for a number of reasons. Jolie brought Maddox to the United States from Cambodia in 2002 when he was 7-months-old, which was long before Pitt and Jolie got together. Three years later, Jolie adopted Zahara, now 11, from Ethiopia. Pitt is said to have been involved in her adoption despite it taking place early in his relationship with his now-wife, though it remains unclear to what degree. In 2007, Jolie adopted Pax, now 15, from Vietnam. The country would not permit her and Jolie to adopt him together because they were not married. He filed for legal guardianship after the adoption was complete.
While the exact reason for their divorce remains unknown, Jolie mentioned in a statement issued to People magazine that she and Pitt remain focused on “the wellbeing of our kids” following the end of their relationship. A statement from her rep also touched on their children, telling Us Weekly that Jolie and Pitt felt that divorcing was the best decision “for the health of the family.”
News of Jolie and Pitt’s divorce broke Tuesday. TMZ reported that the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” actress requested that she maintain primary custody of the children due to the fact that Pitt had become “dangerous for the kids.” Sources told the publication that she felt the actor was battling issues with “anger” in addition to having abused alcohol and marijuana. No further details were available at the time. Jolie appeared to have filed the divorce documents on Sept. 15. She cited irreconcilable differences as her reason for ending the two-year marriage.