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As Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s nearly 4-year-long divorce drags on, the case has reportedly hit yet another snag, not long after they butted heads about their private judge.
Ahead of a child custody trial set for October, “tensions have escalated between Brad and Angelina, with family therapy no longer taking place,” a source told Us Weekly.
They pair shares six children, Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 11. The same source told Us that, “Brad wants 50/50 joint physical and legal custody of the kids. Angelina has been un-agreeable to those terms.” Jolie, according to the source, “will only agree to talk about an agreement if the home base for the children isn’t Los Angeles.”
“The younger kids are in school in Los Angeles, which Angelina has always been opposed to,” the source said. “They are very smart and are eager to attend school in person [amid the COVID-19 pandemic].”
Jolie filed for divorce back in September 2016, effectively ending a 12-year relationship and two years of marriage to Pitt. At the time, Jolie’s attorney provided this statement: “This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time.”
Since then Jolie has been more candid about the split, telling Vogue India in a recent interview that it was “the right decision.”
“I separated for the wellbeing of my family. It was the right decision,” she told the magazine. “I continue to focus on their healing. Some have taken advantage of my silence, and the children see lies about themselves in the media, but I remind them that they know their own truth and their own minds. In fact, they are six very brave, very strong young people.”
Speaking with French outlet Madame Le Figaro last year, Jolie said though her divorce has been “complicated,” she still sees the “possibility of joy.”
“I think it was at the end of my relationship with Brad and then when we separated,” she said. “It was complicated, I didn’t recognize myself anymore, and I’d become, how do I say this, smaller, insignificant, even if I didn’t show it. I was profoundly, deeply sad, I was hurt. On the other hand, it was interesting to tap into this humility and sense of insignificance. In the end, that’s human. And on top of that, I was dealing with some health issues. All of these things ground you and remind you of how lucky you are to be alive. It’s a lesson I pass onto my children: the idea of renewal, and through it all, the possibility of joy. I had to rediscover the joy.”
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