Brad Pitt 'heartbroken' over Angelina Jolie's 'abuse' claim in custody trial, says insider: 'He's devastated'
The recent development in the custody trial of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s kids has left the former one “heartbroken” as the 45-year-old actress has reportedly agreed to testify about alleged spousal abuse in the trial, sources claimed. The pair have been legally separated since 2019 but they are still fighting for the custody of their six children in front of a private judge. And in that process, on March 12, Jolie submitted documents to the court that suggested she, along with her kids, are ready to testify and “proof and authority in support” of her allegations against her estranged husband.
Though the papers filled in the court were sealed and private, they were leaked to Hollywood blog The Blast. An insider close to Pitt said, “Brad is heartbroken that Angelina has gone that route. There’s a lot of emotion left after their marriage. He has taken responsibility for his actions and owned up to his past issues, he’s stopped drinking. The marriage was very passionate and toxic at times and — like all couples — they had fights, but also shared many good times together. He has talked about his drink and drug problems during the time they were together.”
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The A-list stars share 19-year-old Maddox, 16-year-old Zahara, Pax, 17, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12. During their time together, Pitt was never arrested or charged for any offense. His name also did not come in police reports made about any allegations of spousal abuse. However, there was an infamous incident that took place on board a private jet with his family, but he faced no charges after a probe by the FBI and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family cleared him. “Brad and his camp have never attacked Angelina. But his camp feels this leak was calculated to sway opinion ahead of the conclusion of their trial. Brad feels like he’s being more and more isolated from his children, and he’s devastated about it,” the insider added.
This comes after earlier this week another report stated that Pitt and Jolie’s eldest child, Maddox, offered a “not very flattering” testimony against his father. A source said, “Maddox has already given testimony as [an] adult in the ongoing custody dispute and it wasn’t very flattering toward Brad. He doesn’t use Pitt as his last name on documents that aren’t legal and instead uses Jolie. Maddox wants to legally change his last name to Jolie, which Angelina has said she doesn’t support.”
Another source told the Daily Mail, “She [Jolie] has made similar allegations in the past which were investigated by the authorities and not substantiated. This is the latest sad and desperate attempt to advance a false narrative at any cost. These have been the same attacks repeated for the past 4 and a half years and anyone who is perceived to be standing in the way can expect to have their credibility challenged.”
Meanwhile, it has been said that the custody battle will end in April as the judge John W Ouderkirk, who actually married Pitt and Jolie, is expected to give his verdict on the case.