How he’s dealing. Brad PittHe is focusing on his work while he continues his custody battle against his ex-wife Angelina JolieExclusively revealed by an insider in the new issue Us Weekly.
“Brad has been holed up at his place,” the source says of the Oscar winner, 58. “He occasionally enjoys downtime at his art studio. … He’s busy signing off on and brainstorming projects all the time, [and his production company] Plan B is always working on stuff.”
The Bullet TrainStar and the MaleficentActress, 46. They were married in August 2014 after nine years of marriage. However, they were declared legally single in 2019. However, they are still negotiating the details for custody of their six children: Maddox (20), Pax (18), Zahara (17), Shiloh (16), and twins Knox and Vivienne (11).
“It’s very clear to him that Angie has gone out of her way to delay and stall the process,” the insider tells Use. “All he can do is work with his legal team and file the paperwork whilst responding to her claims. Month after month goes by with one piece of red tape after another, endless jumping through hoops and bickering between their lawyers with no resolution.”
After the couple’s September 2016 split, an altercation on the duo’s private jet led to a child abuse investigation of Pitt. Two months later, UsIt was confirmed that Ad AstraThe Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services cleared actor.
In his first interview after the split, the Oklahoma native revealed that he’d been going to therapy and also made the decision to get sober.
“I’m really, really happy to be done with all of that,” he told GQMay 2017. “I mean, I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family. But even this last year, you know — things I wasn’t dealing with. I was drinking too much. It’s just become a problem. And I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again.”
According to the insider, Pitt’s “sober buddies,” including FleaAnd Thomas Houseago, have been supporting him throughout the custody battle, but he’s “not going out and mingling in Los Angeles like he used to” before the pandemic. “His will to put on a happy face and have fun out of his comfort zone has just kind of dried up.”
However, he is excited to renovate his French home, which was a major issue during his separation from Jolie.
“The whole estate is going to be remodeled and fixed up for these cool new extensions, like the recording studio and other features Brad’s custom-designing himself,” the source explains. “He loves that place and sees it as his spiritual home in a lot of ways. He can be by himself or relax with friends.”
In October 2021, NeededThe actress sold her share in Chateau Miraval’s winery business. An insider later told UsePitt wanted to buy her shares but she decided to sell.
“It’s been a part of his life and she had no interest,” the source told Use in February, claiming that Jolie sold her part of the establishment “just to punish him. She did it to hurt him.”
In the same month, there was also the SevenStar sued his ex-wife, accusing her of selling her stake behind him. Court documents obtained by UsePitt further accused Pitt of accusing the Oscar winner of trying to gain profits she did not earn, and for violating their initial agreement to sell their stakes only by mutual consent.
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