Nearly two years ago, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie dropped a bombshell: the Hollywood power couple was splitting up after two years of marriage and 12 years together.
What followed were months of back and forth between the couple in the press. There were leaks about custody battles and Pitt’s reported drinking and weed smoking; meanwhile, Pitt gave a candid interview with GQ about the split and his new passion for sculpture and R&B music.
Eventually, the acrimony between Pitt and Jolie seemed to die down a bit in the press but only temporarily, as there has recently been a slew of new stories and court filings in this never-ending divorce saga.
A Few New Twists in The Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Divorce
This past week alone, there have been a ton of new stories about the Pitt/Jolie divorce.
- TMZ cited a “source connected to Brad” in reporting that Jolie has been so “hostile” in the divorce proceedings that her allegedly fed-up attorney celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser is quitting.
- Then, Jolie’s spokesperson denied TMZ’s report to People, saying Wasser is not quitting “now or in the future. But an “insider” did say the divorce was “entering a new phase.”
- In Tuesday legal documents, Jolie’s attorney claimed, “Pitt has paid no meaningful child support since separation.” Jolie also asked the court to order Pitt to pay her the money she is owed, CNN reports.
- On Tuesday, a “source” told People that Pitt has actually paid “easily millions” toward child support since the 2016 split.
- In a new statement, Jolie’s spokesperson said that the purpose of her filing was to “provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children.”
- And according to TMZ, Jolie wants to finalize the divorce by the end of 2018.
- Also, sources close to Pitt are saying Jolie’s filing was a “publicity stunt” and retaliation because he was about to file divorce paperwork of his own, per “Page Six.”
- In documents obtained by the Daily Mail, Pitt said that he has paid more than $1.3 in “bills” for the children and loaned Jolie $8 million and he wants to collect interest on the loan.
- Jolie countered that a loan “is not child support.”
Here is the bottom line. Until June of 2018, Pitt had supervised visitation with his children. In June a judge felt “not having a relationship with their father” would be “harmful” to the children. The new summer schedule ordered by the judge split the kids’ time between London, where their mother is filming Maleficent 2, and their native Los Angeles, where their father is working on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
If you ask me, that new summer custody arrangement sparked a new round of court filings which leads me to believe that Jolie is upset about Pitt now having unsupervised time with the children. If you’ve kept up with their divorce from the beginning it is no secret that Jolie has done all in her power to distance the children from Pitt. Her accusation that he is a deadbeat father who hasn’t paid child support is just more of the same from Jolie. And, in the end, it’s the children who will suffer the repercussions if she is, in fact, attempting to interfere with Pitts relationship with the children.
We agree with White Plains divorce attorney, James Nolletti who says, “As Family Lawyers, we must consider the best interests of the children of our divorcing clients. The denigration of one parent by the other in the presence of their children can never be viewed to be in the children’s best interests. In celebrity divorces, even parents who try to shield their children from such denigration must realize that their children may hear about such behavior from their classmates or friends who have overheard their own parents discussing that which has been publicized. This may even have a more serious impact on the children of a divorce.”
What happens next? Who knows! One thing is for sure, they aren’t “consciously uncoupling!”
As Lainey Gossip points out, the high level of leaks coming out from this split sure are interesting, to say the least. We can only assume we’ll hear more from “sources” close to both camps as negotiations continue.