The details of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce have not been hidden from their three eldest children.
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“Maddox, Pax and Zahara are acutely aware of the back-and-forth of the divorce,” a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.
The insider added that teenagers and their siblings — Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivenne, 12 — have been seeing a family therapist.
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The actor, 56, and his eldest son, Maddox, 19, have been estranged for years, while Pax, 16, and Zahara, 15, “are old enough to choose not to see their dad,” the source went on to tell Us. “Not seeing him has continued to be what they choose.”
Last month, another source exclusively told Us that Maddox’s relationship with the Ad Astra star has been “nonexistent” since their alleged 2016 altercation during a private jet flight to Los Angeles. Pitt sees this as “a tremendous loss.”
As for Pax, the Golden Globe winner hoped that having Maddox overseas at Yonsei University would strengthen their bond. “Brad is hopeful that Pax will also be interested in reconnecting without the influence of his older brother,” the insider said at the time. Maddox, however, has been virtually attending his North Korean university amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Oklahoma native and Jolie, 45, split in 2016, which the actress said in June was “for the well-being of” their six “very brave, very strong” kids.
“It was the right decision,” the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star told Vogue at the time. “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.”
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The Mr. & Mrs. Smith costars were declared divorced last year but have yet to resolve their custody issues. Jolie recently requested to disqualify the judge in her and Pitt’s upcoming trial. She claimed in court documents filed on August 10 that Judge John W. Ouderkirk “failed to disclose” that he has a working relationship with one of Pitt’s attorneys.
Pitt’s legal team responded that the judge “has had a well-documentary history” with the former couple and even presided over their August 2014 wedding.
“Brad says Angelina has gone way too far this time,” a source tells Us. “He’s left with no other option but to dig in and fight back — hard.”
Jolie’s attorney, meanwhile, told Us: “Any delay in these proceedings is due to [Pitt’s team’s] zealous attempt to create an unrecognized special exception for their client’s benefit.” The exes’ trial is scheduled to begin in October.
For more on the Los Angeles native’s coparenting relationship with Pitt, watch the video above and check out the latest issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.
With reporting by Jennifer Heger
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