Over the past fifteen years, Angelina Jolie has worked hard to transform her image from the Hollywood wild child who broke up the marriage of America’s sweetheart to glamorous humanitarian who advocates for refugees and orphans from war-torn nations.
But, ever since she split from Brad Pitt in 2016, Jolie has slowly been losing the PR war to her estranged husband as their divorce and custody battle plays out in the media, and she is no longer wearing the halo she worked so hard to acquire.
According to Page Six, Jolie miscalculated her aggressive approach in the divorce — attempting to paint Pitt as a “deadbeat dad” — and it has ended up costing her in the court of public opinion. And, it came close to costing her the custody of her children.
As I’ve always said, Angelina Jolie is a master manipulator when it comes to PR but now these games are proving to be her undoing. All Brad Pitt has ever wanted was kids – just settle the divorce, joint custody, and move on. https://t.co/RFfBacvbR4
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) August 25, 2018
“It doesn’t matter how much charity work you do,” said an insider. “If you drive a wedge between a father and his children, you’re an a**hole.”
Earlier this summer, Judge John Ouderkirk told the Girl, Interrupted star that if the children “remained closed down to their father,” it could result in her losing custody of Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne. He then ordered the actress to give Pitt the numbers to each kid’s phone and told her she could no longer monitor his conversations with the children.
Ouderkirk also set up a visitations schedule for the summer which allowed Pitt four hours with the kids every other day and 12 hours during the weekend. According to an insider, this was a big change from the way things had been the past two years, where Jolie had attempted to drive a wedge between Pitt and the kids by controlling the phone calls, picking times where he could see them (when she knew he was working), and telling them they didn’t need to see their dad.
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) August 27, 2018
Last week news leaked that Pitt and Jolie had come to terms on a temporary custody agreement, but it is the same deal they already had in place. They are, however, continuing to work toward a permanent custody agreement.
Sources say that Jolie continues to be “awful” towards Pitt and has had her legal team file motions in court requesting child support, despite the fact that her ex has given her over $9 million in the last two years. She also asked the court to end her marriage quickly, before they work out custody and a financial agreement.
But, Pitt had asked for the same thing a week earlier, and she asked him to wait for a week to consider the request.
I wonder if the judge in their divorce case has noticed that Angelina Jolie gets photographed almost every time she goes anywhere with the kids. Brad Pitt barely gets papped much less with the kids. Is Angie tipping off the paparazzi? pic.twitter.com/NKFCUxLCjM
— John Doe (@JohnDoe78359022) August 21, 2018
Pitt’s lawyers accuse Angelina Jolie of attempting to manipulate media coverage and playing mind games, but it isn’t working. Instead, it looks like the Fight Club star escaped a toxic situation, and he is doing everything he can to hang in there and do the best thing for his children.
An insider says that Brad Pitt just wants to finalize things and hopes “this will all be resolved.”