Ever since Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt called it quits back in September 2016, Jolie has been calling the shots when it comes to the couple’s six kids – Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, Vivienne, 9, and Knox, 9. Since she filed for divorce, Jolie has had primary custody, with Pitt getting visitation. But, sources say that the visits have often been at Jolie’s whim. However, that is all about to change.
According to In Touch Weekly, Pitt can claim a major victory thanks to his decision to play the long game.
“Brad’s finally got the kids, and he’s overjoyed,” says an insider. “To Brad’s delight, Angelina has decided to let the majority of the children, who have summer camps and a slew of other activities in the works, stay in LA with their father while she’s in Britain shooting Maleficent 2.”
Originally, Jolie was planning to take all six kids with her to London for the summer, and she told Pitt that she had found a home outside of the city for all of them to live in while she filmed the Disney sequel. But Pitt was not happy about being apart from his kids for so long, so to keep from fighting about it, Jolie promised that he could spend longer periods of time with them over the summer.
It also helped that the kids wanted to spend more time with their dad. Sources say they told Jolie they wanted to stay in Los Angeles for the summer while she was working in London. The Oscar winner does have a flexible shooting schedule, so she might be able to come back to LA for short visits, but this will mostly be Pitt’s summer to spend with the kids, and he couldn’t be happier.
Pitt is preparing his house for their arrival, and a friend says he enjoys watching his kids cut loose at their “amusement park-like former home” that features a pool, skateboard ramp, and a bike track.
The 54-year-old has also made sure that his work will not interfere this summer. He is currently working on the Quentin Tarantino movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood with Leonardo DiCaprio, and Pitt built his filming schedule around the kids being home. He is making sure that he can be home most nights and has also built in some time for short getaways.
This new arrangement may give Pitt more leverage in his fight for joint custody. An insider says that he has been patient long enough, and now something has to give because Jolie can’t be in control forever.
She initially filed for sole custody of the children, but a couple of months after their split, Pitt filed for joint custody. By December 2016 the former couple had reached a temporary agreement, and Pitt told GQ Style last year that he and his ex are doing their best to work things out.
Pitt said that he once heard a lawyer say, “No one wins in court, it’s just a matter of who gets hurt worse.” And, his experience has proved that to be true. He explained that you spend a year building a case to prove the point that you are right, and the other person is wrong, but that is just an investment in vitriolic hatred, and he refuses to do that.
Brad Pitt claimed that Jolie is doing the same because it is jarring for the kids when their family suddenly falls apart.