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Angelina Jolie Buys $25 Million Cecil B. DeMille EstateAngelina Jolie is putting permanent roots down in L.A. ... she about to become the proud owner of the historic Cecil B. DeMille Estate.
The 6 bedroom, 10 bath pad was on the market for just shy of $25 million, and we're told Angelina paid close to asking.
Stories surfaced that Angelina was considering making an offer, but we've learned she did, the offer was accepted and it's now in escrow.
The home -- considered one of the best in L.A. -- was built in 1913. The famed director lived there until his death in 1959.
Her neighbors will include Ellen Pompeo, Casey Affleck, Natalie Portman, Lauren Graham, Will.I.Am and David Fincher.
The most anyone paid for a home in the area is Lydia Hearst, who plunked down $13 mil, so Angelina's purchase is nearly double.
Angelina Jolie has her eyes on historic $25M mansionOn the heels of her horrible, headline-making divorce from Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie has set her sights on the famed, and very private, Cecil B. DeMille estate, which is up for sale for just under $25 million.
The historic home of filmmaker DeMille, in a private community in Los Feliz, Calif., was owned by the “founding father of US cinema” for around 40 years until his death in 1959.
The fully restored Beaux Arts mansion was built in 1913. It has six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, is set on 2.1 elevated acres in the prestigious gated Laughlin Park and has been described as “classic Old Hollywood.”
A source tells Page Six that Jolie “wants to make this her new home,” but reps for the actress and the listing broker did not return calls to Page Six on Wednesday night.
After filing for divorce, Pitt and Jolie put many of their shared homes up for sale, including Chateau Miraval in the south of France and their New Orleans mansion.
Pitt originally bought the former couple’s Hollywood Hills home in 1994 and has spent over 20 years renovating and expanding it. His production company, Plan B, reportedly is based at the compound.
Other sources say that despite her interest in the DeMille house, which will likely become her LA base, she’ll continue globe-trotting with her brood and working on humanitarian causes.
Meanwhile, Jolie and Pitt have made peace, he recently visited their six kids in Cambodia while she was filming “First They Killed My Father.”
Angelina Jolie Agreed to Drug Testing for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, New Book RevealsAngelina Jolie didn't become Lara Croft without overcoming a few behind-the-scenes hurdles.
It's been 16 years since the Oscar winner fought her way onto the silver screen as the weapon-wielding action star, but according to a newly published excerpt in The Hollywood Reporter from an upcoming biography about film executive Sherry Lansing, there were a few hoops Jolie had to jump through personally to secure the iconic role.
The most prominent of these hoops were drug tests administered to the actress in the process of filming Tomb Raider. As author Stephen Galloway wrote in Leading Lady, the film's director Simon West viewed the star's "baggage" at the time—rumors of drug use, a perceived strange relationship with her brother, her burgeoning relationship with Billy Bob Thornton—as "selling points."
"This troubled and dangerous aspect in her reputation actually helped the character," West said in the excerpt.
However, after "warnings" from Jolie's father Jon Voight and Jane Fonda to Paramount Pictures then-chairwoman Sherry Lansing, she sent the director to visit the actress on the set of Original Sin.
"[Jolie] said: 'Look, I want to do it, but I know what my reputation is, and I'll do anything you want to prove that I'm worthy. I'll be reliable, and I'll turn up, and I'll work hard,'" West recalled, according to The Hollywood Reporter's excerpt. "She said, 'I don't care if the studio wants to drug test me every day.'"
As the biography described, she underwent urine and blood tests and passed, but the team was still concerned, so they hired professionals to look after her well-being—both physically and mentally.
That included hiring Bobby Klein—"somebody who had worked in that world of psychotherapy or drug management or whatever," West said. "He was brought in to supervise Angelina."
However, as the biography details, Klein became a strain on set and made suggestions like hiring a health expert who "wanted her to have milk baths and started talking about yoga and meditation and wanted to be the point person in charge of Angelina's training," producer Lloyd Levin said.
"It was just this bullshit. It seemed like spiritual hokum."
Following a series of issues—including allegedly sexually harassing the director's assistant—Klein was dismissed and the rest, as they say, is movie history. Jolie ultimately was a success.
"In the dailies, she was riveting," Lansing said. "She took what might have been a cardboard character and added a layer of mystery and emotion and humanity."
Mystery, emotion, humanity and box office triumph. The movie earned $275 million worldwide in its opening with a $115 million budget and was slated for a sequel. As for the then-24-year-old, Jolie was well on her way to becoming one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood history.
Leading Lady, published by Crown Archetype, which will be released April 25, is available for preorder now.
Brad Pitt Secretly Joined Angelina Jolie and Kids on Trip to CambodiaWhile Angelina Jolie was filming First They Killed My Father in Cambodia with her kids in tow, Brad Pitt was taking trips whenever he could to spend time with their children.
A source confirms to E! News that Pitt was in Cambodia "most of the time except when it conflicted with his own shoot schedule." A second source shares that the former couple's six children, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Pax Jolie-Pitt, split time between Brad and Angelina while they go to see Cambodia's sights.
"All through production and filming, and on her most recent press trip, Brad came to Cambodia in secret to spend time with the kids," the second source shares. "They were with Angelina for probably 75 percent of the time when Brad was in the country and they'd go back and forth between her and Brad."
The insider also says "some or all" of the kids would leave Cambodia to fly to Los Angeles to spend time with their dad. "He wasn't in Cambodia the entire time they filmed, but he made multiple trips there to spend time with the kids," the source adds.
What started as as a seemingly contentious divorce has ultimately become what appears to be a private journey, the sole focus of which is the children. "Things have calmed settled between Brad and Angelina. It's not as tense as it had been," a source told E! News last week. "They are focused on the kids and working to do what's best for them."
After a rocky six months since announcing their split, "Brad has been able to spend more time with the kids. He's doing well and is focused on healthy, clean living. He's in a good place."
Brad also has been spending time working on a sculpture at Thomas Houseago's studio, while Jolie has ramped up her humanitarian efforts, with a source describing her as a "true humanitarian" while in Cambodia.
"She has no issues getting her hands dirty and was never a prima donna about doing anything less than glamorous; she is all about the cause," the insider shares with E! News. "She embraced the country and the country genuinely loves her back. She also is very easy to talk to and not intimidating. During downtime she'd just casually hang out with the crew there with her and was always polite and nice to people."
Fans around the world got to see just how enmeshed in the culture Jolie became when she and her kids were filmed sharing scorpions and spiders, which are part of the local cuisine.
"I first had them when I was first in country," Jolie explained. "Crickets—you start with crickets. Crickets and a beer and then you kind of move up to tarantulas."
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Are Talking Again: "It's a Significant Step"No matter what, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's kids will always come first.
It's been two months since the former couple hired a private judge to deal with their divorce and custody issues. The negotiations are ongoing, but it seems they're closer to reaching a resolution, as Pitt, 53, and Jolie, 41, are once again communicating for the first time in a while.
"Things have calmed settled between Brad and Angelina. It's not as tense as it had been," a source tells E! News. "They are focused on the kids and working to do what's best for them."
Needless to say, it's been a busy six months for the Jolie-Pitts.
Pitt—who next appears in Netflix's War Machine—has been steadily working on a sculpture at Thomas Houseago's studio, while Jolie has ramped up her humanitarian efforts on behalf of the United Nations. After a rocky six months, the source says, "Brad has been able to spend more time with the kids. He's doing well and is focused on healthy, clean living. He's in a good place."
That's good news for siblings Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15, Pax Jolie-Pitt, 13, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 12, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 10, Knox Jolie-Pitt, 8, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, 8. They recently accompanied their mother on a trip to Cambodia, where she was promoting her Netflix drama, First They Killed My Father, a true account of the Khmer Rouge genocide told from a child's perspective.
As for Pitt and Jolie's level of communication, an insider close to the actor says it's limited but positive. "They recently started talking again and it's a significant step. Up until now everything was through lawyers and assistants," the insider says. "They did not speak at all after the plane incident and everything that went down in the press." The decision to communication directly came "at the recommendation of the children's therapists and their own," the insider says, and the amicable exes "are focused on the kids and taking small steps to mend what has happened. Right now they are only speaking about the kids and their schedules, but it's a positive step."
"Brad hopes that they can be successful at co-parenting and get to a place where they can be friendly," the insider close to Pitt tells E! News. "They both have agreed to put the kids first."
That's in line with what Jolie told the BBC last month. "We are a family and we'll always be a family," she said. "And we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it."
"My focus is my children—our children—and my focus is finding this way through," the director continued. "And as I said, we are and forever will be a family. And so that is how I'm coping. I'm coping with finding a way through to make sure this somehow makes us stronger and closer."
Angelina Jolie guest lectures at London School of EconomicsAngelina Jolie delivered her first guest lecture at the London School of Economics on Tuesday morning.
“Angelina Jolie spoke to a class of students taking the postgraduate course ‘Women, Peace and Security,’ as part of her role as visiting professor in practice in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security,” a spokesperson for the school told People. “Miss Jolie spoke about her experience and what has motivated her work as UNHCR special envoy and as co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and took questions from the class.”
The guest lecture touched on similar subjects that the 41-year-old Oscar winner and activist will speak about during her nine-month tenure as a guest professor beginning this fall.
Jolie’s impending course, from September to May 2018, will focus on “the ways in which women and gender are understood in relation to, and affected by, regional, national and global peace and security processes in conflict and post-conflict setting,” the school’s website says.
“I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as it is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict,” Jolie said in a statement in May 2016. “I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.”
Angelina Jolie Receives Private Tour of Buckingham Palace With Son MaddoxAngelina Jolie has had one very busy day in London.
The Oscar-winning actress gave her very first lecture as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics earlier this morning at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.
Jolie is slated to begin teaching a master's course in the fall.
Camilla Yahaya, a student at the prestigious school, opened up to E! News about the A-lister's visit.
"It was really amazing to have her on campus. Her arrival had been anticipated but we started to think because of her personal situation she might have backed out of the role. There was a real buzz on campus—everyone was looking for her.
Yahaya added, "one of my friends was in her lecture…she seemed shy yet enthusiastic. She is teaching a really small course. There are about five classes and one lecture in a week."
And speaking to the Evening Standard shortly before her class, Jolie admitted that she was a "little nervous, feeling butterflies."
"I hope I do well. This is very important to me," she said before walking into her lecture hall.
But making a grand appearance on campus wasn't the only thing in Jolie's calendar for today…
The actress was treated to a private tour of none other than Buckingham Palace alongside her eldest song Maddox.
According to local media reports, no members of the royal family were there during the mother-son tour.
Imagine Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, even little Prince George and Princess Charlotte meeting Jolie? Now that would have been a meeting fit for royalty.
She is an honorary Dame after all...
Angelina Jolie Treats the Kids to a Book Store Shopping Spree: ‘Her Kids Are So Polite!’Angelina Jolie is raising some avid readers.
The actress and four of her children hit up a local London bookstore on Monday, where an onlooker tells PEOPLE they indulged in a literary shopping spree. “She bought about 30 books,” says the onlooker. “Mostly coloring books, a Harry Potter book, plus some book markers and Easter-themed project books.”
Jolie was joined by her three girls — Shiloh, Vivienne, and Zahara — along with one of her boys, who the onlooker did not identify. “She was talking to the girl at the counter about how she loves to get her kids to enjoy books and loves London, as there are so many good book stores,” says the onlooker.
“She also thanked me for being considerate and sweet for letting her kid have the last copy of the Deathly Hallows. It was in my hand at the time, but I let him have it,” adds the source. “She was lovely. Her kids are so polite. Her lad came over and thanked me for letting him have the book he wanted for a school project. Called me ‘Sir.’ Nice people.”
Meanwhile, the filmmaker-actress, 41, returned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on Monday, where she commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) she helped launch in 2012. Jolie partnered up with then-British foreign secretary William Hague to prevent the use of rape and sexual violence as a means of terror during wars and conflict.
Five years later, Jolie is promoting the Time to Act initiative to hold sexual offenders accountable for their war crimes.
“When this kind of violence and abuse happens in peacetime, we are absolutely clear it is a crime that deserves to be punished by law,” Jolie exclusively tells PEOPLE. “But when it happens in the middle of a conflict, on a mass scale, with such brutal violence, it is treated as something impossible to prevent or somehow justified by the climate of war.”
Jolie will be heading to Geneva on Wednesday to continue her humanitarian work. She will deliver the Annual Sergio Vieira de Mello Memorial Lecture at the United Nations Assembly Hall, focusing on key emerging humanitarian themes and topical issues that continue to reflect the late U.N. Brazilian diplomat’s principles, philosophy, and work.
Angelina Jolie Is Absolutely Stunning in Sexy New Fragrance Ad for Guerlain(Video) Angelina Jolie is bringing her timeless beauty to the fragrance world.
The actress and human rights activist stars in the campaign for Geurlain's newest fragrance, Mon Guerlain. In a picturesque video dubbed "Notes of a Woman," Jolie appears in a creme-colored robe, an off-the-shoulder sun dress and black and white pajamas as she wanders through a lavish home reading lines and getting ready for an event.
Angelina is also shown walking through the countryside in Provence, France, taking in the sights, before slipping into a glamorous black lace gown and departing down a spiral staircase. Not before spritzing on a splash of Mon Guerlian, of course.
The A-lister's many tattoos across her back and shoulders are also clearly visible throughout the one-minute campaign, which was shot last September.
Guerlian describes the scent as a "fragrance for women who defy categorization, who embrace all that life brings and all sides of themselves, who are comfortable in their own skin and whose guiding spirit is to be true to themselves and to live a life of use to others."
For Angelina, who partnered with the luxury fragrance line because her mother used to wear their perfume, she describes Mon Guerlain as her "invisible tattoo."
And to add a charitable twist to Jolie's latest spotlight-grabbing moment, she'll be donating all proceeds from the campaign to a worthy cause.
Watch Angelina's sensual ad for yourself and prepare to fall in love!
Angelina Jolie Buggin' Out ... Cooking & Eating Spiders!(Video) Angelina Jolie ain't whipping up any boring meatloaf for her brood ... instead she fries up a nice fat, juicy tarantula!
Angie did a big interview with the BBC to talk about her divorce, politics and raising her 6 kids. It was shot in Cambodia, and she decided to teach the reporter about local cuisine ... including crickets, scorpions and spiders.
She admits it's an acquired taste, but she's clearly way into it now.
It's either disgusting or awesome ... or awesomely disgusting.
Angelina Jolie on Her ‘Difficult’ Split from Brad Pitt: ‘We Will Always Be a Family’Angelina Jolie opened up about her shocking split from Brad Pitt for the first time since filing for divorce.
The actress and director spoke to BBC World News‘ Yalda Hakim in Cambodia in an interview that was released on Sunday. When asked about the split, Jolie revealed that it had been a “difficult” time for her family.
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and… and we are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it,” she said.
Jolie, 41, was in Cambodia to promote her new directorial effort, the film First They Killed My Father. The mother-of-six said she was coping by maintaining a focus on her children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
“Many, many people find themselves in this situation,” she said. “My whole, my family… we’ve all being through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children… and my focus is finding this way through. We are and forever will be a family. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”
Since her divorce filing from Pitt, 53, Jolie revealed that her children and pets have been trying to find a normal rhythm.
“It’s been a difficult few months. Right now, I’m going through a moment when just everybody’s in my room,” she said, laughing. “Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who’s going to get [the] dog out, who’s going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth.”
When asked where she saw herself in five years, Jolie couldn’t help but realize she’d have a house full of teenagers by then.
“At that stage, I hope just standing,” she said, joking about being outnumbered. “In five years’ time I would like to be traveling around the world visiting my children, hoping that they’re just happy and doing really interesting things, and I imagine in many different parts of the world, and I’ll be supporting them.”
“Everything I do I hope is that I represent something, and I represent the right things to my children, and give them the right sense of what they’re capable of, and the world as it should be seen,” Jolie added. “Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life, but really take them into the world, where they have a really good sense and become rounded people.”
Angelina Jolie’s image issues not going away, PR expert claimsIt’s too late for Angelina Jolie to finally hire a publicist — the damage is done, according to divorce lawyer Raoul Felder.
Felder doesn’t rep Jolie or Brad Pitt, but he says of the actress, who has said she only briefly had a publicist years ago, “Hiring a p.r. person now is like going for a checkup at the doctor after you’ve already had the heart attack.”
No stranger to spinning the media, Felder told me, “The real skill would have been avoiding the p.r. problem to begin with … Angelina has for years used her kids, and used the UN, for her own benefit. Now, even with great p.r., her image issues are not going to go away.”
Angelina Jolie is finally giving in to using a publicistAngelina Jolie — who’s famous in Hollywood for being the rare A-list star who doesn’t have a publicist — has been discreetly reaching out to powerful Hollywood p.r. pros behind the scenes, Page Six has learned, amid her acrimonious divorce from Brad Pitt.
Sources tell Page Six that Jolie — who told the Hollywood Reporter in 2014, “I had [a publicist] once, years ago .?.?. I didn’t like it” — has apparently had a change of heart and is seeking an image overhaul after her divorce battle with Pitt has been waged in the press.
Since her shock divorce filing in September, Jolie’s circle of advisers has not included a traditional celebrity p.r. rep. Instead Jolie retained Washington, DC, crisis specialist Judy Smith, and she also reportedly brought back onboard her former manager Geyer Kosinski, with whom she split in 2013.
Page Six further reported that Jolie, a UN special envoy, was also getting advice from Lady Arminka Helic — a former adviser to Britain’s ex-Foreign Secretary William Hague — as well as fellow former Hague aide Chloe Dalton.
But another insider pointed out that Jolie has a film coming out, “First They Killed My Father,” on Netflix. “She’s got a film coming out on Cambodia and will be doing promotion around that,” the source said of why she would seek any p.r.
Yet we hear that Jolie’s inner circle has been quietly making calls to find her a showbiz spin doctor. So far, no top Hollywood publicist’s jumped at the chance.
Pitt seemingly won in court last month, having custody documents pertaining to the couple’s six kids sealed after his side accused Jolie of leaking “sensitive information” about their temporary agreement in her court filings. Her side shot back that Pitt wanted the papers sealed because he was “terrified that the public will learn the truth.”
He then appeared at the Golden Globes for the movie “Moonlight,” which he executive produced, and got a very warm welcome. Jolie’s just penned a New York Times op-ed on the refugee crisis. A rep for Jolie did not comment.
Angelina Jolie Rips Donald Trump’s Travel Ban In New York Times Op-EdAngelina Jolie is the latest Hollywood figure to raise a voice against President Donald Trump’s temporary denial of U.S. entry to people from seven primarily Muslim countries. But while colleagues such as Meryl Streep and David Harbour have expressed their outrage from the podiums at televised awards ceremonies, Jolie enjoys a different bully pulpit: the Op-Ed pages of the far-from-failing New York Times.
“Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture,” Jolie writes in a column published this afternoon on the Times website. Once again painting the stark distinction between the actress – and mother of six American citizen children born in foreign countries – and her estranged father, Trump supporter Jon Voight, Jolie insists that “every time we depart from our values we worsen the very problem we are trying to contain. We must never allow our values to become the collateral damage of a search for greater security. Shutting our door to refugees or discriminating among them is not our way.”
Voight, on the other hand, spoke at Trump’s pre-inaugural concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial, averring that the incoming Commander in Chief, who “certainly didn’t need this job,” was God’s answer “to all our prayers.” He added that Lincoln must be looking down and “smiling, knowing America will be saved by a good and honest man.”
Here’s the opening of Jolie’s Op-Ed, which also will run in Friday’s print edition of the Times:
Refugees are men, women and children caught in the fury of war, or the cross hairs of persecution. Far from being terrorists, they are often the victims of terrorism themselves.
I’m proud of our country’s history of giving shelter to the most vulnerable people. Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture, geography, ethnicity and religion. The decision to suspend the resettlement of refugees to the United States and deny entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has been met with shock by our friends around the world precisely because of this record.
The global refugee crisis and the threat from terrorism make it entirely justifiable that we consider how best to secure our borders. Every government must balance the needs of its citizens with its international responsibilities. But our response must be measured and should be based on facts, not fear.
As the mother of six children, who were all born in foreign lands and are proud American citizens, I very much want our country to be safe for them, and all our nation’s children. But I also want to know that refugee children who qualify for asylum will always have a chance to plead their case to a compassionate America. And that we can manage our security without writing off citizens of entire countries — even babies — as unsafe to visit our country by virtue of geography or religion.
It is simply not true that our borders are overrun or that refugees are admitted to the United States without close scrutiny.
Angelina Jolie Lands a New Project Amid Brad Pitt Divorce DramaAngelina Jolie has scored a new gig.
The Maleficent star has been named the face of Guerlain Parfumeur's new fragrance for women. The collaboration between Jolie and the beauty brand came together in 2015 in Cambodia while the A-list actress was directing her film First They Killed My Father. Jolie's affiliation of Guerlain has emotional roots, too, as it was one of her late mother's favorite powders.
"We create perfumes for the women we admire," said Jacques Guerlain in a press release. The scent, he said, was meant to express the idea of the "notes of a woman": the choices, emotions and dreams that embody modern femininity. Jolie donated her entire salary from the Guerlain campaign to charity.
Jolie has remained relatively under the radar since filing for divorce from Brad Pitt. Aside from being spotted with her children, Jolie has kept projects to a minimum, with an exception to a video she recorded for the International Criminal Court in support of a recent policy regarding children.
She and Pitt's divorce process has been tumultuous over the past few months, but the two released a joint statement earlier this month to say they will handle the rest of the proceedings in private.
"The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues," the former power couple's statement read (via People magazine).
"The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie agree to handle divorce privatelyAngelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt have reached an agreement to handle their divorce in a private forum and will work together to reunify their family, the actors announced in a joint statement Monday.
Their statement released Monday night to The Associated Press said that they will keep future details of their divorce confidential by using a private judge.
“The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues,” their statement read. “The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.”
The statement is the first joint comment from the actors on their divorce since Jolie Pitt filed to end their marriage in September. At the time, one of her attorneys stated the petition was filed “for the health of the family.”
Authorities investigated allegations that Pitt was abusive toward his 15-year-old son on a private flight, but sources familiar with the cases said the actor was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Private judges are often used in high-profile divorce cases, keeping many details of a breakup out of the public eye while a final judgment is negotiated.
Custody of their six children has been the primary issue in the divorce, with Jolie Pitt initially seeking sole physical custody. California law favors joint custody in divorce cases, although final arrangements are often agreed to by parents and formalized in a written agreement.
Pitt and Jolie were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005’s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”
Their divorce, and every filing in it, has attracted international attention. Last month, Pitt sought to seal custody records in the case, and a hearing had been scheduled for next week on the issue.
Both actors have kept a relatively low profile since their breakup was announced, although Pitt made an appearance onstage at Sunday’s Golden Globes to spirited applause.
Angelina Jolie Will Seal Custody Case But Claims Brad's the Bad GuyAngelina Jolie is down with sealing documents in her divorce and custody case, but she's going after Brad in a big way, saying if the kids have been damaged it's all his doing.
Angelina just filed legal docs saying she agrees with Brad, their business should be kept private, but says it's audacious of him to accuse her of airing their dirty laundry in public. According to legal docs, filed by Laura Wasser, Brad is lashing out because he's "terrified that the public will learn the truth."
Brad went ham on Angelina after she filed unsealed documents trying to prevent him from altering their custody arrangement, but in the new docs she says all he's doing is trying to "deflect from [his] own role in the media storm which has engulfed the parties' children."
She goes on ... "There is little doubt that [Brad] would prefer to keep the entire case private, particularly given the detailed investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Children and Family Services into allegation of abuse."
The FBI and DCFS both closed out their investigations, determining no action was warranted.
Short story ... they've both agreed to seal the file, and they pretty much hate each other.
Angelina Jolie Rings in the New Year With Her Kids in ColoradoAfter an eventful personal year, Angelina Jolie ushered in 2017 with her children at her side.
The Oscar winner jetted off to Crested Butte, Colorado to ring in the new year with her kids. According to the Daily Mail, the actress was spotted hitting the slopes on New Year's Day with Zahara, Vivienne and Knox. The group was trailed by a ski instructor who offered a helping hand during runs down the snow-padded slopes.
Ever the private star, particularly now amid her divorce from Brad Pitt, Jolie secured a mountainside mansion that her family could ski to from the trails, according to the report.
In addition to ski lessons, the actress was also seen out and about in the town with Shiloh, Knox and a bodyguard. The famous mom treated her kids to ice cream at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Jolie bought some of their specialty caramel apples.
Later, they stepped into a local toy shop and cards store. It seems they saw a few things they liked because, according to a source, the bodyguard later came out of the stores carrying a bunch of bags.
"They all looked great," the source described. "Shiloh was so happy. They were laughing a lot and just enjoying being out together."
While Jolie and her clan welcomed the new year in snowy serenity, just days before the holidays were in full swing, there was yet another legal development when the Allied actor's lawyers filed a motion asking a judge to seal records regarding their six children.
According to court documents obtained by E! News, his lawyers alleged Jolie and her attorneys had "exposed the children by making public the names of their therapists and other mental health professionals."
"[Jolie] apparently has no self-regulating mechanism to preclude sensitive information from being placed in the public record, or she has other motives pursuant to which she seeks to disseminate information in this proceeding which will be immediately made public, where the children can access it or where people in the general public will have access to it for their own uses, and who will not use such information in the best interests of the children," his lawyers continued.
The filing came weeks after a judge denied an initial request for an emergency hearing to seal documents involving their divorce and custody battle because it was not considered an emergency action.
While Jolie has not commented, a source told E! News there was no legal reason for Pitt to file the new motion as he and the actress had both signed an agreement to seal the documents.
Meanwhile, a new hearing has been scheduled for January.
Brad Pitt Claims Angelina Jolie Has Compromised Their Kids for Sake of PublicityBrad Pitt has fired back at Angelina Jolie ... essentially claiming she's a bad parent for putting their family drama on blast for public consumption.
Brad just filed legal docs asking for an order to seal their file. Angelina had previously filed unsealed documents alleging Brad had parenting issues that made it too risky for him to have unmonitored visits with their 6 kids. She also alleged Brad had a lot to hide about his conduct.
In Brad's new legal docs, he says Angelina knows better ... they are famous people and the kids are damaged when she airs their dirty laundry in public. He suggests Angelina going public has humiliated and embarrassed their kids and could even endanger them.
And there's this ... in the docs Brad's lawyer says, "[Angelina] apparently has no self-regulating mechanism to preclude sensitive information from being placed in the public record, or she has other motives."
Brad asked for an emergency order sealing the case but was shut down, so now he's filed a formal motion to seal the case ... something the judge indicated he would grant.
Angelina Jolie -- Our Kids Are Still Traumatized ... We Need a SpecialistAngelina Jolie is imploring Brad Pitt to help find a new professional to help them and their children deal with the "trauma" of what happened on their private jet 3 months ago.
Angelina's attorney fired off an email to Brad's legal team on December 1, proposing they "participate in joint sessions with a trauma specialist so that they may learn how to best support and interact with their children."
The request makes it clear -- Jolie thinks the kids are so bad off because of what they witnessed on the plane, and the therapy process they've been going through isn't getting the job done. As we've reported, both sides agreed in September to attend family therapy sessions as part of their temporary custody agreement.
Another sign the situation is still dire -- in docs, Brad's attorney suggested their 2 eldest boys, Maddox and Pax, might not want to visit with their dad.
One source tells us the boys walked out of one session in the past, and have refused to attend others.
It's important to note ... DCFS closed out its investigation after concluding Brad did nothing that warranted official action. DCFS could have referred the case to dependency court if it felt the kids were in danger, or recommended criminal prosecution ... it did neither.
It's unclear if he's responded to Angelina's request.
Brad Pitt to Angelina Jolie -- Child Therapists Won't Listen ... Threatens to Go Around Custody Deal with AngelinaBrad Pitt thinks he's getting the short end of the stick when it comes to his visitation time with his kids, and has a plan to change that -- but unfortunately for him, their child therapists don't agree.
Brad and Angelina Jolie's lawyers filed a series of emails for Wednesday morning's hearing. In one of them his attorney, Lance Spiegel, says despite Brad complying with every aspect of the child therapy process ... "the therapy team has ignored or disregarded issues that [Brad] has raised." He's not specific about the issues.
It's clear from the docs Brad is frustrated by the limited amount of time he gets with his 6 kids ... 1 visit per week. The issue is, Brad signed a temporary custody deal months ago in which he agreed -- along with Angelina -- they would both let the therapists call the shots.
The emails from Brad's attorney suggest he's trying to circumvent that deal. In fact, Spiegel says "Regardless of [the therapists'] views, there is no reason for Brad not to request court orders" for more access to the kids.
In late November, Brad's lawyer asked if Angelina would agree to the following schedule in December:
- one session with the twins (Knox and Vivienne)
The sessions would be monitored and 30-60 minutes long. Spiegel adds, if Maddox and Pax don't want to see him ... Brad wants an extra session with the other 4 kids.
Angelina's team turned down the offer. Her attorney, Laura Wasser, fired off a very firm response saying Brad's team is ignoring what therapists feel is best for the kids. She implores them to give the therapists a chance to "tell us how the kids are feeling."
As we reported, Brad was shut down in his effort to keep the case sealed ... but it's now clear from these emails he's determined to spend more time with his brood, ASAP.
Brad Pitt -- Judge Denies Emergency Sealing in Custody CaseBrad Pitt's effort to seal his and Angelina Jolie's custody battle from the public was rejected by the judge Wednesday morning.
We broke the story ... Brad requested an emergency hearing to address locking down all the proceedings related to their war over their 6 kids. Lawyers for both sides marched into court, but the judge quickly denied Brad's request.
His side has been fuming since Jolie filed their temporary custody arrangement in court last week -- a move Brad believes only served to air their dirty laundry in public and damage the children.
We're told Angelina felt it necessary to file the docs in order to have the court enforce the terms -- specifically the part about letting a therapist make the call on when Brad can start having unmonitored visits.
In docs, Angelina's lawyer says Brad's effort to seal the whole case isn't so much about protecting the children -- as his side has claimed -- but more about keeping his own actions hidden ... because it was "[Brad's] conduct at the center of the DCFS and FBI investigations."
Sources connected to the case tell us Brad has been trying to "push past the process." As one source put it, he was acting like a "celebrity who is used to getting whatever he wants" ... and after the DCFS investigation cleared him of criminal wrongdoing, what he wanted was to have solo time with the children.
Our Brad sources deny he's made any effort to change the temporary custody deal.
We're told Angelina also wants the whole case to remain private -- as long as Brad sticks to the custody arrangement they both signed off on months ago.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina Jolie's Hurting Our Kids ... Moves to Seal Custody DocumentsBrad Pitt is going to court to keep his custody war with Angelina Jolie private, and sources connected with Brad say his motivation is to thwart her from further damaging their children by airing their dirty laundry in public.
Sources connected to the case tell TMZ ... Brad filed docs Tuesday in family court, requesting an emergency hearing. We're told he intends to ask the judge to seal all documents and proceedings related to his and Angelina's ongoing battle for custody of their 6 kids.
Several sources say Angelina filed the documents because she feared Brad was angling to change their temporary agreement so that he could have unmonitored visits with the children. We're told Angelina is relying on the family therapist, who says it's too early for Brad to have unmonitored visits -- but she does want him to have solo visits ... once the therapist signs off.
Sources connected with Brad, however, are calling BS ... saying the only document filed in the case is the one Angelina blasted out to the world ... exposing their 6 children to needless pain. Our Brad sources say there was no reason for Angelina to file a private agreement, and make it public other than to trash Brad and make the children collateral damage.
We're told he has made NO move to change the private agreement that was always meant to remain private -- and he feels by gratuitously making it public the way Jolie did ... it's evidence she's a bad parent.
Brad will get his shot within a few hours to argue the case should remain private. We're told the emergency hearing is slated for Wednesday morning.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt -- Child Visitation Changes in Hands of TherapistBrad Pitt's child custody arrangement with Angelina Jolie is in the hands of one man ... according to docs filed by Jolie.
Right now, the exes and their 6 kids are operating under a temporary custody deal agreed upon by both sides. As we've reported ... she has primary custody and Brad gets monitored visits, but the docs Angelina filed spell out the details.
According to the docs ... when and how Brad sees the children is determined by a psychologist who specializes in child custody issues. The deal says, the "frequency and conditions of the therapeutic visitation shall be determined by Ian Russ, Ph.D." Brad and Angie also must participate in group therapy sessions with the kids.
The terms of this deal must stay in place until there's a court order, or both parents agree to change it.
Additionally, the docs say Brad will submit to random drug and alcohol tests at least 4 times per month.
Pitt and Jolie made this arrangement in October, while Brad was still under investigation by the DCFS, but as we've reported ... the agency cleared him of any wrongdoing a month ago.
Jolie's filing essentially memorializes the temporary deal with the court. The judge signed it on Friday.
Brad and Angelina spend first Thanksgiving apartDespite reports estranged stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were putting aside their differences to spend Thanksgiving together with their brood of six kids, sources close to the pair tell us the reunion did not happen.
“She never asked him and they are not together,” said an insider over the holiday weekend.
Some reports said that Jolie had called “temporary truce” so that Pitt could break bread with the family after one of their kids, Shiloh, 10, sent an email to the parents to spend the holiday together.
Sources said Pitt was in LA for the holiday, but not with Jolie.
Pitt was earlier this week cleared in a reported FBI investigation into allegations stemming from an incident involving another of the couple’s kids, Maddox, 15, on a private jet. The FBI said it conducted a review of the incident and would not pursue any further investigation.
Pitt and Jolie are embroiled in a bitter custody dispute after she filed for divorce in September. He’s recently been seen publicly promoting his latest film, “Allied,” around the globe. The WWII film’s been dubbed in mixed reviews as both an “empty shell of a movie” and a “satisfying period piece.”
Angelina Jolie denounces violence against children in new campaignAngelina Jolie just can’t let some things go.
Weeks after her soon-to-be ex-husband, Brad Pitt, was cleared of child-abuse allegations, the actress has resurfaced — to film a campaign for the International Criminal Court decrying violence against kids.
“I particularly welcome the commitment to include charges for crimes against children wherever the evidence permits, as part of a more systematic approach,” the 41-year-old humanitarian says in the video.
The LA County Department of Children and Family Services cleared Pitt of the allegations this month. It was charged that he had struck his and Jolie’s 15-year-old son, Maddox.
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, her husband of two years and partner of 12, in September. The Oscar-winning actress cited irreconcilable differences and is seeking custody of the couple’s six kids. Pitt wants joint custody.
Jon Voight on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Divorce: "Hopefully Things Will Work Out"Jon Voight is hoping for the best when it comes to Angelina Jolie's divorce.
Voight spoke to E! News at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Thursday night and addressed his daughter and Brad Pitt's custody battle. "I appreciate everybody's concern and their prayers," he told us. "Hopefully things will work out."
Pitt attended his first red carpet this week since Jolie filed for divorce in September. He signed autographs and posed with his Allied co-star, Marion Cotillard, before entering the fan Q&A and gushing about how much his fans mean to him. "It's really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here," he explained before adding, "It's really nice to have all the support."
Earlier that night E! News learned that Pitt had been cleared of child abuse allegations by the Los Angeles Country Department of Children and Family Services. DCFS launched an investigation into the A-list star after an incident involving the actor and his eldest son Maddox on a private airplane back on September 14.
The DCFS found that Angelina's ex did not commit any child abuse during the incident. A spokesperson for Angelina released the following statement:
"The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation. As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
A source insisted, however, that, "There were no childcare professionals involved with last week's temporary voluntary agreement."
Brad may have bombshell Angelina tapesBrad Pitt has bombshell audio tapes he plans to use against Angelina Jolie in their bitter child custody battle, according to reports Friday.
The embarrassing recordings may hurt Jolie’s chances at winning primary custody of their six kids, the London Sun reported.
“We believe audio tapes exist of Angelina that would be absolutely dynamite against her if they were to be made public,” an insider told the paper.
The tapes would be the first major legal salvo fired by Pitt and his legal team — after Jolie’s lawyers said they planned to prove he hit one of their children, the source said.
“Nobody wants to play dirty like that — it’s not good for the children — but Angelina and her team seem absolutely hell-bent on trying to discredit Brad in order to stop him getting joint custody,” the source said.
Pitt was never physically abusive with the kids but he did have an argument with son Maddox on an airplane, the source said. Pitt was cleared of abuse allegations by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services this week.
Pitt wants to compromise on custody arrangements rather than duke it out in court, the paper reported.
“Brad has made it obvious that he wants to come to a mature arrangement and stop throwing dirt at each other,” the source said.
The source didn’t say exactly what’s on the tapes.
On Wednesday, Pitt made an appearance at the premiere of his movie “Allied” in Los Angeles — sans his wedding ring.
Jolie filed for divorce on Sept. 19 and is seeking sole custody of their six kids.
Brad Pitt -- Cleared in Child Abuse InvestigationBrad Pitt has been cleared of abuse allegations by the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, TMZ has learned, and that gives him a huge advantage in his custody war with Angelina Jolie.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... DCFS concluded Wednesday it would close the investigation involving an incident in Sept. between Brad and Maddox on a private jet. The Dept. reached the decision ... Brad did NOT commit child abuse during an argument that ended with physical contact.
The case was exhaustively investigated. Social workers interviewed Brad, Angelina, the kids and witnesses on the plane. Everyone cooperated in the investigation. No further action will be taken.
The conclusion is a repudiation of sorts of allegations made by Angelina, who claimed Brad intentionally and without justification struck the boy. We're told she also had claimed there was a pattern of misconduct on Brad's part, something DCFS did not buy.
Now that Brad is cleared, he has a big advantage in the custody case. Angelina is asking for sole physical custody and Brad wants joint custody. California judges favor Brad's position.
Angelina Jolie -- Brad Didn't Commit Child Abuse ... But it Was Still BadAngelina Jolie is chomping at the bit to prove Brad Pitt abused at least one of his kids, and she thinks the divorce judge will believe her allegations and limit Brad's custody.
TMZ broke the story ... the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services has closed its child abuse investigation into an incident on a private jet between Brad and 15-year-old Maddox.
Angelina has filed for primary physical custody of the 6 kids ... Brad has responded, saying he wants joint custody. Sources connected with Angelina say she feels the kids would be at risk if Brad gets joint custody, and if he doesn't drop his claim she'll present evidence to the divorce judge that Brad has committed abuse.
A rep for Angelina tells TMZ, "Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
The rep adds there's a legal agreement in place, signed by both sides, in which Angelina currently has primary physical custody and Brad has monitored visitation. As we reported, however, that agreement was in place only during the DCFS investigation. Now that the investigation is closed, Brad and Angelina will have to duke it out before the divorce judge.
Brangelina custody battle takes a bizarre turnThe increasingly tangled Brangelina custody battle took a turn for the bizarre Monday when a rep for Angelina Jolie claimed the “Tomb Raider” star and estranged hubby Brad Pitt had reached a settlement. But others disputed the claim.
On Friday, Pitt quietly filed for joint custody of the separated couple’s six kids in LA Superior Court, following Jolie’s bombshell divorce filing in September.
But late Monday, a Jolie rep issued a statement saying: “We can confirm that child care professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago .?.?. The six children will stay in their mother’s custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. This has been determined by child care professionals to be in the children’s best interest.”
“We are not in a position to discuss the details,” the rep’s statement continued. “We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time.”
Others said not so fast. A source told Page Six: “There was no new agreement signed .?.?. [it] was simply an extension of the pre-existing, completely voluntary temporary arrangement they had previously agreed to.”
Our source said, “It makes no sense because Pitt filed for joint custody on Friday .?.?. days after this supposed ‘new’ agreement. There were absolutely not any child-care advisers of any kind imposing or in any way involved with this decision.”
Meanwhile, as we reported, despite all the off-screen drama, Pitt’s planning to attend the premiere of his new Paramount film, “Allied,” on Wednesday in Westwood, Calif.
Statement: Pitt-Jolie children will remain in actress' careAngelina Jolie Pitt will continue to have sole custody of her six children with Brad Pitt in a joint agreement reached by the actors, a representative for the actress said Monday.
The voluntary agreement calls for the former couple's six children, who range in ages from 8 to 15, to continue to have "therapeutic visits" with Pitt for the time being. It is unclear what therapeutic visits entailed, and Jolie Pitt's representatives said they could not provide additional details.
A representative for Pitt declined comment.
Monday's statement said the agreement was reached more than a week ago, although Pitt told a court on Friday that he is seeking joint custody.
Jolie Pitt filed for divorce in September, days after Pitt was involved in a disturbance during a private flight with his family. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the breakup, and an attorney said at the time she filed for divorce "for the health of the family."
The statement makes no mention of an investigation by child welfare workers into the plane incident.
The agreement has not been filed in the couple's divorce, and may not be the final custody arrangement governing the actors' children.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt reached a temporary custody agreement in late September that included at least some of the same terms — visitation with his children and both sides agreeing to meetings with therapists.
"We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time," Monday's statement said.
The actor filed a legal response to the divorce on Friday and sought joint custody of the children. Formal custody arrangements are included a couple's divorce judgment, although they are rarely made public in celebrity divorce cases.
Pitt's filing did not include any new details about the couple's breakup. Pitt cited irreconcilable differences and makes no mention of a prenuptial agreement that will govern how the pair divides their assets. He also cites Sept. 15 as the day of their separation, one day after the alleged plane altercation between Pitt and his 15-year-old son, Maddox.
Pitt was accused of being abusive toward the teenager, sources told The Associated Press, but authorities were not notified when the plane landed in Minnesota. Several sources said the incident was being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, but the agency said it could not confirm whether it was involved.
The actors were married for two years and together for 12 years after becoming close while filming 2005's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."
Angelina Jolie -- Brad's Dreaming ... He's Not Getting Joint CustodyAngelina Jolie is ready and willing to fight Brad Pitt in court over the custody of their children and "until he gets his s**t together" she only wants him to have monitored visitation ... sources connected to Angelina tell TMZ.
TMZ broke the story, Brad filed legal docs Friday, asking for joint custody of the couple's six children. Angelina has drawn a line in the sand, asking for primary physical custody, with Brad getting visitation ... our sources tell us she wants the visits monitored.
Angelina's wish list is basically what she and Brad agreed to temporarily while the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services investigates a confrontation between Brad and Maddox. As we reported, DCFS is looking more broadly at interactions in the family.
Our Angelina sources say she ultimately wants the family repaired so she and Brad can resume a "normal" parenting regime, but until then she will fight hard for sole physical custody. She believes Brad has substance abuse and anger issues that must be addressed.
One Angelina source said this is looking more and more like "War of the Roses redux."
Brad Pitt Wants Joint Custody of KidsBrad Pitt has just set the stage for a custody war ... asking for joint custody of the 6 kids he shares with Angelina Jolie ... TMZ has learned.
Brad answered Angelina's divorce petition and squarely takes issue with her request for sole physical custody of the kids. She wanted Brad to only have visitation.
TMZ broke the story, Angelina checked the box for sole custody after Brad allegedly struck Maddox on a private jet.
FYI ... California judges favor joint custody, unless it would be harmful to the kids.
Neither Brad nor Angelina mention spousal or child support.
Brad gives the same separation date as Angelina ... Sept. 15th.
Rare Angelina Jolie print up for saleAmid the wild abuse allegations from Angelina Jolie’s camp about estranged husband Brad Pitt, a rare print of the actress with blood dripping from her mouth is for sale.
The “Angelina With Blood” portrait — perhaps inspired by her previous penchant for wearing a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck — was taken by Martin Schoeller in 2003 for his “Close Up” series, before Jolie got with Pitt.
It will be offered for $60,000 by the Amstel Gallery during Nick Korniloff’s Art Miami in December.
The seller has not been disclosed, but one art-world insider said, “Maybe Brad is cleansing his collection of all things Angelina.”
Brad and Angelina sell off New Orleans home amid divorceBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sold their home in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Documents filed with the Land Records Division of the Orleans Parish Clerk of Court’s Office show the property sold for $4.9 million.
Pitt and Jolie purchased the home in 2007 after Hurricane Katrina for $3.5 million. The couple, who are divorcing, bought it after Pitt established the Make It Right Foundation to fuel development of new housing in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward neighborhood.
According to the listing, the three-story, 1830s-era mansion has 7,645 square feet, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and two half-baths.
Listing agent Nina Killeen confirmed the sale closed Friday. She says, “It sold for a very fair price. It’s a good deal for both parties. They’re happy with the outcome.”
FBI grills Angelina Jolie for four hoursThe FBI grilled Angelina Jolie for four hours, in a probe of estranged husband Brad Pitt’s alleged confrontation with their teen son aboard a private airplane, a published report revealed on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old actress was questioned in great detail by two agents at her Los Angeles home on Sept. 14, Us Weekly reported.
“The agents wanted a breakdown of everything that happened from when the plane took off to when it landed. They’re looking into charges of assault,” an anonymous insider told Us.
Jolie, 41, “fully cooperated” with investigators in regard to the incident involving their 15-year-old son Maddox, another source said.
The probe is expected to last a few more weeks before it’s handed to federal prosecutors, the magazine revealed.
The FBI probe is running concurrently with an investigation by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services.
“Neither side wants this to go to court because everything the FBI and DCFS investigated will potentially be made available to the public, which would be bad for the entire family.” the insider said.
The FBI “will likely investigate for another few weeks” and will subsequently present the case to the prosecutor flor possible charges.
For now, the Jolie has primary custody of their kids Maddox, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 10. The 52-year-old Pitt has visitation rights.
Brad Pitt -- Abuse Investigation Expanded to Family ... Angelina Sources SayThe Brad Pitt child abuse investigation has been expanded to the entire family, including Angelina ... sources connected with Angelina Jolie tell TMZ.
Our sources say ... the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services initially focused on the plane incident in which Brad allegedly struck 15-year-old Maddox.
Our sources say, through various interviews with family members, DCFS has now expanded its investigation to other alleged incidents, including interactions between Brad and Angelina which were allegedly witnessed by 1 or more of their 6 kids.
The Angelina sources say some of the children have been fearful around Brad, and Maddox in particular has problems with his dad. We're told the meeting Brad had with Maddox last week ended quickly because Maddox didn't want to be there.
None of our sources would say if the DCFS interviews turned up anything that would cause the agency to take action related to custody.
Brad Pitt -- I'm Not Answering Angelina's Divorce ... For the Sake of Our KidsBrad Pitt will not file a legal response to Angelina Jolie's divorce petition because it would set the stage for a nasty legal battle ... and he fears it would cause great psychological damage to their kids.
Brad's legal answer was supposed to be filed Wednesday, but the deadline came and went. Sources close to the case tell us ... Brad wants joint legal and physical custody, but if he actually filed papers it would draw the battle lines. Angelina wants sole physical custody, setting up a possible custody war.
Angelina could set the wheels in motion for a default judgment since Brad hasn't answered her petition, but we're told that is not going to happen. She agrees ... healing the family is the priority, not starting a war.
There's something else here at play. The L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services is still investigating the airplane confrontation between Brad and 15-year-old Maddox, and Brad will be in a much stronger position if DCFS closes the case before he files his answer.
Our sources also say there's a chance the whole divorce case could settle privately without any dueling divorce docs. And, we're told, on that goal both Angelina and Brad agree.
Angelina Jolie and Kids -- Interviewed by the FBIAngelina Jolie and her kids were interviewed Tuesday by 2 FBI agents ... primarily to determine where exactly the incident between Brad Pitt and 15-year-old son Maddox went down.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... 2 FBI agents paid Angelina a visit at her Malibu home and spent more than 3 hours there. Well-placed sources tell us there is not an official investigation ... the agency is in a "fact-finding" stage to determine if there's evidence to warrant an investigation.
We're told the agents wanted Angelina and the kids to walk through the incident step-by-step, but they spent a lot of time trying to pin down the location of the airplane at the time it happened.
We're told it matters if the plane was not in U.S. airspace when the argument went down. The FBI also asked numerous questions about what happened on the ground when the plane refueled in Minnesota. There's some question as to whether Minnesota officials might have jurisdiction.
Sources tell us Angelina was cooperative but her endgame is for the whole thing to just go away.
As we reported, it's highly unlikely the FBI will press the case.
Brangelina’s former bodyguard: I ‘fathered’ those kidsMark Billingham spent 27 years in the British Army’s Special Air Service, fought in Iraq and won the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery after capturing an IRA sniper by using himself as bait.
But his toughest gig was not on the battlefield — it was guarding estranged Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Mark, known by his nickname, Billy, was their eyes and ears for 18 months and became so close to their children, he reckons he was their unofficial father.
Now he is entering the world of showbiz as a new instructor for Channel 4’s “SAS: Who Dares Wins,” which is back tonight.
He joins Anthony Middleton, Jason Fox and Matthew Ollerton to put 25 civilians through an SAS selection test in the Ecuadorian jungle.
It’s not for the faint-hearted, and one thing is for certain: Brad Pitt should not apply.
Billy, 51, says, “Brad wouldn’t last long because he wouldn’t have any cream to put on his face. It would be too sweaty and uncomfortable for him. He’s too pretty! But Angie could do it. She’d probably be the only one with balls at the end. She would stick it out.”
Channel 4 signed Billy — who is also an MBE — after being impressed by his credentials.
His depth of experience also landed him the gig with Brangelina.
Billy admits, “I was Brad and Angelina’s head of security. The military set me up perfectly for what I did with them. The biggest concern for them was the kidnapping of the kids, it’s all about money.”
Working with the Hollywood stars meant Billy grew close to the couple’s six children — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne — and he was one of the few staff members they trusted to be around the family.
He recalls, “Angie and Brad are very worried about who goes near their children. It was clear from the start we had a great chemistry and they trusted me with the kids. We got very close, I was living with them all the time. I could take the kids anywhere I wanted to on my own,” he continued. “No one else was allowed to do that. Even when I wanted to bring in extra people, they wouldn’t let any of those near the kids. They could look out for them from a distance but they couldn’t physically touch them. I took them swimming. I fathered them, basically.”
Stalkers were another big issue for the A-listers.
Billy recalls one particularly hairy incident involving Angelina.
He explains, “We had stalkers in Chicago and New York which I had to deal with. Angie was filming in a crowd and everyone’s got smiles on their faces except for one guy. He looked angry. A few days later, we were coming off set and this guy came running down the road with photos to be signed. Angie wanted to get out of the vehicle and do it but I said no. I went and got the photos and took them to her. She was like, ‘Wow, these are personal photos.’ The guy ran off, then reappeared days later near the hotel, so I got him arrested,” he added.
“He’d been following Angie all over the States. To me, it was a John Lennon classic,” Billingham continued. “Whenever she was on her own in pictures, he was smiling. Then whenever she was with Brad, he had this angry look on his face.”
Billy reveals he was more worried about people attacking Brad than Angelina, saying, “People love her but hate him. You have to figure out a way of protecting them from all that. It was challenging, but interesting.”
Protecting celebrities from crazed fans requires careful planning, but Billy found he also had to protect their image too, even carrying spare clothes for his charges in case theirs got stained or crumpled.
He says, “It’s not so much about the physical side, but more about the social side. I had to make sure their image was protected, that they were dressed properly and not doing silly things that could be caught on camera.”
The task was harder than it sounds, according to Billy, who says Brad and Angelina lacked some very basic social skills.
He explains, “What surprised me was their low level of common sense. I found it crazy when they would ask me questions like, ‘How do I go down to that bar?’ and ‘What do I need to do to get there?’ They’re not stupid, but because of the world they live in, they just haven’t done something like that for so long. I found that weird.”
As well as looking out for would-be stalkers, assassins and kidnappers, Billy had fun with the couple, especially joker Brad.
He says, “Once, it was Angie’s birthday and we were all sitting in an Audi Q7. I hadn’t been working with them long and suddenly Brad has locked the doors and farted and we couldn’t get out.”
Yet while he spent time with Brad and Angelina’s children, divorced Billy found the job kept him away from his own six children, so he had to quit.
He says with a shrug, “I never had a private life. I was exhausted. I lost direction in my own family life. In 17 months I was only home for six weeks. It was just too full-on. I still do bits and pieces for Brad and Angie. She recently went into Iraq for the UN and I looked after her beforehand, got her ready for it and looked after Maddox when she went in.”
Angelina shocked the world last month when she filed for divorce from Brad, ending their 12-year relationship.
Loyal Billy — who has also looked after Russell Crowe, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise and Kate Moss — says he was just as shocked by the split as everyone else.
Now he is focusing on becoming a star himself.
Season 1 of “Who Dares Wins” was a big hit for Channel 4 last year and Billy believes the new one will be just as good.
He says, “I have to take my hat off to the guys for having the balls to do it. Some performed pretty bloody well out there. The most important ingredient for any SAS soldier is his mental capacity. It’s not about your image or shape, it’s whether you can think and operate under pressure. It’s so important to know if a guy is someone you can work with … a team player and dependable. It doesn’t mean you want to go drinking with him, but when the s— hits the fan, you know you can trust him with your life.”
Angelina and the kids have begun therapyAngelina Jolie and her six kids have started therapy as the family attempts to deal with the turmoil of divorce.
Jolie and the children have been living at a rented home in LA, sources say, as Brad Pitt prepares to visit with the children.
His visit will also be monitored by a therapist, and he — like Jolie — has agreed to undergo therapy individually, as well as with the kids.
While things have calmed down in the public war of words, the divorce is far from settled, say sources, and things remain “glacial” between Jolie and Pitt.
A source tells Page Six that Pitt remains “heartbroken by the events of the last few weeks and the false allegations against him.”
Angelina Jolie -- I Don't Want Brad ProsecutedAngelina Jolie will not cooperate with law enforcement if there's a move to file child abuse charges against Brad Pitt ... TMZ has learned.
Our Angelina sources say she's adamant ... Brad should not face criminal charges for getting physical with 15-year-old Maddox on their private jet. We're told she'll go "radio silent" if authorities make a move to build a case against her estranged husband.
We're told Angelina was forthright with the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services, telling social workers Brad struck Maddox (in the face).
Other sources say Brad did not strike his son in the face, but instead lunged at him and Angelina got in the way, causing Brad to inadvertently make contact with the boy's shoulders.
Angelina, we're told, has a singular focus ... protecting her kids, not punishing Brad.
DCFS does have the authority to recommend custody restrictions to the dependency court, although it's looking more and more like it will not reach that stage. Furthermore, given there were no injuries to Maddox and conflicting accounts of what happened, prosecution is also unlikely.
Brangelina to get therapy under temporary custody planBrad Pitt is submitting to drug and alcohol tests, while both he and Angelina Jolie will have to undergo therapy, as part of a temporary custody plan for their kids as they seek to settle their increasingly ugly divorce.
Pitt has agreed to undergo random drug and alcohol testing over the next three weeks amid reports of his drinking and pot smoking. His first test came back negative. Also, both Jolie and Pitt will go into individual therapy and separately attend family counseling with their kids.
The couple’s six children — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox — will remain with Jolie at a rented LA house. Pitt can visit — but he has agreed that his initial visit will also be monitored by a therapist, who will decide if further monitoring is needed for future visits.
A source tells us, “This is a horrible, horrible situation, but Brad is doing everything he can to do the right thing for the kids and make this as painless as possible.”
The temporary plan, which runs until Oct. 20, has been agreed to following recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, which interviewed both Pitt and Jolie following allegations of an altercation on their private jet.
Pitt strongly denies hitting Maddox, 15, during a Sept. 14 argument with Jolie, who filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, citing irreconcilable differences. An investigation into the alleged incident was launched by DCFS after it was reported by an anonymous party.
The source continued, “This is a temporary agreement that both Jolie and Pitt have consented to. They will both undergo individual therapy and family therapy with their kids. They have joint custody, but both sides agreed the children will stay with their mother, and he will visit.” It was not clear if Pitt has seen the kids since Jolie filed for divorce.
The source added, “Everything is voluntary, including the therapy and drug testing.”
We’re told that lawyers for Jolie and Pitt are now focused on trying to settle privately to avoid a bitter court battle.
Angelina Jolie In Talks To Star In TriStar’s ‘Shoot Like A Girl’Angelina Jolie is in early talks to star for TriStar in Shoot Like a Girl. The film is an adaptation of Shoot Like A Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight In Afghanistan and on the Home Front. That is an upcoming memoir by Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar, who served three tours in Afghanistan as a rescue helicopter pilot and transported hundreds of soldiers off the battlefield in hot zone areas. During one of those tours, her helicopter was shot down in the midst of a rescue mission. She got shot by the Taliban, but battled through her injury to save the three Americans she had been sent to rescue, along with her own team. They got out of there in a daring and death defying escape. Beyond her battlefield heroics that included winning the Purple Heart and becoming only the sixth woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, Hegar successfully waged and won an important battle on U.S. soil: She sued the Department of Defense over the Combat Exclusion Policy that kept women from direct combat. The policy was ruled unconstitutional as a result, and was repealed. The Penguin Random House imprint Berkley Caliber will publish the book May 7, 2017.
The Gotham Group is producing the film, and Nicole Brown brought in the book and is overseeing it with TriStar president Hannah Minghella. Frank Baldwin wrote the script and they will try to make Jolie’s deal and then set a filmmaker and fast track this.
Jolie hasn’t done an action turn in a while; the last were Salt and The Tourist, before she moved on to the directing vehicles In The Land Of Blood and Honey, Unbroken and By The Sea, as well as Maleficent, which has a sequel percolating. She’s repped by UTA, Media Talent Group and attorney Robert Offer.
Angelina Jolie Working With Real-Life Olivia Pope for Brad Pitt DivorceAngelina Jolie wants to get through this with as little scandal as possible (see what we did there?).
E! News confirms that the A-lister's team has hired famous crisis manager Judy Smith to help with her highly publicized divorce with Brad Pitt. And this is pretty interesting, considering Smith is the real-life Olivia Pope who inspired Kerry Washington's character in the hit Shonda Rhimes series.
"She is typically a calming non-combative influence," a source tells us. "Certainly seems like someone to give better advice than what she has been apparently been getting."
In other words, it's handled.
"Judy and her firm have a long history of handling issues that have unfortunately garnered too much attention in the public eye, and she knows how to push towards resolutions that are swift and discreet," a source told People, who first reported the story.
Jolie will join a list of high-profile celebrities, including Michael Vick, Paula Deen and Monica Lewinsky, who also needed "the fixer" to calm the media thunderstorm surrounding their various scandals. Meanwhile, Smith joins celeb renowned lawyer Laura Wasser on the case, proving that Angie is creating quite the legal team.
One of the biggest concerns surrounding the divorce is the custody battle over their kids, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne.
Angelina is seeking full custody of the children as E! News learned she believes it's what's necessary right now while the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County continues conducting an inquiry into the allegations that Brad was involved in an incident with a child aboard a private plane earlier this month.
In fact, we're told Brad has yet to see his children since the divorce news broke last week, but, "He really wants to see the kids and to work out an arrangement that is best for them," an insider told us. "[He] wants to work things out privately and amicably."
E! News has also learned the 41-year-old actress doesn't intend for the custody situation to remain permanent, and are told Angie knows she and Brad will need to co-parent together in the future for the sake of their kids.
Brad and Angelina trying to settle divorce outside of courtAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are now in private negotiations to settle their divorce, Page Six has confirmed.
After Pitt hired top LA attorney Lance Spiegel, the public sniping has ceased and the two sides are trying to reach an agreement out of court, we’re told.
The sticking point is the custody of their six children. Jolie filed for divorce requesting primary physical custody. Pitt is pushing for shared custody, although he has yet to file any paperwork with the court.
Jolie has also this week hired famous crisis manager Judy Smith, who inspired Kerry Washington’s character on the hit TV show “Scandal.”
Sources tell Page Six that Smith is consulting with Jolie’s legal team as they work out her divorce with Pitt. One insider said, “Smith has been a great help calming things down so the discussions between both sides can move forward.”
Both sides didn’t get back to us on Thursday.
The inner circle allegedly helping Jolie smear PittThe public sniping against Brad Pitt has simmered down now that Angelina Jolie’s political advisers have gone back to England.
Lady Arminka Helic, a Bosnian-born member of the UK House of Lords and a former adviser to Britain’s ex-foreign secretary William Hague, and fellow former Hague aide Chloe Dalton have been behind Jolie’s campaign against Pitt after she filed for divorce, multiple sources tell Page Six.
One source said, “They have been calling all the networks and news outlets, placing stories that he was cheating, drunk, on drugs, out of control and abusive, which Brad denies.”
A second source added, “Their last move was to urge news outlets to obtain the video of Brad allegedly losing his s?-?-?t on the tarmac. But that video didn’t surface, or doesn’t exist.”
The first source continued, “They were with Angelina in LA as she filed for divorce, and advised her how to handle things last week, which was basically a scorched-earth approach.” The source added, “It’s no coincidence that since they went back to London, things have calmed down.”
But other insiders insist that Helic and Dalton are focused on humanitarian work, which is how they met Jolie.
Helic, who fled the Bosnian War as a refugee in the ’90s, served as a special adviser to Hague and persuaded him to launch the UK’s global sexual-violence initiative, which was backed by Jolie.
Helic was nominated to the House of Lords in 2014, taking the title Baroness Helic, and also manages Jolie’s charity. But while Helic and Dalton have been advising Jolie on her international humanitarian work, it has been claimed that their relationship goes beyond that, and the pair plays a prominent role in her life, counseling her on everything from child care to travel.
Helic and Dalton could not be reached, and a rep for Jolie didn’t get back to us. Pitt has hired divorce attorney Lance Spiegel, who recommends mediation in high-profile celebrity cases — so perhaps he may bring some peace to the Jolie-Pitt hostilities.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina's UN Ambitions ... UN-Safe For Our Kids!!Angelina Jolie is so obsessed with becoming the head of the United Nations ... it caused major marital issues with Brad Pitt.
Sources close to the couple tell us ... Brad became increasingly upset over Angelina's political ambitions ... we're told her dream is to become the top UN official ... she was never specific. Toward that end, we're told she has 2 political advisers and a "war room" to help with decisions and image.
Brad, we're told, was especially upset that Angelina had taken the kids to various war-torn countries, including Lebanon and Iraq. We're told Angelina would always make sure to bring a security team that was the best of the best on her trips ... but for Brad, it still wasn't enough.
We're told things got extremely tense when Brad and Angie argued over taking the kids to Syria to help rebuild the war torn country.
Our sources say Brad was always supportive of Jolie's solo charity work, but travels with the kids became a bone of contention for several years.
Angelina Jolie Still Set to Teach at the London School of Economics in 2017Angelina Jolie remains on track to join the faculty of the London School of Economics.
Jolie, who filed for divorce last week from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage and 12 years together, is still set to come aboard as a visiting professor for a new masters' program focused on women, peace and security, PEOPLE has confirmed, and she'll begin teaching there in 2017.
"She is going to be a visiting professor next year, 2017," a spokesperson for LSE tells PEOPLE. "The post starts in September 2017."
The program begins accepting applications this fall.
In May, the esteemed academic institution announced that Jolie was one of four visiting professors appointed to the program, which is housed at the school's Centre for Women, Peace and Security and is "dedicated to developing strategies to promote gender equality and enhance women's economic, social and political participation and security," the school said in a statement.
As a visiting professor, Jolie is expected to give guest lectures, participate in workshop and public events, and continue research on projects.
The school's Centre for Women, Peace and Security was launched in February 2015 by Jolie and Britain's former foreign secretary William Hague, who had both co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative.
Hague will serve as a visiting professor alongside Jolie in the program, which is also expected to be taught at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in the U.S.
Jolie, 41, has been at the center of intense public attention after she filed for divorce from Pitt, 52, on Sept. 19. She is seeking sole physical custody of the couple's six children: Maddox, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
On Thursday, PEOPLE confirmed that Pitt is being investigated for child abuse by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services after he allegedly got verbally abusive and physical with his and Jolie's oldest child, Maddox, 15, during a flight on the couple's private plane.
A source with knowledge of the situation told PEOPLE that Pitt did not hit Maddox, but "made contact" with him "in the shoulder area." The source says there was no sign of physical injury on Maddox.
The Pitt source said the actor is fully cooperating with the investigation, which has been referred to the FBI under special aircraft jurisdiction since the incident occurred mid-flight, and that the actor "takes the matter very seriously."
A source close to the actor told PEOPLE on Saturday that it does not seem likely at this time that the FBI will be recommending further investigation into the matter.
Video reportedly shows Brad Pitt ‘yelling’ at Jolie aboard private jetA drunken Brad Pitt was caught on video raging at Angelina Jolie aboard their private jet — but the recording did not show any physical violence or contact with Jolie or any of their children, a new report said Friday.
Insiders told US Weekly that Pitt, 52, can be seen on the embarrassing video “looking drunk” and “yelling” during the confrontation with the mother of their six children on a flight from Europe to Los Angeles.
“Brad is seen yelling a lot during it, but nothing physical,” the source said, potentially a huge break for Pitt in his upcoming divorce from Jolie, 41, and custody battle over their children.
The video was from a Sept. 14 flight after the family’s jet stopped to refuel at Minnesota’s International Falls Airport. The mag also reported Pitt was a broken man over the end of the two-year marriage and 14-year relationship. “He is beside himself and has been crying. He was completely caught off guard,” the source said of Jolie filing for divorce Monday.
After Pitt got drunk and began arguing with his wife, the couple’s oldest son Maddox, 15, got in the middle to try to calm dad down.
A source close to Pitt told the magazine that “teenagers have fights with their parents, especially when you have teens who are strong-willed and confident. You’re going to have back and forth. The abuse suggestions are inaccurate.”
But the LA County Department of Children and Family Services is investigating.
Brad Pitt allegations relate to treatment of sonAllegations Brad Pitt was abusive on a private plane last week relate to the actor's treatment of his 15-year-old son, sources said Friday, as the FBI continued to gather information before determining whether to open an investigation.
FBI Spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the agency hasn't made a decision on a formal investigation into what occurred on a plane ferrying Pitt, his wife Angelina Jolie Pitt and their six children.
Several news outlets have reported that a child welfare agency in Los Angeles is investigating the well-being of the children, who range in ages from 8 to 15.
Sources familiar with the allegations, but not authorized to speak publicly, say the child welfare investigation centers on Pitt's conduct toward his son Maddox, 15, during an argument on the Sept. 14 flight. No law enforcement agency responded to the plane when it landed in Minnesota after the incident.
Amara Suarez, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, said the agency could not confirm whether it was investigating Pitt or the well-being of the former couple's children.
Calls to the offices of Pitt's attorney, Lance Spiegel, and Jolie Pitt's lawyer, Laura Wasser, were forwarded to recorded messages stating their firms do not comment on clients.
Jolie Pitt filed for divorce Monday and her lawyer released a statement the following day saying she came to the decision "for the health of the family." She listed their separation date as Sept. 15, the day after the alleged plane incident, and the actress is seeking sole custody of all six of the children.
Koochiching County, Minnesota, Sheriff Perryn Hedlund told The Associated Press on Thursday that Brad Pitt was on a plane that landed at the International Falls, Minnesota, airport near the Canadian border on Sept. 14.
Hedlund said his sheriff's deputies were not called to the airport, and International Falls police were also not called.
"There's no incident whatsoever reported to law enforcement," Hedlund said.
He said he didn't know why the plane landed in International Falls, but said it's not uncommon for hockey players or other celebrities to stop at the airport.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt — known as "Brangelina" — were together for 12 years but only wed in August 2014. They married privately at their French chateau in the Provence hamlet of Correns with their children serving as ring bearers and throwing flower petals. They announced the ceremony days later.
Their six children include 15-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
This is the second marriage for Pitt, 52, who previously wed Jennifer Aniston. It's the third for Jolie Pitt, 41, who was previously married to Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.
How Angelina Jolie Told Brad Pitt She Wanted a Divorce – and Why He 'Begged' Her to WaitAngelina Jolie broke the news to Brad Pitt that she wanted to end their two-year marriage and 12-year romance just days before filing for divorce.
"She sat down, talked to Brad and offered to file [for divorce] together," a source close to the actress tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "She said, 'This is what I'd like to do.' She explained everything. Angelina did what she felt she needed to do."
Though Pitt, 52, was aware that their marriage was in trouble, he was still "wrecked" when Jolie told him of her plans two days before she filed divorce papers, marking irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, says a source in his circle.
"He was appealing to her to do this quietly – not to save the marriage but to consider the well-being of the children – and it was ignored," contends the Pitt source. "He is just wrecked by this."
On Thursday, PEOPLE confirmed that Pitt is under investigation for child abuse by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services following a Sept. 14 incident on a private plane in which he allegedly got "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of the couple's kids in front of Jolie and at least some of their other children. In her divorce filing, Jolie listed the couple's date of separation as the following day, Sept. 15.
Pitt, who had been in counseling "to try to figure out how to make things better" for their six kids "begged [Jolie] to press pause" and slow down the proceedings, says the Pitt source – not so that they could reconcile, but so they could move forward in a way that would both protect and prepare the kids for the massive upheaval that was to come.
"He was willing to do anything, change any habit, change any lifestyle, to do what had to be done to make this work," adds the source. "And by 'make this work,' that means doing what has to be done to make even a split one that is amicable and in the best interests of the children."
The former couple disagree about custody plans. Jolie, 41, asked for physical custody of the couple's kids and is requesting that Pitt be granted visitation rights, while Pitt wants shared custody, sources have said.
Brad Pitt admits he yelled at his kids but denies hitting themBrad Pitt admits he screamed at his kids — but never raised a hand to them, a source close to the actor told The Post.
The “World War Z” hunk is said to be stinging from allegations that he yelled at — and physically struck — his kids during a drunken flight on Sept. 14, the reason Angelina Jolie filed divorced papers Monday, seeking custody.
“He was never physically abusive to her or the kids. He did yell at one of their children on the plane during an argument, but he didn’t hit the child. Brad is denying claims of inappropriate behavior.”
The LAPD confirmed they are not investigating the actor for any type of child abuse — which backs up the actor’s claim he is being unfairly besmirched by his estranged wife, who is using Hollywood divorce strategist Laura Wasser.
“Angelina is putting out [the abuse] story to take the kids away from him,” explained the source.
“Angelina’s team’s campaign to smear him is so aggressive, they called all the major networks, People and TMZ last night with claims he is beating her and the kids.”
Pitt’s team believes her reason is that she wants to take a job with the United Nations, but needs full custody of the children before she leaves Los Angeles.
Pitt’s name was dragged through the mud Thursday after TMZ reported that both the LAPD and LA County Department of Child and Family Services are investigating an incident in which Pitt became “verbally abusive and physical with his children” on a private jet Sept. 14 — which directly led to Jolie filing for divorce.
The report said Pitt was “wasted” and went ballistic on the couple’s six children, shouting and hitting them — and that the behavior was documented in reports to authorities.
LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery told The Post the story didn’t hold water.
“It’s not true. There is no criminal investigation or any investigation of any kind against Brad Pitt,” said Montgomery, adding the celebrity website “made it up.”
The source said Pitt, however, was interviewed by child services about the matter.
“He is taking this seriously and fully cooperating. He admits he is not perfect, but he insists he’s not physically abusive. He loves his kids and is very sad about this situation.
“He knows he made mistakes and he knows he has to be better. He and Angelina fought a lot recently, and she knows how to push his buttons. But he is adamant that he did not hit these kids like she’s trying to say.”
Pitt, who has several lawyers on call for various matters, including Bert Fields, is expected to appoint a divorce attorney today.
Brad Pitt -- Child Abuse Report Referred to FBIThe child abuse allegations against Brad Pitt have been referred over to the FBI ... TMZ has learned.
As we reported, the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services received an anonymous call that Brad was wasted on a private jet last week and became physically and verbally abusive to his kids.
As we reported, the DCFS followed protocol and notified the LAPD. Law enforcement sources say the LAPD's Abused Child Unit (ACU) got the report, but determined that the Department did not have jurisdiction because the alleged incident occurred in the air, on a flight from France to the U.S.
We know ... the plane landed a week ago Wednesday just before 8 PM at an airport in Minnesota. That's when eyewitnesses say Brad was "out of control" on the tarmac and even tried to leave in a fuel truck.
Our LAPD sources say because the incident occurred in the air, the FBI has jurisdiction. The ACU then closed its file and referred the matter to the FBI.
As we reported, DCFS has already interviewed Brad and Angelina separately and they will also interview the kids. Our LAPD sources say if those interviews produce information suggesting there was possible abuse at their L.A. family home, the LAPD will open a new case.
Our Pitt sources say the actor denies committing any sort of abuse.
Brad Pitt -- Under Investigation for Child AbuseBrad Pitt is under investigation by the LAPD and L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services for allegedly getting verbally abusive and physical with his children, and that's what triggered the divorce ... TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the situation tell us, Brad, Angelina and their kids were on a flight last Wednesday when he allegedly got wasted on the private jet. He allegedly went wild, screaming and getting physical with the kids.
We're told the plane landed at an airport around 8 PM, and witnesses say Pitt continued his rant on the tarmac, and even tried leaving in one of the fuel trucks.
Our sources say someone either on the plane or the tarmac anonymously reported the incident to the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services. We're told Brad and Angelina have already been interviewed and DCFS plans to interview the kids as well. That investigation is ongoing.
We're also told the LAPD has the case ... which is routine when anyone reports child abuse. We do not know the specifics of the alleged abuse ... just that it was supposedly both verbal and physical.
Our sources say this incident triggered Jolie to separate from Brad the next day and file for divorce just days later.
A source close to Brad tells TMZ, "He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," adding, "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."
Madame Tussauds separates wax figures of Pitt, JolieAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's split is a literal one at several Madame Tussauds wax museums.
A spokeswoman for the wax museum in London says they wanted to mirror Jolie and Pitt's separation, which came to light Tuesday. She says the wax figures "are now featured at a respectful distance from each other."
Jolie's figure has been placed near one of Nicole Kidman. Pitt's is hanging out with the figure of his co-star in several films, Morgan Freeman.
The couple will also be split up at Madame Tussauds' museums in the U.S.
Madame Tussauds says figures of Jolie and Pitt are on display at 15 of its 20 locations across the globe.
Brad still loves Angelina and was blindsided by divorceBrad Pitt is still crazy about Angelina Jolie and felt blindsided when she broke the news she wanted out of their relationship, sources tell The Post.
Jolie only told Pitt she was ending their marriage a day before she filed the divorce papers, and despite his pleas to work things out, said a source close to the “World War Z” star.
“He only knew that she was filing for divorce a day before she did it. They’d just got back from Europe. Brad didn’t want it to happen, he still loves Angelina and wanted to work it out.”
The source added that as well as dealing with the divorce bombshell, he was stunned by the aggressive way Jolie’s team immediately spread negative rumors about him.
“His first instinct was how were they going to protect the kids during the divorce. Then stories start popping up about his supposed pot smoking, drinking and anger problem,” the source continued.
“He doesn’t have a drug or anger problem. Yes, he smokes some weed and has a drink, but that isn’t out of control. The truth is that they’ve been fighting a lot.
“He’s still one of Hollywood’s top stars, he loves Hollywood and he loves making movies. He wants the kids to settle in LA, go to school and try to have some stability. Angelina has had a series of movie flops and now wants to concentrate on her political and humanitarian work — which is admirable — but she also wants to fly the kids around the world with her. She travels a few weeks of every month.”
The source added that Jolie filed so fast that Pitt didn’t even have time to get a lawyer. “His team is deciding on one today [Wednesday]. His goal is to do whatever is necessary to make the divorce process as easy as possible,” the source said.
The sticking point could be the custody of their six children. Jolie is asking for physical custody and to only allow him visitation, but Pitt is hoping for joint custody.
Reps for Pitt didn’t comment and Jolie’s reps have not responded.
Brad Pitt -- Get Ready, Angelina ... I'm Fighting For Joint CustodyAngelina Jolie isn't going to get her way when it comes to custody ... at least if Brad Pitt has anything to say about it, because TMZ has learned he'll fight and fight hard for joint physical custody of their 6 kids.
Sources connected with Brad tell us, Angelina is dreaming if she thinks she can take his kids away from him. We broke the story, Angelina wants sole physical custody of the children ... she wants a judge to give him visitation, but that's it.
Our sources tell us Brad says, "There's no chance that's going to happen." Pitt wants joint custody ... he doesn't want to interfere with Angelina's ability to be a co-parent, but he won't allow her to thwart him.
This now promises to become the flash point in the divorce and it has the potential to become a fierce legal battle.
That said, our Brad sources say he's quick to add Angelina's a "great mother" and doesn't want to hurt her in the divorce. The sources say Brad and Angelina haven't gotten along for months and have had frank talks about divorce several times, so this wasn't a shock. Nevertheless, he's still devastated.
As we reported, our Angelina sources claim Brad heavily indulges in weed and alcohol and that, combined with what she claims is an anger problem, poses a danger to their kids.
Our Brad sources insist ... he's never put his kids in danger ... ever.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina's Anger Claims are BS ... He's NOT a Dangerous DadAngelina Jolie is lying by spreading the word ... Brad Pitt has anger issues that become dangerous when mixed with weed and alcohol ... so say sources directly connected with Brad.
TMZ broke the story, Angelina filed for divorce because she believes Brad poses a danger to the kids by fueling his "anger problem" with pot and alcohol.
Our Brad sources say it's "a malicious lie" and that "he's a loving and devoted father who has never and would never put his children in any dangerous situation."
The sources did not address the weed and alcohol issues.
As we reported, Angelina wants sole physical custody, with Brad getting only visitation. Our Brad sources say he wants to "share" physical custody with Angelina to make sure he remains a "present father" to the children. As for whether he asks for joint custody in his legal response ... stay tuned.
Brad Pitt -- Angelina Just Put Our Kids in DangerAngelina Jolie has put her kids at risk by calling out Brad Pitt as a bad dad ... so claim sources connected to Brad.
We're told Pitt is "furious" at Angelina for allegedly spinning stories that he poses a risk to their kids because of anger issues fueled by weed and alcohol. Pitt says there's now a bounty on the heads of the entire family, because they've now become a prime target for the gaggle of paparazzi.
We're told the way Brad put it is this ... "She's just unleashed hell."
The perimeter of their Hollywood Hills home is now blanketed by photogs, and the LAPD is now patrolling at regular intervals.
We're told Brad had conversations with Angelina over the last few days and pleaded for her to handle the divorce "like adults." He wanted to low-key it for the benefit of the kids. Instead, he says, she went scorched earth by asking for sole physical custody and suggesting he's a risky dad.
Brad, we're told, is angry at Angelina and fearful for their kids.
Emily Blunt, Josh Gad and other celebs react to BrangelinaAs news spread that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were divorcing after being together since 2004, celebrities reacted — or didn't — across social media and on the red carpet:
"It's their business, and it's not for anybody else to comment on." — Actress Emily Blunt to The Associated Press at the London premiere of "The Girl on the Train."
"Before we get too cavalier about it, let's remember that Brangelina was possibly the only thing still holding the USA together." — Actor Josh Gad on Twitter.
"It's very sad to hear." — Actor Luke Evans to the AP at the London premiere of "The Girl on the Train."
"Brad and Angelina. How am I supposed to go to work today?" — Model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen on Twitter.
"I feel bad for kids that aren't gonna get adopted by Brangelina now." — Reality TV personality Spencer Pratt on Twitter.
"Tower of Terror! Eggo! Skittles! Brad Pitt! I don't know why ANY of them are trending, but I'm running to my basement. It's over." — Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt on Twitter.
"It's sad about Brad and Angelina, but it's also none of our business!" — Pop star Boy George on Twitter.
"I'm clutching at my pearls in shock! Celebs ... getting ... divorced?! I thought I'd never see it." — "Jersey Shore" cast member Vinny Guadagnino on Twitter.
"Frankly, with all that's going on in the world, I just think it's a shame that's even talked about. They're just two people breaking up. There's bigger fish to fry right now." — Filmmaker Tate Taylor to the AP at the London premiere of "The Girl on the Train."
"Everyone is serious as a heart attack with this 'I might actually have a chance!!!!!' talk." — Musician Questlove on Twitter.
Divorce will unspool the complex life Jolie and Pitt createdFor more than a decade, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been a glamorous, globe-trotting Hollywood power couple, attracting cameras to their film projects and philanthropy alike.
With six children, homes in the U.S. and France, and the philanthropic Jolie-Pitt Foundation, the pair has much at stake. The pair became a couple in 2004 but married two years ago — which could further complicate the divorce that Jolie Pitt filed for Monday, and put the future of all they've shared in the hands of teams of lawyers and accountants.
Under California law, only assets acquired during their marriage must be split equally, said Los Angeles divorce attorney Peter Walzer. Forbes magazine estimates the pair earned a combined $555 million since their relationship began, with pre-tax earnings of $117.5 million since their 2014 marriage.
If Jolie Pitt and Pitt haven't already spelled out who owned what prior to their marriage, a divorce judge won't have authority to help them work it out. Jolie Pitt's filing did not indicate whether the couple has a prenuptial agreement.
"The rules are really unclear when you don't get married and you don't have a written partnership agreement," said Walzer, who is vice president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt's relationship grew out their roles in the action comedy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," and they reunited on the big screen for last year's marital melodrama "By the Sea."
The two don't have any joint upcoming projects. But both have a number of films coming out soon that will surely receive more attention in the wake of their breakup. Pitt stars in the World War II romantic thriller "Allied," which is out in November, and Jolie directed her fourth film, "First They Killed My Father," which is set to be released by Netflix next year.
Other Hollywood power couples have faced similar dilemmas. When Melanie Griffith filed for divorce from Antonio Banderas in 2014, the actors had a number of joint film ventures and had intermingled their political lives. Their divorce judgment, entered in December, divided their homes and shares of profits from numerous films, including several movies in the "Shrek" franchise.
For now, Jolie Pitt and Pitt's immediate concern, as evidenced by statements each of them issued Tuesday, appears to be their six children, who range in age from 8 to 15. Jolie Pitt is seeking sole physical custody, with Pitt having visitation.
Any custody agreement they reach in Los Angeles would continue to be enforceable overseas, and would spell out where the holidays will be celebrated and how Jolie Pitt and Pitt will make decisions about the children's medical care and education.
"You don't split the kids the way you do bank accounts," said Mike Kretzmer, a Los Angeles divorce lawyer who has handled numerous celebrity divorces and specializes in complex custody cases. He said Jolie Pitt and Pitt, along with their lawyers, are going to have to come up with a workable parenting plan.
"It doesn't matter whether you've got 10 cents or 10 billion dollars, this can be a really painful process for everyone involved," he said.
While wealth can simplify some things, their fame will cause complications. For one, their children may find stories about the divorce online and that can add confusion and stress, he said. Both Pitt and Jolie's attorney released statements seeking privacy, yet public interest in their breakup is immense. #Brangelina, with references to Pitt's ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, remained a trending topic on Twitter for much of Tuesday.
Custody likely will be one of the biggest stressors, Kretzmer said.
"The one thing that never changes — I don't care if you're a billionaire or before the poverty line — is the amount of time available," Kretzmer said.
In addition to their children, a major part of the actors' identities has been their philanthropy.
What becomes of their Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which the couple founded in 2006, will also be an issue.
The pair did not address what would happen to the foundation in their statements, and a phone message left at a number associated with the Jolie-Pitt Foundation was not returned Tuesday.
A tax document filed in November showed the foundation had about $4.5 million in assets in 2014. Jolie and Pitt contributed $613,000 to the foundation that year, and the foundation paid out a variety of grants, including for wildlife conservation in Namibia, arts programs in Sarajevo, and a variety of projects in Cambodia.
Walzer said deciding the foundation's fate would be similar to couples who own a business together, and a lot depends on how well Jolie Pitt and Pitt can work together now.
"I could see keeping the name because it's got a certain brand, trademark value," he said. "It would be great for their image to continue it. It would be great for donors."
What's at Stake in Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Divorce: Combined Fortunes Estimated at $500 MillionAngelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage citing irreconcilable differences on Monday – and as two of Hollywood's wealthiest stars, there's a lot at stake between the pair.
While estimates of their earnings vary, celebrity estate attorney Donald David approximates Pitt, 52, to be worth up to $350 million and Jolie, 41, up to $275 million, noting that Jolie in recent years, has had "a smaller industry footprint."
"The reason for the disparity is Pitt has a bigger inventory," David tells PEOPLE. "And a higher value and a higher residual interest." The disparity could be the result of Jolie's taking a step back from the big screen while Pitt took on roles in high-grossing films.
Pitt is a co-owner of production company Plan B, which produced lucrative hits like World War Z as well as Oscar contenders 12 Years a Slave and The Big Short. He's also starred in big-budget movies over three decades, including Fight Club, Ocean's Eleven and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Meanwhile in recent years, Jolie took on a few high-salaried blockbusters like Salt and Maleficent, and directed Unbroken, but mostly focused on her own, less commercial directorial projects like In the Land of Blood and Honey, By the Sea, and her upcoming Netflix movie about the Cambodian genocide, First They Killed My Father.
Family law and divorce attorney Marilyn Chinitz estimates that the actors have a combined worth of up to $500 million and, according to Forbes, the bulk of that sum is thanks to Pitt.
Forbes estimates that Pitt and Jolie have earned a combined $117.5 million since tying the knot in 2014 (and $555 million combined since 2004). Forbes reports Pitt brought in the sum of the cash, making $76.5 million during that time period – nearly double what Jolie brought in.
David notes that films Jolie has acted in, over the span of her career, have grossed a total of $2.1 billion and films she has produced and written total to about $359 million. But, he adds, "Pitt's films have grossed approximately more ... but he has also been in more films and his films stretch back much further, meaning that their likelihood of generating [more] income is likely to be less."
David says that between high-powered lawyers, accountants and experts both stars could shell out up to $1 million each on the proceedings.
The couple also share an impressive real estate empire including their French countryside villa Chateau Miraval, a $6.5 million New Orleans mansion, a sprawling Los Feliz home and an apartment in the Waldorf Astoria Towers, adjacent to the famed hotel, in New York City.
Legal experts say that while the public's eyes may be on the high-paid couple's money, and how it could affect divorce proceedings, Jolie and Pitt likely have an agreement in place, though it is unclear if they have a prenuptial agreement.
"I would be somewhat surprised if there wasn't some kind of prenuptial agreement. I would think that the financial aspects of the divorce are probably not going to be as difficult," Jacqueline Newman, a New-York based lawyer who deals with high-net-worth and high-profile clients, tells PEOPLE.
"They were only married in August of 2014 ... it was actually a very short marriage. My guess is that they are going to take the high road and settle this case out of the courts."
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt -- It's About Their Kids, NOT That ActressAngelina Jolie did NOT file for divorce because of rumors Brad Pitt was reportedly involved with Marion Cotillard ... it's ALL about Brad and their 6 kids ... sources with intimate knowledge of the situation tell TMZ.
There are reports swirling that Brad hooked up with Marion on the set of their movie, "Allied," and that's why Angelina filed for divorce. Untrue.
We now have even more sources telling us ... Angelina reached her breaking point last week over Brad's consumption of weed and alcohol, and combined with what she says are Brad's anger issues ... his interactions with the kids created a deal breaking problem for her.
We're told squarely ... no third person is involved.
TMZ broke the story ... Angelina filed for divorce Monday and is asking for sole physical custody of their kids. She wants him to only have visitation.
We're also told as far as anyone involved knows ... there's no plan for Brad to go to rehab, at least as of now.
Jon Voight ‘very sad’ over Brangelina splitJon Voight is voicing his concerns over his daughter Angelina Jolie’s failed marriage to Brad Pitt.
“It’s very sad,” Voight, 77, told Inside Edition Tuesday just after the divorce news broke. “Something very serious must have happened for Angie to make a decision like this.”
Voight says he’s still unsure of the reason behind Jolie’s divorce after two years of marriage and 12 years together. “I don’t know what it is,” Voight added. “It’s a sad thing. Say a little prayer.”
A source told The Post Tuesday that Jolie, 41, decided to pull the plug on her marriage after discovering Pitt, 52, cheated with his “Allied” co-star Marion Cotillard.
In the divorce filing, Jolie requests physical custody of their six kids — Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
“I am concerned for Angie and the children and hopefully I will be seeing them very soon,” Voight added.
Angelina dumped Brad after private eye uncovered Marion Cotillard affairAngelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after learning he was cheating on her with his sexy co-star, a well-placed source told The Post on Tuesday.
“She hired a private eye because she felt that he was fooling around with her on the set, and it turns out, he was. And that was the final straw,’’ the source said.
Pitt, 52, had been rumored to have been cozying up to his “Allied’’ co-star Marion Cotillard, 40, for months during the pair’s filming of the World War II drama in London.
The PI discovered that Pitt was cheating on his wife of two years with Cotillard — while also partying like a single guy on a mission, the source said.
“The atmosphere [off-set] was full of hard drugs and Russian hookers, and Angie was told Brad got caught up in it,’’ the source said.
“He’s in the throes of some insane midlife crisis, and Angie is fed up.”
But a source close to Cotillard denied the Pitt affair rumors and insisted she is still with her long-term partner, French actor and director Guillaume Canet.
“They are still very much together. They have been a couple since 2007 and have one child but have never married,’’ the source said of Cotillard and Canet.
The source could not confirm French reports that Cotillard is pregnant with her second child with Canet.
Jolie’s manager, Geyer Kosinski, said Tuesday, “Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest to protect her children.
“She appreciates everyone’s understanding of their need for privacy at this time,’’ he told E! News.
Pitt added in a statement to People magazine, “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids.
“I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
In addition to her husband’s alleged affair, Jolie, 41, was sick and tired of constantly sparring over their lifestyle, another source told The Post.
She has increasingly wanted to quit Hollywood in favor of devoting herself full-time to traveling the globe for her humanitarian work, while Pitt prefers Tinseltown and its parties, the source said.
Jolie spoke before the United Nations in Manhattan just this past Friday to ask them to help millions of Syrian refugees.
“The older she gets, the more serious she becomes, and she is sick of the Hollywood thing,’’ the second source said.
“He wants to make movies. She doesn’t. It’s a fundamental difference. It’s how you live your life.’’
Making matters worse, Pitt is closer to Jolie’s famous actor dad, Jon Voight, than she is, the source said.
“Jon’s a Hollywood guy, and she’s been estranged. Brad hangs out with her father more than she does,’’ the source said.
Another source told TMZ that Jolie believes that her hubby’s drinking and pot-smoking is affecting their kids.
Add to that his “anger problem,” and the mom of six said enough is enough, the source told the website.
Jolie filed for divorce Monday, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
She is seeking physical custody of the couple’s kids, TMZ said. She doesn’t want Pitt to have joint physical custody, just joint legal custody. He would get visitation, according to her filing.
Jolie is not seeking spousal support, the website said.
Brangelina’s French chateau, Miraval — where the couple married in August 2014 — has been quietly on the market for a few months, and locals were told they were selling it because they are breaking up, a source told The Post.
Jolie has hired top gun Laura Wasser as her lawyer.
The court documents list the couple’s date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016.
The couple have been together since 2004.
A rep for Cotillard did not immediately get back to The Post.
Pitt-Jolie divorce puts new spotlight on upcoming filmsThe 12-year relationship between Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt has been neatly bookended on the big screen.
They famously became acquainted while playing married assassins in Doug Liman's 2005 action comedy "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." And they didn't star together again until last year's "By the Sea," a marital melodrama set on the French Riviera directed by Jolie Pitt and starring the couple as unhappy spouses.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt, who filed for divorce Monday, don't have any joint upcoming projects. But both have a number of films coming soon that will surely receive a little more attention in the wake of their separation.
The most sizable and immediate project upcoming is the Robert Zemeckis World War II romantic thriller "Allied" (opening Nov. 23), starring Pitt and Marion Cotillard. The film, in which Pitt plays an intelligence officer in 1942 North Africa, is slotted for release smack in the middle of awards season.
'FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER'
Jolie Pitt has spent much of the last year making "First They Killed My Father," her fourth feature as director. The film, about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, is based on Loung Ung's memoir of living under the Cambodian regime in the 1970s. Jolie Pitt and Ung collaborated on the script and shot the film in Cambodia. Jolie's son Maddox, adopted from Cambodia, has also been involved in the production, which takes the perspective of war from a 5-year-old child. Netflix is expected to debut the film next year.
While Jolie Pitt has been largely focused on directing, Pitt has a string of movies lined up that he either produced or stars in. Pitt narrates Terrence Malick's IMAX documentary "Voyage of Time" (Oct. 7), a cinematic history of the life as viewed through the lens of the revered filmmaker.
Pitt's production company, Plan B, is also behind one of the fall's most acclaimed films, Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" (Oct. 21), a lyrical coming-of-age tale told in three chapters. Another Pitt-produced film, James Gray's "The Lost City of Z," will debut next month as the closing film of the New York Film Festival. Adapted from David Grann's book, it stars Charlie Hunnam as British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett.
Along with other numerous producing gigs, Pitt stars as Gen. Stanley McChrystal in David Michod's "War Machine," a war satire. With a release planned for next year, Netflix acquired the film for a hefty sum, positioning "War Machine" as one of its boldest forays into original movies yet.
Both have a pair of big-budget sequels on the distant horizon, as well. Pitt is also prepping a sequel to his 2013 apocalyptic thriller "World War Z," while Jolie Pitt is to return for the planned "Maleficent 2."
Moments in Brad and Angelina's Hollywood romanceIrreconcilable differences have brought an end to a Hollywood romance for the ages. Angelina Jolie Pitt filed for divorce from Brad Pitt on Monday after 12 years together. A collection of key moments in their relationship.
A HOLLYWOOD MEETING (2003)
Co-stars falling in love is about as cliched as it gets, but it happens, even when one party is married. The scene for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie was "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," a sexy action comedy about an unhappy couple who rekindle that spark only after trying to kill one another. Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston. Jolie was fresh off a divorce from Billy Bob Thornton (and had previously been married to Jonny Lee Miller). "I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened," Jolie told Vogue in 2006. "We just became kind of a pair."
RUMORS AND TABLOIDS AND DIVORCE (2004-2005)
"Mr. and Mrs. Smith" wrapped in 2004 and it wasn't until January 2005 that Pitt and Aniston announced their separation. During this time, Jolie said, "We spent a lot of time contemplating and thinking and talking about what we both wanted in life and realized that we wanted very, very similar things." Jolie said it was when her son Maddox called Pitt "dad" that was the most defining moment. They decided not to marry until gay couples were afforded the same right.
ADOPTING TOGETHER (2005)
Jolie had adopted Maddox from Cambodia in 2002 and later said that she made the decision to adopt Zahara Marley, an Ethiopian baby orphaned by AIDS, in 2005, with Pitt. "Somebody told me if you are going to adopt an orphan, you should adopt them from a country you love because that's the only history you are going to be able to share with them — that's their past," Jolie told People in 2003.
A BIRTH IN NAMIBIA (2006)
On May, 27, 2006, Jolie gave birth to their first biological child, a 7-pound daughter they named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, at the Cottage Medi-Clinic in Namibia.
MAKING IT RIGHT IN NEW ORLEANS (2007)
Pitt, who bought a home in New Orleans about a year after Hurricane Katrina struck and while filming "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," launched the Make it Right building project to help reconstruct the city's most devastated area.
A MOTHER'S DEATH (2007)
Jolie's mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, who raised Jolie and her older brother James Haven, died in January of 2007 at age 56 after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. Pitt, Haven and Jolie were at the Los Angeles hospital when she passed.
Jolie and Pitt adopted Pax Thien, a 3-year-old orphan from Vietnam, in 2007.
IT'S A BOY! — AND A GIRL! (2008)
This time in a seaside hospital on the French Riviera, Jolie gave birth on July 12, 2008, to twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. Their first photos were sold jointly to People and Hello! magazines, reportedly for $14 million. Proceeds would go to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
AN ENGAGEMENT (2012)
After some seven years together, Pitt and Jolie made the decision to get engaged. "It actually means more to me than I thought it would. It means a lot to our kids," Pitt told The Associated Press in November 2012.
JOLIE'S DOUBLE MASTECTOMY (2013)
At age 37, Jolie had a preventive double mastectomy in February of 2013 after learning that she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. She made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for The New York Times. "I do not feel any less of a woman," Jolie wrote. "I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."
A QUIET CHATEAU WEDDING (2014)
In August 2014, Jolie and Pitt exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval, their Southern France home in the Provence hamlet of Correns. Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons, the then 13-year-old Maddox and 10-year-old Pax. Daughters Zahara, 9, and Vivienne, 6, threw flower petals. Eight-year-old Shiloh and Knox, 6, served as ring bearers.
FROM JOLIE TO JOLIE PITT (2015)
In early 2015, Jolie started going by Angelina Jolie Pitt.
ROCKY TIMES BY THE SEA (2015)
Ironic now, but Jolie wrote and directed "By the Sea" about the dissolution of a beautiful couple, falling apart over grief. It was the first time she and Pitt starred opposite one another since that fateful meeting on that other film about a rocky relationship, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."
At the film's premiere in November 2015, Jolie Pitt said: "You're going to have a long life ahead of you and you've got to shake it up and, sometimes, it's really wonderful to test yourselves, to push each other."
LAST PUBLIC SIGHTING (2016)
The pair was last photographed by paparazzi in July in Los Angeles — celebrating Knox and Vivienne's 8th birthday at The Griddle Cafe in Hollywood and venturing out to Jamba Juice with Shiloh.
A SEPARATION (2016)
On Sept. 20, 2016, Robert Offer, an attorney for Jolie Pitt said that she was filing for divorce from Pitt. Offer said the decision to divorce was made "for the health of the family."
Brad Pitt Fled to France Amid Fighting with Angelina Jolie This Year, Source SaysAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's fighting led the actor to escape to France several times throughout 2016, a source tells PEOPLE.
The couple are divorcing after just two years of marriage and over a decade together, multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE on Tuesday.
In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jolie states that the couple have been separated since Sept. 15.
"The divorce is a complete shock," the insider says. "They have definitely spent more time apart this year, but it's still a shock."
While Pitt, 52, and Jolie, 41, were together to celebrate their second wedding anniversary in August, the source says that the actor often fled to Europe after the pair had disagreements.
Often, the arguments were over "disciplining" their six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox – the source says.
"Brad has always been stricter," the source explains. "He has wanted the kids to have more structure. Brad will get frustrated sometimes and yell at the kids. Angelina always had a more relaxed attitude when it came to the kids. She definitely never yells."
Further, the large brood could lend itself to chaos, according to the source. Thus, Pitt was focused on "having rules."
Pitt and Jolie were engaged in 2012, nearly seven years after starring together in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and were married in 2014 at the family's French estate.
"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," Pitt said in a statement to PEOPLE. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
Jolie, through her lawyer, also released a statement addressing the divorce: "This decision was made for the health of the family," the actress' attorney said. "She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time."
Brad Pitt Breaks Silence on Divorce from Angelina Jolie: 'What Matters Most Now Is the Well-Being of Our Kids'Brad Pitt has spoken out about his divorce from Angelina Jolie.
In a statement released to PEOPLE, Pitt said his focus is on the "well-being of our kids."
"I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids," he said in the statement. "I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time."
Jolie filed for divorce from the actor, 52, on Monday after just two years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
Jolie also released a statement addressing the divorce: "This decision was made for the health of the family," the actress' attorney said. "She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time."
According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jolie has asked for physical custody of the couple's shared six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox – and is requesting that Pitt be granted visitation rights.
"Both Brad and Angelina care very much about their kids and there is sadness on both sides," a source close to the situation tells PEOPLE.
Another source close to the couple told PEOPLE: "The divorce is a complete shock. They have definitely spent more time apart this year, but it's still a shock. They just celebrated their wedding anniversary together."
The documents state that the couple have been separated since Sept. 15.
Inside Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Final Months TogetherAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hadn't been photographed together for more than two months leading up to their split.
Multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE that Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from Pitt. According to TMZ, legal docs filed Monday cite irreconcilable differences, and Jolie is asking for physical custody of the couple's shared six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox – with Pitt being granted visitation rights.
They were last seen together in public making a stop inside a Jamba Juice store in Los Angeles with their daughter Shiloh in July.
Leading up to their second wedding anniversary in August, the couple had spent a large part of the past couple months apart due to their hectic work schedules.
With Pitt, 52, having wrapped his upcoming movies Allied and War Machine, which both shot overseas, and Jolie finished filming First They Killed My Father, the two were busy with post- (and pre-) production on their many projects.
Jolie has also kept up with her humanitarian efforts over the year as a special envoy for the United Nations' refugee agency.
In the past year, the actress has spoken out in front of a House of Lords committee in London and led an honorary committee for this year's Cambodian International Film Festival. Most recently, she advocated for victims of sexual assault in war zones.
Over the holidays, the then-couple were spotted taking a romantic getaway together to Vietnam. They spent three days traveling the country and enjoying various local activities, including a boat ride around the bay.
"They looked happy," an observer told PEOPLE at the time. "[They were] holding hands, laughing."
And prior to jetting off together, the pair had been living in Cambodia with their six children while Jolie finished filmed First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia, a film based on the memoir by author and human rights activist Loung Ung about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s.
Angelina Jolie -- Files for Divorce from Brad Pitt ... Allegations of Substance Abuse, AngerAngelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and the trigger was a conflict over the kids, substance abuse and anger ... TMZ has learned.
Jolie filed legal docs Monday citing irreconcilable differences.
She's asking for physical custody of the couple's 6 children. She is asking the judge to give Pitt visitation. It's significant ... she does not want Brad to have joint physical custody ... only joint legal custody.
Sources connected with the couple tell us ... Angelina's decision to file has to do with the way Brad was parenting the children ... she was extremely upset with his methods.
Our sources say, Angelina became "fed up" with Brad's consumption of weed and possibly alcohol, and mixed with what she believes is "an anger problem" ... felt it became dangerous for the children.
Indeed, Angelina's entertainment attorney Robert Offer says she made the decision "for the health of the family."
We're told there was no alleged "third person" ... her decision to file was solely over Brad's interaction with their children.
Jolie, who's being repped by disso queen Laura Wasser, is not asking for spousal support.
Jolie lists the date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016.
They married in August 2014. They've been together since 2004.
The last time we saw them together was in July when they took the twins, Knox and Vivienne, out for a birthday breakfast in West Hollywood.
Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce From Brad PittAngelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after just two years, multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE.
Jolie Pitt, 41, filed legal docs Monday citing irreconcilable differences, according to TMZ. She asked for physical custody of the couple's shared six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox – asking for Pitt to be granted visitation, the outlet said, citing legal documents.
The couple was last spotted together in mid July, just ahead of their second wedding anniversary.
Just last month, sources told PEOPLE that the couple were "as happy as ever."
"They really are great," the source said. "They're really busy, but happy. The kids are getting so big! It's hard to believe."
Pitt and Jolie Pitt first met on the 2003 set of their 2005 thriller Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and began publicly dating a few years later – after the actor's split from then-wife Jennifer Aniston.
"Because of the film, we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened," Jolie Pitt told Vogue in 2006. "I think a few months in I realized, 'God, I can't wait to get to work.' ... Anything we had to do with each other, we just found a lot of joy in it together and a lot of real teamwork. We just became kind of a pair."
In May 2006, the couple welcomed their first child together, daughter Shiloh, now 10. She joined Jolie Pitt's adopted brood of Maddox, now 15, and Zahara, now 11.
In 2007, the couple adopted son Pax, now 12, from a Vietnamese orphanage.
The next year, twins Knox and Vivienne were born. Of their new family of eight, Jolie Pitt told PEOPLE at the time, "It is chaos, but we are managing it and having a wonderful time."
After nearly seven years together, Pitt proposed in 2012, but it would be two years before the pair married at the family's French estate.
Angelina Jolie Delivers Emotional Speech at Jordan Refugee Camps, Imagines Her Own Children in the Situation(Video) Angelina Jolie can't help but get emotional while discussing the conflict in Syria and the thousands of displaced children who have moved into refugee camps in Jordan.
The actress made her fourth visit to the camps since the conflict began five years ago, and she couldn't help but imagine what it would be like for her own children to experience such tragedy.
"There are children here who remember no life other than this harsh, desert environment and barbed wire fences," she said, talking to reporters as a special envoy for the UN's refugee agency on Friday. "There are teens here who bear terrible physical and mental wounds of the conflict—over half of all refugees in Jordan are under 18. My own children are of that age."
Jolie has six children of her own with Brad Pitt: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
She kept them in mind while adding, "Like any other parent, it is impossible for me not to imagine what it would be like for my own children in this situation, and it breaks my heart."
The actress' goal is to raise awareness surrounding the refugee camps ahead of the UN General Assembly later this week. She wants the conversation to center on "the fundamental root causes of the Syria conflict and what it will take to end it."
Jolie explained, "After five years, refugees do not want to know by what percentage their lives might be made fractionally more bearable, but when they will be able to go home. They do not want to be the passive recipients of aid, they want a political solution."
She continued, "I wish families in Jordan, and across this region, Eid Mubarak. And to those for whom it is not a time of joy and celebration, but of exile, grief and hardship—my thoughts are with you."
Meanwhile, Jolie most recently returned to Bekaa Valley in Lebanon in March, which marked the fifth anniversary of the conflict in Syria. At the time, she pleaded with world leaders and governments to continue to take leadership in helping the millions displaced.
"In my view it comes down to understanding the law, choosing not to be afraid, and showing political will," she said at the time. "For the sake of the people of Syria, and for all the refugees around the world looking desperately to the international community to provide solutions, I hope we will do this."
She concluded, "And I also hope that the 15th of March next year will finally herald a Syria at peace, and will be the beginning of a time of returns so that these refugees are able to fulfill their desire to go home."
Angelina Jolie Pitt Calls for Inclusion of Women in Peacekeeping During Surprise Speech at U.N. SummitAngelina Jolie Pitt has called for a "new way of conducting peacekeeping" focused on the inclusion of women during a surprise visit to a United Nations summit in London.
In her speech, the actress and UNHCR Special Envoy encouraged countries to sign an agreement pledging to increase the involvement of women throughout the peacekeeping process.
"Peacekeeping forces can only gain and keep the trust of the local populations if they are able to engage with women, as well as men, in that community," Jolie said. "When I met senior commanders a short while ago to discuss the challenges of the security tasks they faced, they were clear that women peacekeepers and police officers are essential to local consent and operational effectiveness."
She continued, "There is a dividing line between nations that are prepared to commit to this moment, to understand all that is necessary and all that we are capable of achieving together and those who are not."
The agreement put forward on Thursday saw countries pledge to double the number of women involved in U.N. peacekeeping operations within four years, integrate the needs of women in all stages of the planning process, equip missions so they can respond to violence and mass atrocities, and eliminate all forms of abuse and exploitation by members of peacekeeping missions, Jolie said.
The 41-year-old actress and director kept her look low-key and understated during her speech, sporting an all-black ensemble with nude pumps and wearing her hair slicked back.
Jolie has been involved in the U.N. since 2001.
The special envoy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees has previously spoken out about the Syrian refugee crisis.
Angelina Jolie Pitt Will Not Be Teaching At Georgetown UniversitySorry, Georgetown University students – you will not be reporting to Professor Angelina Jolie Pitt this fall.
Despite reports that the 41-year-old star will be a visiting professor at the famed Washington D.C. private college the university denied the claim to PEOPLE.
"We enjoy a partnership with the London School of Economics as part of that work, where Angelina Jolie and William Hague are scheduled to teach a class in the fall," Rachel Pugh, a representative for the university told PEOPLE. "There are no current plans for Ms. Jolie to teach at Georgetown."
It was announced in May that Jolie Pitt will be joining the London School of Economics as a visiting professor for the new master's degree course on women, peace and security for the 2016-2017 school year. She will teach alongside British politician William Hague.
"I am very encouraged by the creation of this master's programme. I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as it is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women's rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict," Jolie Pitt previously said in a statement. "I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations."
Pugh says both Jolie and Hague are welcome to come teach stateside as well.
"Angelina Jolie and William Hague have an open invitation to share their experiences and perspectives at Georgetown anytime they're able."
Angelina Jolie Says Her 6 Kids Are Learning Different Languages, Talks Bonding With Maddox Over FilmAngelina Jolie has always her own United Nations at home and now it's going to become multilingual.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour show Friday, during which she served as a guest editor, the 41-year-old Oscar winner and a UN Goodwill Ambassador says her and Brad Pitt's six children have been studying languages other than English. The two are parents to Maddox, 14, adopted from Cambodia, Pax, 12, adopted from Vietnam, Zahara, 11, adopted from Ethiopia, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 7.
"I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and [daughter Shiloh]'s learning Khmer, which is the Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad has taken to German and Russian, [Zahara]'s speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic and Knox is learning sign language," Jolie said.
She said none of the kids want to become actors, adding, "They actually are very interested in being musicians."
The program aired ahead of World Refugee Day, which takes place on June 20. She said on BBC Radio 4 her family celebrates World Refugee Day at home and that her kids have met both child refugees and parents of refugees.
"I never want them to meet these people and look at them with, with pity or feel that it's a responsibility or feel that they are glad they survived it," Jolie said. "I want them to meet people around the world and have so much admiration and respect for people suffering different realities and surviving them with such grace and dignity."
"And so, I don't need to tell my children that," she added. "I just introduce my children to these people and these people are so extraordinary and these families are so wonderful and they've taught me so much and so, my children, I just bring them into this environment and they've asked to be in the environment."
Jolie has long advocated for help for the some 60 million displaced refugees around the world as well as other impoverished people around the world, many of whom lack basic necessities crucial for survival.
Jolie also recalled how she gave birth to Shiloh in Namibia, where poverty rates are high, and delivered her via C-section because she was in the breech position. She said she, unlike many of the locals, was able to know this because she was able to get ultrasounds.
"I found even the local hospital with many, many women—and this was a good hospital—did not have an ultrasound machine," Jolie said.
Jolie also talked about her new directing and screenwriting project, the film First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, based on a book by Loung Ung.
"It was Mad who came up to me and said he thought that it was time to do that film and he was ready to learn the history of his country," the actress said about her eldest son, who was adopted in 2002 as a baby from an orphanage in Battambang.
He accompanied the actress on set and the two bonded during the course of making the movie.
"It's been a really special, special experience," she said. "Any mother with a teenager knows it's nice to find something to come together on in the teenage years."
Angelina Jolie In Talks To Board Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’Angelina Jolie is in talks to board Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit Murder on the Orient Express. The actress would join what likely will be an all-star cast as Branagh assembles members from his repertory, both theatrical and big-screen.
Christie’s tale features Hercule Poirot, the erstwhile Belgian detective of curly mustache and inquisitive demeanor. Branagh will embody Poirot, who is called into action after an American tycoon is found murdered, stabbed multiple times, in his locked compartment from the inside aboard the luxurious Orient Express. Isolated and with a killer in their midst on a packed train that is stranded during a terrible snowstorm, Poirot must identify the murderer before he or she strikes again.
Murder on the Orient Express has been adapted for film and TV numerous times before, including a 1974 Sidney Lumet-directed version with Albert Finney in the main role and a cast that included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Sean Connery. Famous for its labyrinthine plot and unconventional solution, the story first published in 1934. Branagh also will produce along with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon.
Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity. It will be executive produced by James Prichard and Hilary Strong; Strong brokered the deal for Agatha Christie Ltd. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) will pen the script, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.
The picture marks an easygoing change of pace for Jolie following her recent focus on filmmaking. Last year, she directed and starred in the intimate drama By the Sea opposite husband Brad Pitt. She is in post on First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers for Netflix. The film follows Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounting the horrors she suffered under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.
Jolie is repped by UTA and Media Talent Group.
Angelina Jolie to teach at London School of EconomicsOscar-winning actress and activist Angelina Jolie has been appointed a visiting professor at one of Britain's most prestigious universities.
The London School of Economics announced Monday that Jolie will be working with students studying for a master's degree in Women, Peace and Security.
Among others appointed to teach the course is former British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
"I hope other academic institutions will follow this example, as it is vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women's rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict," Jolie said in a statement.
"I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations."
Angelina Jolie Pitt Slams Donald Trump's Anti-Muslim Comments and Urges World Leaders to Address Refugee CrisisAngelina Jolie Pitt is calling for the world to band together to solve the global refugee crisis – while slamming Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Jolie Pitt spoke in London on Monday as part of BBC's World on the Move day, continuing her humanitarian efforts to help the growing number of refugees. And the 40-year-old actress shook her head in disapproval when asked for her thoughts on the presidential hopeful's past comments about Muslims.
"To me, America is built on people from around the world coming together for freedoms, especially freedom of religion," she said, according to CNN. "So it's hard to hear this is coming from someone who is pressing to be an American president."
Last year, Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" as thousands of Syrian refugees fled their war-torn homeland – with President Barack Obama vowing to welcome thousands into the U.S.
Jolie Pitt spoke in front of a crowd at the BBC event, a special focusing on migration, and urged world leaders to work together to respond to the growing number of refugees.
The actress, a Special Envoy for the U.N. Refugee Agency, declared that isolation is not the answer to solving the growing global refugee crisis.
"If your neighbor's house is on fire, you are not safe if you lock your doors," she said. "Strength lies in being unafraid."
She urged world leaders to welcome refugees and described a present "fear of uncontrolled migration."
However, she said, such a fear would pose a "risk of a race to the bottom, with countries competing to be the toughest, in the hope of protecting themselves whatever the cost or challenge to their neighbors, and despite their international responsibilities."
The Oscar winning actress-filmmaker said that the "average time a person will be displaced is now nearly 20 years," adding that the U.N.'s efforts are severely underfunded.
Still, the mom of six urged for greater efforts from world leaders and warned against policies that would prohibit refugees from legally securing permanent homes, noting that they would only lead to more issues.
"It would amount to the worst of both worlds: failing to tackle the issue and undermining international law and our values in the process," she said.
Jolie Pitt often uses her platform to both speak out about the global refugee crisis and personally lend a hand to those displaced. In March, she visited Greece and Lebanon to aide the thousands of Syrian refugees who have lost their homes.
She previously told PEOPLE that the cause is one close to her heart, and she especially holds refugee families in "high regard."
"So many refugees are children," Jolie Pitt said. "I've often heard them say that the most painful thing is not that they have lost their homes – it is that they have lost their friends."
All About Angelina Jolie Pitt's New PartnershipIf directing, acting, being married to Brad Pitt – and oh yeah, raising six kids – isn't enough, Angelina Jolie Pitt's schedule is getting even busier.
The longtime Special Envoy for the UN Refugee Agency has been expanding her humanitarian work thanks to a partnership with two British foreign policy experts, Chloe Dalton and Arminka Helic, who she first collaborated with four years ago while working on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, to end war zone rape.
Since then, the trio have set up a partnership – called Jolie Pitt Dalton Helic – to work on issues ranging from women's rights to refugee issues, health, education, international justice, and violence against women. "We have been officially working together for a year and are very much looking forward to continuing our joint efforts on our shared international interests," Jolie Pitt tells PEOPLE.
Bosnian-born Helic, who was a Special Adviser to former U.K. Foreign Minister William Hague, was made nominated to the House of Lords and named a Baroness in 2014. Dalton was most recently Special Adviser to the U.K. Foreign Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Last month the three women visited the International Criminal Court in the Hague, where Helic is a member of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims.
In March, Jolie Pitt returned to Lebanon, where she reunited with teenage Syrian refugee Hala, who befriended her daughter Shiloh during a 2015 trip to the refugee camp in the Bekka Valley.
Prior to that, Jolie Pitt, Helic and Dalton traveled to Burma ahead of he country's national elections, where Jolie Pitt joined leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the campaign trail and talked to members of the Burmese Army about sexual violence in conflict areas.
Next up is a visit to the BBC in London on May 16 as part of a day of events to find solutions to the global refugee crisis, where Jolie Pitt will deliver the keynote speech.
Angelina Jolie Pitt on the Syrian Refugee Crisis: 'We Need to Get On Top of This Chaotic Situation'Angelina Jolie Pitt is continuing her humanitarian efforts abroad and addressing the growing global refugee crisis.
The star recently visited Lebanon and Greece on behalf of the United Nations, meeting with both countries' respective prime ministers to discuss how the influx of refugees is affecting their nations.
"The crisis we see today is the result of open-ended conflicts around the world. From Afghanistan to Darfur and Somalia, these are wars that continue every day, long after they have fallen from the headlines," Jolie Pitt says in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE.
"Now, with 60 million refugees worldwide, people are running out of safe places to which to run. That is why we are seeing the movement of refugees desperate to get into Europe or any other place of safety. We need to get on top of this chaotic situation, working to end the conflicts that are creating refugees and ensuring that countries like Greece and Turkey have the means to identify and assist people with a genuine claim for asylum and take the necessary steps urgently to improve their asylum systems," she says.
While visiting Lebanon, Jolie Pitt marked the 5th anniversary of the Syrian conflict and visited a 13-year-old girl named Hala, with whom she's developed a personal relationship.
Hala and Jolie Pitt first met in 2014, when Hala and her siblings were newly arrived refugees from Syria. The actress and director continues to stay in close contact with the family (pictured above), and even brought her daughter Shiloh to meet with them last summer.
"So many refugees are children," Jolie Pitt previously told PEOPLE. "I've often heard them say that the most painful thing is not that they have lost their homes – it is that they have lost their friends."
In Greece, she met with officials to assess the humanitarian situation and to explore the role the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) could play in support of the Greek government and the European Union. While Lebanon has received an influx of mostly displaced Syrians, Greece has seen a mix of refugees from both Syria and Afghanistan, as well as migrants from other countries.
In a call for leaders around the world to take action last week, Jolie Pitt called the response to the ongoing crisis "tragic and shameful."
Angelina Jolie Pitt Comforts Emotional Syrian Refugee Children During U.N. Trip to Greece(Pic) Angelina Jolie Pitt is lending a helping hand and a hug while in Greece on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Continuing her humanitarian efforts to aide the thousands of Syrian refugees displaced in Greece, the special envoy greeted people, even comforting a crying boy with a warm embrace.
Jolie Pitt, 40, arrived in the port of Piraeus on Wednesday after speaking out about the growing refugee crisis a day earlier in Lebanon. Greece has been particularly impacted by the Syrian Civil War and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, with 1,000,357 refugees entering Europe through Greece since Jan. 1, 2015, according to the UNHCR.
"I am here to reinforce efforts by UNHCR and the Greek government to step up the emergency response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation," Jolie Pitt said in a press release Wednesday. "I look forward to meeting authorities, partners and volunteers working on the ground to improve conditions and ensure the vulnerable are protected."
The actress and director has developed personal relationships with some of the refugees she's met since 2014, including 13-year-old Hala, who lost both her parents and lives in Lebanon with her sisters and brothers.
Jolie Pitt joined Hala's family for dinner earlier in the week, and learned of the group's hope to eventually return to a war-free Syria.
"So many refugees are children," Jolie Pitt previously told PEOPLE. "I've often heard them say that the most painful thing is not that they have lost their homes – it is that they have lost their friends."
Charging for leadership to take action, Jolie Pitt said on Tuesday that response to the ongoing crisis has been "tragic and shameful."
Angelina Jolie Pitt Warmly Greets Syrian Refugees in Greece After Lebanon Speech to 'Reinforce' Humanitarian Efforts(Pic) On the heels of her impassioned and poignant speech in Lebanon on Tuesday, Angelina Jolie Pitt has touched down in Greece's port of Piraeus to further continue refugee aide efforts by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Jolie Pitt, 40, greeted Syrian refugee families outside of the UNHCR office Wednesday, and during her trip will proritize expanding the current protection and assistance to those displaced in Greece, according to a press release from the UNHCR.
"I am here to reinforce efforts by UNHCR and the Greek government to step up the emergency response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation," Jolie Pitt, a UNHCR special envoy, said in the release. "I look forward to meeting authorities, partners and volunteers working on the ground to improve conditions and ensure the vulnerable are protected."
In photos and video of her arrival, Jolie Pitt can be seen in the center of a large crowd before stopping to speak to some children.
Since January 2015, almost 85 percent of all refugees and those seeking asylum landed first in Greece before entering other areas of Europe. In the last few weeks alone, over 40,000 people have come to Greece, per the UNHCR.
During her visit, Jolie Pitt will specifically focus on challenges facing Greece's emergency response systems, and work on stabilizing support systems for vulnerable refugees, including unaccompanied children and single mothers.
During her Bekaa Valley visit in Lebanon earlier in the week, the actor and director also reunited with a 13-year-old Syrian refugee she befriended during previous visits, enjoying dinner and learning of the family's journey.
In her speech on Tuesday – the fifth anniversary of the Syrian Civil War – Jolie Pitt called on governments worldwide to do more for refugees as the Syrian crisis drags on.
"There are 4.8 million Syrian refugees in this region, and 6.5 million people displaced inside Syria. On this day, the 5th anniversary of the Syria conflict, that is where I had hoped I would be: in Syria, helping UNHCR with returns, and watching families I have come to know be able to go home," she said during her speech. "It is tragic and shameful that we seem to be so far from that point."
See Angelina Jolie Pitt's Heartfelt Reunion with Teen Syrian Refugee Hala and Her Family(Pic) While visiting refugees in Lebanon as special envoy for the UNHRC, Angelina Jolie Pitt reunited with Hala, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee she befriended during previous visits.
In these exclusive photos, Jolie Pitt has an affectionate reunion with Hala's family, whom she previously saw in last summer. Many hugs were shared, a source tells PEOPLE.
Hala, who lost her parents, lives in Lebanon with her sisters and brothers: Rauhaf, Morhauf, Ahmed, Nemer and his wife, Fatima, and their baby daughter Hamida, whom she helps raise.
The actress and director sat on the floor and had dinner with the family and colored with the children. As they talked, Hala's family shared their dreams of returning to Syria. Nemer, father of Hamida, hopes to return with a vocational skill, while Hala yearns to visit her mother's grave with flowers.
Jolie Pitt, 40, met Hala for the first time in 2014 when her family had just arrived in Lebanon as refugees. A year later, the mother of six returned with daughter Shiloh, now 9, who immediately bonded with Hala.
"[Shiloh] had heard about Hala since my last visit to Lebanon, and has been wanting to meet her and her brothers and sisters," Jolie Pitt told PEOPLE last June. "It was wonderful that they were able to meet, play together, and make friends. So many refugees are children. I've often heard them say that the most painful thing is not that they have lost their homes – it is that they have lost their friends."
Unfortunately, Shiloh couldn't accompany her mother to Lebanon this time around, so she sent some toys and drawing supplies for Hala so she can pursue their shared passion, the source tells PEOPLE.
During this latest trip to Lebanon, Jolie Pitt delivered a passionate speech about the ongoing refugee crisis, imploring the leaders of the world to increase their support of the refugees on the fifth anniversary of the Syrian Civil War.
"I appeal to all governments to uphold the U.N. Convention on Refugees and basic human rights law, because it is both necessary and possible to protect people fleeing persecution and death and protect citizens at home," she said. "It should not be reduced to a choice between one or the other."
She concluded her speech with a message of hope: "And I also hope that the 15th of March next year will finally herald a Syria at peace, and will be the beginning of a time of returns so that these refugees are able to fulfill their desire to go home."
Angelina Jolie, in Lebanon, says world has failed refugeesAngelina Jolie, the Hollywood actress and special envoy for the U.N.’s refugee agency, said Tuesday that the international community must address the root causes of the global refugee crisis.
“We cannot manage the world through aid relief in the place of diplomacy and political solutions,” she said under the pouring rain at a press conference in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have sought refuge in the Bekaa. Lebanon hosts well over a million Syrian refugees, who now account for nearly a fifth of its population.
Jolie said she had hoped to be in Syria helping victims return to their homes on the fifth anniversary of the uprising against President Bashar Assad. She said it’s “tragic and shameful that we seem to be so far from that point.”
There are now more people displaced through conflict around the globe than during World War II, according to the U.N.
The war in Syria between Assad’s government, rebels and foreign jihadis has drawn in world powers and generated what the U.N. says is the largest humanitarian catastrophe in a generation.
Half of Syria’s prewar population of some 23 million has been displaced, with around 5 million having fled their homeland, mainly to neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
The international relief organization OXFAM warned Tuesday that Lebanese municipalities are running out of space to bury deceased refugees.
“We should never forget that for all the focus on the refugee situation in Europe at this time, the greatest pressure is still being felt in the Middle East and North Africa, as it has for each of the last five years,” Jolie said.
After a tidal wave of refugees poured into Europe last year, some countries began erecting political and physical barriers to migration, which have left tens of thousands of refugees stuck in squalid conditions in the Balkans this spring.
Jolie called on such countries to adhere to their international obligations to aid refugees.
“The reason we have laws and binding international agreements is precisely because of the temptation to deviate from them in times of pressure,” she said.