Brad Pitt Is Reportedly Fighting For Joint Custody Of His Children With Angelina Jolie
In the wake of Brangelina's divorce announcement and the serious allegations of child abuse against Brad Pitt, news about the couple just keeps coming in. The latest: Brad Pitt is reportedly fighting for joint custody of his children, according to TMZ. It was previously reported that Angelina Jolie was seeking sole physical custody of the couple's six kids, with visitation rights for Pitt. Bustle has reached out to reps for Pitt and Jolie in reference to these reports, but has not yet received a response.
Though The Independent reported Pitt's intentions to seek joint custody several days ago, this confirmation is notable because it comes after the allegations against Pitt were made public. The FBI told Bustle in a statement,
"In response to your inquiry regarding allegations within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; specifically, an aircraft carrying Mr. Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued."
Last week, the Jolie-Pitts reportedly flew from France to the U.S. when Pitt allegedly got into an altercation with the couple's son Maddox, 15, while in the air. TMZ claims: "Brad and Angelina began arguing and Maddox jumped up to verbally defend his mom. We're told Brad then lunged at the boy and Angelina jumped in between them to block her husband. Brad connected in some fashion with his son."
But sources who have spoken to other publications have different stories. A source claimed to People that the actor allegedly "put his hands on" Maddox during the argument, but "did not hit his child" and "no one was physically harmed." The insider claims that Pitt cares "so much about the kids and he cares about them having structure and routine, but that is because he is wonderful dad. I have never heard him or seen him being pushy or hurting them, or being too tough with them, at all." Another source denied any allegations of abuse by Pitt, claimed to TMZ that the actor "takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children."
Pitt's sobriety on the flight (and during the alleged incident) has also been called into question. According to TMZ's sources, there are conflicting opinions as to whether or not Pitt was drunk during the time of the alleged incident, with some insiders claiming that he was drunk during the alleged altercation, and others claiming that he was drunk afterwards.
Jolie's rep told E! News after the news of their divorce came out, "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."
Pitt shared the following statement with People after the divorce news: "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."