Brad Pitt Reportedly ‘Shattered’ by Angelina Jolie’s Sudden Divorce Filing
A source told Us Weekly the actor is “completely devastated and beside himself. He is a shattered man,” after Jolie filed divorce documents on Monday (Sept. 19, 2016).
The insider added, “Angelina filed the court papers a minute before the courts closed on Monday night. He didn’t have a lawyer or anything. She had threatened divorce in the past but he did not think she would file this time.”
“He’s extremely upset,” another source told Us. “But he is totally focused on just being helpful and making sure his kids are doing as well as possible.”
In the divorce filing, Jolie is requesting sole physical custody of their six kids, Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8, with Pitt to receive joint legal custody. She is not asking for spousal support.
Pitt is also being investigated for alleged child abuse by the FBI and the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services following a heated argument on the Jolie-Pitt’s private plane, in which reports say their son, Maddox, 15, try to come between his mother and father. The incident was caught on video and shows a reportedly drunken Pitt “yelling” but shows no physical violence towards Jolie or any of their children.
A source told People that the actor did not strike his son. “He is emphatic that it did not reach the level of physical abuse, that no one was physically harmed,” the source stated. “He did not hit his child in the face in any way. He did not do that; he is emphatic about that. He put his hands on him, yes, because the confrontation was spiraling out of control.”
E! reports that despite Pitt’s devastation over the breakup, he and Jolie are privately working on the divorce settlement. “There is a commitment from both sides to look out for and protect the children,” a source said. “They are both determined to protect the kids and find the best way to resolve this situation.”
Let’s hope they can work things out.