As previously reported, the actor recently had his first meeting with his brood since Jolie filed for divorce — though not all six children showed up to the meeting. Now, it’s been revealed that the eldest of the bunch, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, was the one who snubbed his dad and ditched the session.
“He chose not to go and stayed with Angie,” a Jolie confidante told Us Weekly, explaining that the first reunion “wasn’t full of joy and happiness” as Pitt had hoped.
Adopted by Jolie in 2002, two years before she started dating Pitt, Maddox is said to be siding with his mother amid the divorce. A Jolie insider says the teen, whose fight with Pitt aboard of a private jet is now being investigation by the FBI over child abuse claims, bailed out on the meeting to tell Pitt that he’s chosen a side, explaining, “Maddox never wants to see Brad again.”
“Maddox is very close with Angie,” a source says.
Another insider adds, “He doesn’t really see himself as Brad’s son.”
By California law, the 15-year-old, who was legally adopted by Pitt in 2006, has the right to decide which parent he chooses to live with in a custody case. Currently, per his parent’s temporary custody agreement, he is staying with Jolie at a rental home in Malibu, Calif.
A source close to the situation also insists that Jolie “is not trying to poison the kids against Brad.”
“She wants them to have a relationship with him once their health and safety is assured,” the insider says.
According to the divorce papers filed by the Maleficent actress, she is seeking sole physical custody of Maddox and his five siblings: Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. Jolie wants Pitt to only have visitation rights once their temporary parenting agreement ends on October 20.