While the rumors swirl, and report after report tells all dirt about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s split-up, Brad says in a statement that he’s putting family first. Pitt, age 52, really “wants to work things out privately and amicably” according to a Pitt-Jolie insider who spoke to E! News.
Pitt’s been “blindsided” by Jolie’s accusations of child abuse, but he’s not willing to let that mud stick and insists Angelina’s shade isn’t true. Pitt’s seven (or possibly fewer) deadly sins don’t include child abuse apparently. What’s more, he says he’s “putting kids first” as the messy divorce just keeps getting messier.
Us Magazine reports that the Fight Club actor is setting aside professional glory to make things better for the six kids that he’s determined to be a good dad to. Brad made a statement for the mag and “announced that he’s not attending a Wednesday, September 28, screening for his new film Voyage of Time” entirely because of his devotion his family, and decision to keep on “focusing on family” since Jolie filed for divorce.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) September 27, 2016
In his statement, Pitt talked about the high quality of the IMAX movie, which he narrates throughout the story that chronicles the birth of time. He described it as “an incredibly beautiful and unique experimental IMAX film,” and emphasized that Voyage of Time is meant mostly for children and families to enjoy.
Since Brad is now unable to see his own kids and doesn’t know when the tangled disaster of his custody battle with Angelina will be worked out, he just didn’t feel that he should be part of the screening.
“I’m very grateful to be part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I’m currently focused on my family situation and don’t want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film, which I encourage everyone to see.”
Pitt said in his statement that he is really hoping that he and Jolie can move away from the contentiousness of their divorce proceedings and make better choices for everyone. His decision to stay away from the movie is supposed to be seen as an example of the kind of behavior he wants the two of them to show the world and their children. Brad figured that other kids and families would have a hard time enjoying their time together if they were constantly reminded that one of their favorite stars was in the middle of a divorce. Pitt also wants to work things out without “media scrutiny,” and that means staying away from publicity occasions.
“He really wants to see the kids and to work out an arrangement that is best for them,”
— Eric Schiffer (@ericschiffer) September 20, 2016
Even worse than the divorce itself, of course, are Angelina’s statements concerning child abuse. Brad denied wrongdoing, but the situation hasn’t been resolved at all. Because of Jolie’s concerns over how Brad treats the children, “she is seeking sole physical custody of the couple’s six children: Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.”
That’s why Brad hasn’t had a chance to visit with the children since Angelina served him with the divorce papers. The FBI is taking the allegations of child abuse seriously and is “continuing to gather facts” as it decides whether Brad will be charged with child abuse or not.
Pitt’s statement made it clear that he wants things to be right before he sees the kids, and that he won’t be taking advantage of his fame to pressure Jolie, as he could well have done by attending the screening. He “knows the severity of the allegations and wants to be cleared of abuse,” before going on with the next phase of his life.
For some fans, there isn’t much of a future with Brad. One Twitter user said that after Brad Pitt died in Fury, he knew Brad was finished.
When Brad Pitt died in Fury, I knew he was finished.
— Costa's Son (@Nuwaha17) September 20, 2016
What do you think of Pitt’s statement? Did Brad make the statement because he really want to do the right thing, and that’s why he’s taking time off from publicity occasions or is he just hiding?
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