Angelina Jolie’s and Brad Pitt’s divorce drama isn’t just affecting the actress and actor. There also are six young lives who have been impacted, with custody turning out to be one of the key elements in their volatile war. Although the two have a prenup, it’s the battle for the children that is emerging as one of the most potentially ugly factors.
TMZ pointed out that with a marriage surviving only two years, the financial aspect of the divorce isn’t expected to turn into a significant war. Their prenuptial agreement is specific in how their $400 million fortune is divided, including their multiple properties, from a French vineyard to a New York apartment.
But it’s the custody of the children that has become the true war. Pitt is determined to fight to gain joint physical custody of the six kids, while Jolie reportedly is equally determined to win the battle.
And while some on Twitter joked about Brangelina, others mourned for the six youngsters.
The Insider reported that the two have almost $500 million in assets to divide, but also noted that thus far, it appears that determining custody for the children is turning into the real battleground.
Meet The Six Children Caught In Brangelina’s Drama
Angelina adopted Maddox Jolie-Pitt, now 15, in 2002 from Cambodia. She was still married to Billy Bob Thornton, and at the time changed the little boy’s name from Rath Vibol to Maddox Chivan Thornton Jolie. Brad then applied to adopt Maddox in 2005.
The now-teenager subsequently earned a minor role in Pitt’s 2013 movie World War Z, playing a zombie who gets shot. He’s working with Jolie at present on a Netflix original film based in Cambodia.
Maddox also allegedly was the one involved in the fight with Brad on a plane trip that resulted in Jolie’s divorce move. Her attorney described her decision to end her marriage as “made for the health of the family.”
Angelina adopted Zahara from Ethiopia in 2005, with Pitt adopting her one year later. The little girl’s voice became part of Kung Fu Panda 3 and she also was given a minor role to play in Maleficent.
Zahara and her sister, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, reportedly are friends, seen shopping together and chosen to attend Nickelodeon’s 28th annual Kids’ Choice Awards in 2015 with Jolie.
Shiloh, now 10, was Brad’s and Angelina’s first biological daughter. When she was born in May, 2006, People reportedly paid $4 million for an exclusive in the United States for her first photos.
“She Wants To Be A Boy”
Shiloh reportedly has shown a preference for wearing boy’s clothes, including ties, and been described as a “mini-me” of her dad. In 2008, Pitt revealed to Oprah that his daughter, at that time 2-years-old, asked to be called John. A few years later, Angelina talked with Vanity Fair about her child.
“She likes tracksuits, she likes [regular] suits. She likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything,” added Angie.
“[Shiloh] thinks she’s one of the brothers.”
Pax Jolie-Pitt, now 12, was adopted at age 3 from Vietnam, in 2007. Pax has become known for his fondness for trendy hairstyles, from dyed hair to mohawks. His mother has revealed that her son is interested in music.
Twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline were welcomed into the world on July 12, 2008. They are fraternal twins, and Angelina has described Vivi as a “girly girl” fond of the color pink, while Knox is one tough “dude” fond of dinosaurs and swords.
As for how the other children are coping with Shiloh’s alleged preference for dressing like a boy, Radar Online reported last year that Pitt and Jolie had consulted an expert.
“After seeking out professional advice on how to help Shiloh, Brad and Angelina were told to let her dress however she wanted,” a source told Radar.
Pitt had been concerned that his daughter’s alleged desire to identify as a male was influenced by her older brothers, according to the source. However, the expert, who reportedly referenced the concerned father’s previous comment about his daughter wanting to be called John, denied that theory.
“Brad was told Shiloh would have gravitated towards dressing as a boy, and being called John, even if her siblings were all girls.”
The expert also reportedly reassured the couple regarding any concern that they somehow influenced their daughter.
“It’s just the way Shiloh is, and there is nothing that they did wrong as parents,” added the source about the expert’s analysis.
Although the transgender claims have received the spotlight again because of the custody battle, the International Business Times pointed out that neither parent has confirmed those reports.
Instead, the primary reports come from Angelina’s discussion of her daughter’s style preferences, describing her as having a preference for wearing “boys’ everything,” and Brad’s interview with Oprah in which how he described the then-very young child wanting to be called John.
OK Magazine also recently revisited the gender identity question, quoting a source who described Pitt and Jolie as “being extremely responsible about her tomboy ways” and seeking out professional guidance.
“Angie and Brad are getting advice from all kinds of experts on how to handle it carefully and not damage their child,” summed up the source.
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