Brad Pitt 'Statement' On Angelina Jolie And Family Situation Amid Messy Divorce

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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.

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."
"He really wants to see the kids and to work out an arrangement that is best for them,"

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.

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