Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Divorce seems to have stemmed from “heated, screaming” fights over how to raise their children.
The source of the arguments revolves around whether the children are raised in Jolie’s goal of a more worldly lifestyle, or according to the more traditional upbringing favored by Pitt.
Pitt and Jolie have six kids, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne. Their ages range from eight to 15.
“As far back as 2009, a source told Us at the time, Pitt wanted to enroll the kids in one school in New Orleans, while Jolie preferred homeschooling to allow them to continue their travels.”
One challenge faced by the superstar couple is the sheer number of locals they frequent. Whether they are at their Los Feliz compound in Los Angeles, the 1,000-acre estate in France, their New Orleans mansion, or a penthouse in New York, settling the children down in a single location would be challenging. Especially if the parents wish to be involved in the day-to-day upbringing of their family.
“‘Brad wants them to have a normal upbringing and worries that they’ll come out spoiled, elitist and not grounded,’ a source said at the time. ‘But Angie feels they should be ‘children of the world.’ They argue about it all the time: heated, screaming fights.'”
Brad is known to be the harsher of the two parents, going so far as to yell at the kids on occasion. A source who worked with the family described the yelling as typical fatherly things. Pitt is purportedly also very strict on bedtimes, with structure and order being very important to him. The source summed up the different parenting styles of Jolie and Pitt as “Brad teaches them to be respectful human beings. Angelina lets the kids run around and behave badly.”
Adding fuel to the fire are the allegations surfacing earlier this week that Brad Pitt struck one of the children in an argument on a plane on September 14. Brad admitted that he screamed at his son, Maddox, during an argument with Jolie, but denies that he ever raised a hand to him.
The LAPD denies that Pitt is under investigation by them. On the other hand, when the Department of Child Services was contacted by Radar, employee Amara Suarez stated, “We have very strict confidentiality laws. The laws don’t allow us to confirm or to deny any investigations.” Time will tell if an investigation is underway.
Hollywood divorce lawyer Peter Walzer, who represented Katie Holmes against Tom Cruise, described the situation with DCFS in Cold War terms. “Calling DCFS is a nuclear option if that’s what she did. It could backfire on her,” Walzer said.
Ultimately, the conflict over how to raise their children has brought Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to the breaking point of their marriage. Jolie filed for divorce on September 19 and has requested full physical custody of all six of their children.
But the story does not end there. According to Pitt’s group, Angelina is working a smear campaign to discredit him and take the kids. “Angelina is putting out [the abuse] story to take the kids away from him,” said the source. “Angelina’s team’s campaign to smear him is so aggressive.”
Likely, the question most people are interested in is “Are they actually getting divorced this time?” Considering how frequent celebrity divorces, rumors of divorces, and similar things occur, it should be interesting to see how this fiasco plays out.
So what do you think is the reason behind the divorce? Who do you think should end up with custody of the children? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!
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