Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are currently at odds over the custody of their six children, and according to a new report, the kids played a part in their divorce.
Following Jolie’s filing, her attorney told the press that she had filed for divorce for the sake of her family. Now, it is being reported that the size of their family had placed a large amount of pressure on the couple, which may have ultimately ended their marriage.
“A major factor which led to Angelina and [Brad Pitt] divorcing was the difficulty of raising their children,” a source close to the couple revealed to Hollywood Life on October 5. “The pressure and stress of raising so many children, with such diversity and a wide range of needs, was extremely difficult for the famous couple to handle.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie share six children, three of whom are biological and three who are adopted.
— People Magazine (@people) October 5, 2016
“As the children grew and their needs evolved, so did [Brad Pitt] and Angie’s parenting styles,” the insider continued. “Simple decisions became more challenging over the years and the spotlight that came with their fame only intensified feelings and increased the stakes.”
Just one year after going public with their romance, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie welcomed their first child, daughter Shiloh, who is now 10-years-old. The couple also adopted three children — Maddox, 15, from Cambodia, Pax, 12, from Vietnam and Zahara, 11, from Ethiopia — before welcoming twins Vivienne and Knox in 2008.
According to the Hollywood Life report, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie thrived as parents at the start of their relationship, but as the years pressed on, they began to grow apart. As the source explained, one or two children is a lot of work, but Pitt and Jolie had six, which reportedly proved to be more than their relationship could handle.
As their parenting struggles began to play out, Brad Pitt’s marriage to Jolie was further stressed by their equally busy careers in entertainment. In turn, said the source, Jolie realized that something had to give and ultimately decided that she preferred to continue her journey as a single parent.
Brad Pitt is crying to his mom EVERY DAY over kids & Angelina Jolie divorce https://t.co/gdrT3G9wqe
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) October 4, 2016
In recent years, both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have spoken out about their parenting and revealed that they are, in fact, much different when it comes to raising their kids.
“I am [the disciplinarian] with the boys,” Brad Pitt explained to the Telegraph in November of 2015. “Girls do no wrong, so I don’t have to be.”
“I feel like my job is to show ’em around, help them find what they want to do with their life, put as many things in front of them, and pull them back when they get out of line, so they know who they are,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Brad Pitt’s wife admitted that while she used to be the “bad cop” with their kids, her parenting strategy changed after she and the actor welcomed their youngest children, 8-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, in 2008.
“I used to be the tougher parent,” she told Britain’s OK! Magazine in 2012, via Us Weekly. “But since the birth of the twins, [Brad Pitt’s] had to play bad cop more often.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were together for 12 years before calling it quits last month. Since then, the couple has been living separately as they attempt to come to an agreement for their kids and for their many assets.
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