Latest news reports in the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt divorce case state that Jolie was interviewed by the FBI on Tuesday. This comes as the couple’s temporary custody agreement is about to expire. Jolie filed for divorce from her husband of two years on September 15, 2016. Since then, the public has been abuzz searching for news and updates regarding the couple who had been together for 12 years and was dubbed “Brangelina.” The couple has six children, and great concern has been expressed regarding their welfare during the divorce proceedings. You may read the couple’s divorce papers at Radar Online.
The most startling news to occur today was that Angelina Jolie and her children were interviewed by the FBI. The FBI is still determining jurisdiction in the case. It is unclear exactly what transpired, but according to reports by TMZ, the investigation centers on an alleged incident between the couple’s oldest son, Maddox, and his father, Brad Pitt, that occurred on a private jet when the family returned from France. Details are sketchy, but it is alleged there was a physical altercation between Maddox and Pitt while on the plane. The incident allegedly took place on September 14.
TMZ reports that an anonymous tip was made to the Los Angeles child abuse line, and an investigation ensued. Because the alleged incident may have occurred in federal airspace, the case’s jurisdiction might fall under the FBI. Reports further indicate that Pitt has been given supervised visits with his children while the case is investigated, but Maddox is refusing to see his father. It is unclear if these are rumors or truth. Maddox Jolie-Pitt is 15-years-old and a minor. Angelina Jolie is seeking sole custody of the couple’s six children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.
It’s unclear what transpired during the FBI’s meeting, but TMZ reports two agents met with Jolie at her Malibu home for approximately three hours. It is believed the FBI is still gathering information and evidence to determine whether a case will be filed as well as which governing body will take the case should there be one.
Although the exact nature of the September incident is unknown, it is clear that at this stage, Angelina Jolie wants sole custody of the children. Brad Pitt reportedly is fighting for joint custody, and the couple reached a temporary custody agreement on September 30. Under the terms of that temporary custody agreement, Pitt has visited with his children twice, but reports indicate Maddox was not present. It is possible but unknown whether Maddox has chosen not to visit with his father at this time, or if this was specified in the temporary agreement.
It is important not to take sides or jump to conclusions when dealing with other people’s personal lives. It’s especially important when minor children are involved to be careful when using words such as child abuse or physical assault. At this point, there is nothing that proves Brad Pitt physically assaulted his child or poses a risk to his children. These matters will be handled by the proper authorities, and then lawyers will represent Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and determine what is best for the children.
According to a report by Entertainment Tonight, Brad Pitt has visited with his children for the second time, except for Maddox. People reported that Pitt visited with his children for approximately two hours at an undisclosed location. People states that a therapist was present during the children’s first visit with their father. Brad Pitt will face random drug and alcohol tests, and the couple will undergo individual and family counseling. The temporary custody agreement is set to expire on October 20. It is unclear what Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will do following the expiration of the temporary custody agreement. They may draft another agreement or wait until a court hearing or mediation date to establish a visitation schedule.
Angelina Jolie was spotted in public for the first time since news of her divorce case went public. Jolie was seen in California looking for a house to rent. Five of her children were with her, but Maddox was noticeably absent. ET Online reported that the children looked happy and were spotted running and playing on the beach.
Former employees of and for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been speaking out regarding the couple’s personal lives and divorce drama. Krisann Morel, who was Angelina Jolie’s childhood nanny, issued a stern warning to her. She expressed concern that Jolie might be tempted to demonize or portray Brad Pitt in a negative light due to her own childhood upbringing. Angelina Jolie’s parents are Marcheline Bertrand and Jon Voight. Jolie had an estranged relationship with her father and has placed blame on the failure of her parent’s marriage on her father’s alleged adultery.
The Daily Mail reported about Krisann Morel’s warning to Jolie, which she gave exclusively to the publication.
“Please don’t cut Brad out of the children’s lives. Don’t use the children as weapons in your divorce. And don’t demonize your husband. Because that is exactly what your mother did when she was breaking up with your father. And the result was you had a lonely and traumatic childhood. Why would you inflict the same tragedy on your kids? ‘I am worried that Angie is repeating the past – repeating the same mistakes her mother made during her divorce – and I want to get this message across to her before it is too late.”
The report states that Angelina Jolie’s own mother had used her children as a weapon against Voight. She also stated that Bertrand had difficulty looking at Jolie as a baby because she resembled her father. The advice is powerful and good. It’s important that Jolie remembers that it doesn’t matter what transpired between her and Pitt, the focus must be on their children. The allegations of abuse, if unfounded, could cause potential strain and damage to Pitt’s relationship with his children. If the allegations are true and Pitt accidentally struck his child during a fight with Jolie, that doesn’t mean he should be removed from the children’s lives either. With counseling, therapy, and love, the couple can move forward with their own lives without creating havoc, isolation, and separation among their children.
What do you think about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce? Are you surprised that their marriage has failed after only two years?
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