Brad Pitt is missing his kids, and who can blame him? The 52-year-old actor has seen his children just three times since parting ways from Angelina Jolie in September.
According to a new report, Brad Pitt is “crushed” that he has been so limited when it comes to spending quality time with his six kids, Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and Vivienne and Knox, eight.
“He’s crushed,” a source revealed to the new issue of Us Weekly on November 16.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were together for 12 years and married for two and during their relationship, they adopted three children from other countries, including Maddox from Cambodia, Pax from Vietnam, and Zahara from Ethiopia.
Their other three children were conceived naturally.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been at odds since she filed for divorce on September 19, but on November 9, their battle took a turn in Pitt’s direction when he was cleared of charges stemming from a child abuse case launched months ago.
As Us Weekly revealed, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services closed its investigation against Brad Pitt last week following months of research into a September incident involving Pitt and his oldest son, Maddox. According to past reports, Brad Pitt was accused of getting physical with the boy while on their private plane en route to Los Angeles from France.
Although an FBI case remains open, Brad Pitt is doing what he can to stay positive and keep his drama with Jolie to a minimum.
As he awaits the conclusion of the FBI’s case, Brad Pitt has agreed to allow the children to continue to live with their mother at her rented home in Malibu, California. After filing for divorce, Jolie took her kids to the Los Angeles coast and has seemingly remained there ever since.
“[Brad Pitt] wants to limit the fighting,” the magazine’s source explained.
“Brad has been deferential on what’s best for [the kids] and limits their stress,” a Pitt insider added. “You don’t just immediately create a new world.”
According to the magazine’s report, the Jolie-Pitts have struggled with adjusting to their new situation without their hands-on dad around. In fact, the children were kept from their father for nearly one month before their first visit with the actor and during their time apart, the children reportedly attended therapy sessions.
Still, despite the therapist being involved with their transition, “the kids didn’t warm up to [Brad Pitt].”
Throughout their time as a family, Brad Pitt was known for being an involved parent and made sure his children were happy and content, despite their frequent travels. He even built the children a skate park at their Los Feliz home for the kids, who are home-schooled, and “would get out and ride bikes with them.”
During a move to London last spring, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were sure to select “a super–kid-friendly” mansion with a pool and playground. Brad Pitt and his family lived in London for months as he filmed Allied with his co-star, Marion Cotillard, before returning to Los Angeles this past summer.
Life with the kids was “total chaos,” Brad Pitt said last year, “but so much fun.”
Weeks ago, a source spoke out and revealed that Brad Pitt’s kids are still struggling with their parent’s split.
“Maddox and Pax are now so upset with [Brad Pitt] and Angie that they do not want to live with either of them. The two boys are so disturbed with how their parents are behaving and everything they are being put through, they are beginning to ask if they can live with Uncle James or any other relative. They just want to be normal like their friends,” a source told Hollywood Life.
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