Brad Pitt got to see the four youngest kids on Christmas day, with a monitor

Brad Pitt gets into character while filming scenes for "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood"

Maybe I don’t fully understand “the plan” for Brad Pitt’s team. I get that Team Pitt has done the most to smear Angelina Jolie as an alienating parent who had the audacity to leave Brad when he drunkenly abused Maddox. But what is the longer term plan for Team Pitt? I honestly don’t know, but I’m wary of their current strategy of running to People Magazine, Page Six, The Blast and Us Weekly with various updates of how Brad saw some of his kids and he’s still being monitored. It’s weird, right? Like, do we still need updates on that? Isn’t Team Pitt just reminding people that after more than two years, Brad still isn’t allowed to be alone with his kids? Well, anyway, after Christmas, both People Magazine and Us Weekly got the confirmation that Brad spent some time with some of his kids on Christmas Day. Both outlets used the word “low-key” so that’s Team Pitt’s new strategy somehow.

Brad Pitt had a very merry Christmas: The 55-year-old spent the holiday with some of his children after reaching a new custody agreement with estranged wife Angelina Jolie.

“Brad exchanged Christmas gifts with the kids on December 25 at his house,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “[He] has never spoiled the kids for their birthdays or holidays. It wasn’t over the top but low-key.”

The source says the War Machine star was “extremely happy” to have his brood spend the night but notes that some of the couple’s six children weren’t present: “Maddox refused to go, and Pax didn’t go either.”

The sleepover was also supervised, the source adds, with a monitor sleeping in a guest room. The following day, Jolie, 43, was photographed in Los Angeles with four the of the children: Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 10. Pitt also hosted some of his kids for a monitored overnight on December 17, a day before his birthday. As with the Christmas sleepover, Maddox, 17, opted out of the get-together.

[From Us Weekly]

So Brad’s “less than 50% custody” arrangement is looking more like he gets one overnight visit with the four youngest kids once a week. That’s A LOT less than 50%. I’m also uncomfortable with this: “Maddox refused to go, and Pax didn’t go either.” It’s like… if this really did come from Team Pitt (which I believe it “low-key” did), then it feels like Brad is blaming Pax and Maddox for not wanting to see him. Dude, they have a really good reason for not wanting to see you. As for this: “He has never spoiled the kids for their birthdays or holidays…” That was never an issue, was it? No one ever argued that Brad or Angelina completely spoiled the kids. Despite what the “haters” have claimed, the Jolie-Pitt kids always seem pretty well-adjusted and normal for celeb-kids.

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio back in their car on the set of 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

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  1. Cee says:

    Brad is a big disappointment. I thought he was a better man and the Mr Hollywodd stories were overblown but seems he really is that guy. He really did not know who Angie us and misjudged how much she would take.

  2. Becca says:

    This does not sound good for him, I don’t think it’s leaked by his team.

  3. Adorable says:

    I’m just annoyed that the Mass media,refuses to question why this man nearly three years since the divorce filing is required to have a monitor when with the kids.

    • lisanne says:

      He’s not required to have a monitor at this point. He is choosing to have monitored visits. No doubt to show that he is able to be a father to his children, and that he is not abusive. This is a smart thing to do. It’s not aimed at Angelina. As for all of the media coverage – this is Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Their marriage was idealized in the media for many years. Not surprising that its demise is getting so much coverage now. It will end some day, maybe when all of the kids are over the age of 25!

  4. Lisa says:

    It’s shit someone had to give up their Xmas to monitor his time with the kids

    • Notyouraveragehousewife says:

      To be fair, if it was a DCF employee, court appointment monitor etc., that comes with the territory. I worked in retail for years knowing I would be required to work on holidays. I’m sure it’s in the job description and they knew what they signed up for to be in that field of work.

    • Hotairballoon says:

      It’s a therapist and he asked for the monitoring, which is to be tapered off over a 6 – 8 week period. This is to help the kids adjust and rebuild their relationship with their dad. Not a government employee; the authorities haven’t been involved in their case since he was cleared of any kind of inappropriate behaviour or abuse.

  5. Bee says:

    I suspect as they reach an appropriate age, one-by-one these kids are going to choose to reduce or erase his presence in their life.

    • YesImHere says:

      Just like their mom did to her dad?

      • Mia4s says:

        “Just like their mom did to her dad?”

        Ummm, yes because Jon Voight was pretty awful and that was likely a very wise decision? So…….yes? 🤷‍♀️

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Yes, because that is what you do with toxic people. You give them a chance, but remove them if they continue to impact your life negatively, without care or concern for your well-being.

  6. minx says:

    A monitor, all these years later. Smh.

    • Hotairballoon says:

      He asked for the therapist to monitor the visits, not monitor him. It’s to help the kid adjust more than anything else.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        I don’t not believe you,you must have read this somewhere?Could you send a link or tell where you came upon this information?Are you saying he wants supervised visits from a therapist that will taper off over time?Okay,it’s Hollywood so I wouldn’t be surprised by anything,it’s just not something one usually hears of people doing,but IDK,I haven’t followed their marriage or divorce that much.

      • Hotairballoon says:

        Spicecake, him asking for the therapist’s presence is clarified in all the same leaks (The Blast, DM, etc articles) that details his kids’ recent visits, so if you believe his kids visited, you should have no trouble believing he requested or agreed voluntarily this monitoring, probably as a part of his and Angelina’s negotiations to avoid going to trial. There’s no way it’s a government/authority-mandated thing; the authorities haven’t been involved in this case since 2017 when he was totally cleared of abuse allegations. It’s all between him, Angelina, and their private judge, who did not mandate this because he was the one who, this past summer, ordered the kids had to be told by their doctor they were completely safe with their dad.

      • LadyT says:

        Absolutely right Horairballoon. Although they’ve heard all this before many times. Willful ignorance.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        Okay thanks,it’s not a bad idea if that’s what they’ve all agreed upon,just hoping the kids can come out of this well.I’ll google some of this and read it while my husband sits here and watches football 😉

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:


        I think it is wrong of you to apply willful ignorance as a label for someone who is obviously unfamiliar with the scuttlebutt. Not everyone follows the drama voraciously.

      • LadyT says:

        I did not address Spicecake though. I clearly referenced the posters who have “heard all this before many times,” to commiserate with Hotairballoon and save him/her some frustration.

  7. Div says:

    I don’t think Brad is the devil or anything (I suspect he has a drinking problem, but it really shows how misogynistic the tabloid media is in that they continually hold Brad up as the “wronged, good” one and Angelina as the “devil.” The tabs shouldn’t cover any of this or if they do, at least point out the monitor situation years later.

    • Hotairballoon says:

      Most people seem to realise he’s no angel or great father but sympathise somewhat because he was totally transparent about his drinking (GQ).

  8. LT says:

    This situation is so sad – those poor kids. What are the lasting effects going to be on those children from having a father who did something that was bad enough to warrant a monitor for THREE YEARS? Like others have said, whatever happened on that plane, it was just the last straw – one incident would not result in ongoing supervision.

    As a mother through adoption who is also divorced, this situation particularly resonates with me, though thankfully my ex and I truly do have 50/50 custody of our kids. I hope there is strength in numbers and the kids have been a good support for each other during this ordeal.

  9. Ophelia says:

    My only take away from this article, if it is indeed a Brad-camp leak, is how the older boys are being victim-blamed for skipping the sleepover.

  10. Talie says:

    I think the jury is still out on how well-adjusted the kids are — we’ll know soon enough thought as they are aging up.

    I don’t know what to think anymore about this situation except that I’m sad these two destroyed their images so horribly. They used to represent something special.

    • crogirl says:

      It’s incredible that you are trying to make them both responsible.
      She didn’t ruin her reputation. She wasn’t abusive towards her children, she doesn’t have substance abuse or anger issues, she has majority custody (unmonitored) and she didn’t fail her charities.
      He is the one trying to ruin her reputation, because he can’t accept the fact that he lost those kids because of his actions not hers.

    • minx says:

      How did AJ destroy her image, exactly? The whole mess was thrown in her lap and seems like she did the best she could.

    • diana says:

      Talie your take is trash. Do you realise how misogynistic you sound? Are you brad’s friend?

    • Carol says:

      @Talie I totally agree. Who knows what the truth is. Hopefully, whatever the truth is, tge kids will be ok.

      • Karen says:

        I agree. Both parents are responsible for how their kids turn out. Between their jetting all over the world, home schooling, Brad’s alcohol/drug issues, her depression from her mother’s death- and parenting styles, her health issues—there are many things that can affect a young kid’s mind. And being in front of the paparazzi.

        A friend of mine went through a nasty divorce-$1million in attorney fees. She would bad mouth the ex husband. When the father came to pick them up the kids would run over and hug him and not let go. You don’t know what really goes on. I only heard her side.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I mean, y’all can frame it that way if you want, but at the end of the day, Angelina isn’t the one who caused enough of a domestic disturbance to have the authorities called by observing parties. That’s heavy shit.

  11. Other Renee says:

    I don’t know if they’re really not spoiled. Too many photos of them coming out of toy stores over the years with Angelina. I used to wonder “Geesh, how many toys do those kids need already?!”

    • Otaku fairy... says:

      My family made sure we had a lot of toys too growing up. There were definitely multiple trips to different kinds of toy stores each year, but we were not spoiled. If we acted up, mouthed off, didn’t do our chores, or our grades weren’t right, they did not hesitate to take those toys away for extended periods of time, along with our other privileges , favorite snacks, tv shows, and things we wanted to do with our friends. I remember losing my closed door privilege once. Parents can be generous but still discipline their kids, have standards, and not spoil them.

      I predict that it the Jolie-Pitt kids show any kind of imperfection as teens or adults or have any kind of weakness in the future, it will automatically be used to say Angelina was a bad mother. They’ll probably turn out alright though.

      • Booie says:

        I also grew up with lots of toys too. My parents worked odd hours and as a result, would take me either to the zoo or the bookstore or an arcade every other day before I started attending school. Would always come back with a toy or a book. And my parents weren’t rich, very much working class. It was just small inexpensive things and from what I’ve seen with these kids they aren’t ever shopping for Xbox games or whatever most kids are into these days. It’s always smaller, reasonable priced toys, books, or art supplies.

        These kids have their own charities so even if they are spoiled, I would think they do understand the importance of giving back to a cause they’re passionate about as Angie seems to have raised them to be somewhat involved with their respective charities.

    • HappyFeetGladFeet says:

      Most kids go to a toy store every now and then. There were never really that many times the JP kids went, it just *seemed* like it because when they went, they were photographed. And you saw them with art supplies (which every child goes through like I don’t know what) and small items, nothing expensive.

    • Wyatt says:

      Other Ranee-ina article couple of years ago, Angelina stated when she goes on a mission, the kids give their old toys and games to the kids in the refugee camps.

  12. Millennial says:

    It really doesn’t seem like he’s done the self-reflection necessary to become a better person and father, which is too bad for his kids. It’s obvious through his PR games that he thinks he’s a big victim. He still doesn’t seem to get that the plane incident should have been a major breaking/turning point for him. It really should have been the catalyst for a major existential crisis, but….
    Nope. He’s still the same old a-hole, just maybe (maybe) more sober.

  13. Myrtle says:

    Does anyone else think Brad’s body looks deformed in that lead photo? Must be the camera angle but it looks weird, right?

    From the most recent Angie-with-children photos I saw, it looks the kids are really starting to resent the paps. Zahara especially looked super bummed. I think I may have to stop clicking on those stories, out of respect.

  14. Booie says:

    Hey Kaiser and everyone else who was speculating about the boys wishing him a happy birthday on instagram:
    Did you all see those accounts were both mysteriously removed? Guess that answers that question about whether they were real or not. Didn’t see enough news correcting that they were actually fake.

  15. Olenna says:

    That freakin’ picture, LOL! It’s Howdy Doody time again!

  16. belle says:

    Its nice that Brad got to spend time with the 4 kids on Christmas. Hope they had a good time.

  17. abbi says:

    I’m not convinced that this is Brad’s team leaking this info, it does not portray things in a positive light at all. A monitor sleeping in the next room, and two kids who don’t want to see him. That’s some shade. This in no way makes him look good.

    • Wyatt says:

      The tabs are reporting that Brad requested the monitoring to prove he is a good parent😜

      • abbi says:

        Yea that makes zero sense. I used to be involved in child custody cases, and NO parent EVER wants to be monitored.

        That photo though!

      • Hotairballoon says:

        Abbi, I think it could have been one of his concessions to avoid a long trial.

      • abbi says:

        Hotairballoon– Ah, put in that context, it makes more sense.

      • LadyT says:

        By concessions do you mean it was requested by Jolie? The judge has irrefutably called Brad safe so it’s not the court.

      • Hotairballoon says:

        She might have requested or he might have offered it during a back-and-forth negotiating process to “sweeten” the overall deal and perhaps even to protect himself in some way – the therapist’s presence helps leave a paper trail (from objective third party) about his parenting in case they head back to court or argue over custody again.

      • Carmen says:

        LOL they have to spin it somehow, don’t they?

  18. Carmen says:

    “Less than 50%” can mean anything from 1% to 49%. In his case I’m guessing it means a couple of weekends a month and that’s it.

    • crogirl says:

      I agree Carmen. Also, if he had remotely close to 50% custody his people wouldn’t call it visits. The kids would simply have two homes which they don’t. They live with their mother and Brad has them for occasional supervised visits.

      • Hmmm says:

        It’s weird. What could he possibly have done to not get 50 % after more than 2 years? His fans loved saying California is a 50/50 state he’s gonna get it well when?

        Angie and kids went out of town for new year too. They were spotted in Colorado

    • Hmmm says:

      I’ve said from the beginning he has the jannelle Evans from teen mom custody plan. She was a heroin addict and lost custody to her mom.

      • belle says:

        You seem to be a big fan of Teen Mom.

      • Hmmm says:

        I am, belle. Obviously that’s how I know about jannelle’s custody arrangement with her mom. Derrrrr!

        You seem to be a big fan of Brad Pitt’s. So please explain why after 2 + years he’s still monitored when he visits his children. Never mind you’ll just make excuses and claim he wants to be monitored. Lmao

      • belle says:

        Brad and Angelina agreed to a custody arrangement to avoid going to trial. Maybe Angie gave up sole custody and some other things. Maybe Brad agreed to monitoring and some other things. We don’t know the details. But a silly made for tv reality show about teen moms is irrelevant.

  19. Hmmm says:

    The creepy weirdo says he requested a monitor lmaoooooooooooo what a joke.

    TWO + years later and still doesn’t have 50 % custody and his fans have nothing to say but excuses. “He wanted it this way!” Bullshit!

    A person that works at a movie theatre said he escorted Angelina and her kids to their seats on Xmas so he didn’t get much time.

  20. Lucy2 says:

    I wonder how this is affecting the relationships between the kids, with the older two opting out of these visits.

    The continued monitoring thing is weird, however it came about.

  21. Lea says:

    I don’t think it’s a situation where you can say there is a good parent and a bad parent. Both parents have huge egos and their children are caught in the middle.
    Something happened between Maddox and Brad during that plane trip. But I also read in a recent article that if Pax wasn’t really talking to Brad, it was because Angelina told him that Brad never wanted to adopt him. Brad explained that it’s not Pax that he didn’t want to adopt. After Shiloh’s birth they were hitting a rough patch and he thought it wasn’t a good idea to adopt any child at that moment.
    So there is also a bit of parental alienation going on.
    I hope the kids come out of this ok.

    • Hmmm says:

      No, it’s def a situation where you can say there is a good parent and a bad parent. The state of California did. Angelina has custody and Brad gets less than 50 % with monitored visitation.

      How in the world is Angelina on the same level as Brad when she doesn’t have to be monitored and remember this family was investigated by cps, FBI , countless therapists and a custody evaluator so if Angelina was on Brad’s level she wouldn’t have custody either but she does.

      So tired of the” but both …” argument when nothing points to her being a bad parent unless you read tabloids.

      • belle says:

        Dastardly Brad! Saint Angie!

      • Hmmm says:

        Never said Angie is a saint but she has custody of her kids.

        Not sure how this went to that. So because a woman isn’t being vilified for actually having custody and not having to be monitored she’s a saint? I guess most moms are Saints then. One thing is for sure Angie and Brad are not on the same level of parenthood.

        The fact that Pitt doesn’t have 50% and STILL needs to be monitored isn’t dastardly, it’s disturbing. Not sure how you as his fan can dismiss that.

        If Anngelina was in the other boat omg we wouldn’t hear the end of what a bad parent she is but because it’s Brad “oh they’re both bad” , bullshit.

      • Lisanne says:

        I’m curious—Where do you get your information on this situation, if not from tabloids/gossip sites? Is there a source of celebrity news that’s considered reliable and unbiased?

    • MICHELLE says:

      @Lea That rubbish about Angelina telling pax brad didn’t want to adopt him is tabloid garbage. That’s where it originated & spread by other outlets. Much like 99% written about this family. Angelina doesn’t have a publicist to correct the thousands of lies written about her & the children.

    • Pas says:

      Let’s go to that BS. It is said “he get angry when she proceeded adoption”. So, basically he doesn’t want Pax if we’re to talk about that BS. 2nd, you really think Madd was the only one who saw that fight on that plane? And pax just looked at them watching? Really?

      It is such a shame to release that, knowing the kids can see anything on the internet. I listened to Angelina’s BBC Guest Edit and its pretty obvious when she said she can’t control anything they see. You think the kids except the twins cannot see their father is smearing their mother and not be mad about it? Just a reminder that Angelina has the primary custody of the 6. The thought that his team is saying Shiloh is the one who’s really eager among four and the twins are covered, i have no doubts he will not support his adopted children.

  22. Meg says:

    I remember reading that the kids would run up and down hallways at hotels they were staying at with the nanny there, and angie let them eat whatever they wanted, so when inread, ‘brad has never spoiled the kids’ i thought it was a passive agressive dig at angie, that spoiling the kids was angie not brad. As for him blaming mad and pax for not visiting, he sounds as entitled as samantha markle, thinking others owe them a relationship

  23. Truth says:

    Angelina has a way of answering the bad press and addressing some things indirectly.
    When the tabs report things leaked or made up she shows you. The smart people can see. Just like going to a movie on Xmas day to refute the lies being told to or by US Weekly.
    She makes statements about her kids seeing things and the truth again giving people like Sharon Osborne and Wendy W the finger. And let’s not forget her haters and Pitt fans. The people who are most critical are Jas fans as always.