Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie are in a better place thanks to ‘a lot of family therapy’

**FILE PHOTOS** Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt going to trial in custody case

On June 29th, the Daily Mail had a curious exclusive – photos and a report of Brad Pitt leaving Angelina Jolie’s LA home after several hours. Considering most of us believe that Brad and Angelina are still unable to be in the same room with each for more than ten minutes, it seemed unusual. Some thought that maybe Brad was merely spending time with all six kids, with Angelina’s permission. Or maybe Brad and Angelina were just spending time together without drama? People Magazine has an exclusive:

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are in a better place four years after their shocking split and protracted custody battle. Late last month, Pitt, 56, was seen leaving Jolie’s home on his motorcycle. The two are the parents of sons Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, and Knox, 12, and daughters Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and Vivienne, 12.

“They definitely needed help figuring out all the child-custody issues and how Brad could be a dad again,” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “Since the kids are older now, they are no longer dealing with separation issues from Angie.”

“It’s taken them a long time, with a lot of family therapy, to get to this point,” the source adds, adding that tension between the former couple has thawed. “The younger kids go back and forth between their houses, and Brad loves spending as much time with them as possible. He seems much happier.”

[From People]

“Since the kids are older now, they are no longer dealing with separation issues from Angie.” It actually sounds like this was a legal strategy by Angelina and her team to simply draw out the custodial dispute until several of the kids reached an age where they could make up their own minds about whether to see Brad. We’ve already heard that Zahara has opted out, at least a few times, from spending time with her dad. We know Maddox and Pax want nothing to do with Brad. And so Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox are the youngest and presumably enough time has passed since the Plane Incident of 2016, and everybody is doing better. Angelina always prioritized therapy and the kids’ well-being, where Brad prioritized his image and smearing his estranged wife. So here we are. They can spend time together without drama after four years.

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

Angelina Jolie and kids at Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - London Premiere held at the Odeon BFI IMAX.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Mina_Esq says:

    He tried so hard to bring her down. He failed.

  2. Seraphina says:

    Hope for the sake of the kids they are getting some healing and can work through their issues. Therapy is such a good thing that it’s a shame the negative stigma attached to it. Mind wellness is so important. Kudos to them on trying to heal.

    • Esme says:

      Yes, if they can heal what’s possible to heal – not saying forgetting or forgiving, but at least acknowledge who was hurt, how, and what amends can be made, and how can they communicate now – with the help of qualified therapists, taking the time that’s needed… it would be a much better ending for everyone involved.
      (Not absolving anybody, but therapy does indeed help, trauma can be healed, up to a point, and dysfunctional dynamics can be amended… and the end result is that everyone has less stressful lives and can concentrate on more interesting things, instead of existing in a state of permanent conflict)

  3. SaraR. says:

    Brad seems much happier. It’s all about Brad.

    This is another pr piece from Brad’s team. They really can’t stop talking.

    • Meg says:

      Right? Its so gross. He cant do this without getting public credit for it? Narcissistic

  4. Prayer Warrior says:

    Note: The youngest children are all biological…..meaning, he does not see the adopted children? 2nd Note: The youngest children are all white…meaning…….

    • Noki says:

      Unlike Billy Bob who ran for the hills the minute Maddox was adopted Brad has always genuinely loved his adopted kids,didnt he adopt before Shiloh was even born? If he cant see the the older based on their own decisions then thats just unfortunate.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      meaning…

      …they’re old enough to decide for themselves that they’ve opted NOT to see him.

      please don’t make this a bio vs. adopted or white vs. non-white thing. Pitt may be a lot of things, but I really don’t see him shunning the three older kids because they’re “not his” or because they’re not white. the kids shunned HIM, not vice versa.

      • Zut alors says:

        But why did they choose to shun him? Could it for his specific conduct towards them? Didn’t the monitor stop being present once Pax and then Zahara opted out of seeing him?

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “But why did they choose to shun him?”

        um…because he was an abusive jerk who very likely got into more than one physical confrontation with their mother? and shoved their older brother when he tried to intervene? they ARE older, and probably remember more incidents and also remember them more clearly than the younger ones. There are plenty of stories of older children having no relationship with a parent due to abuse, and the younger sibs do have a relationship because they don’t remember “daddy hurting mommy”.

        I have no idea about when the monitor was dismissed, or even if the monitor WAS dismissed. I didn’t follow the details of the custody issues.

  5. Rainy says:

    When People Mag or ET article comes from a source, it is usually coming is always from Brad’s camp, most likely from his Manager. and often, they will quote how happy or not Brad is and how he is a good father to his kids.

    When its Angelina talking, it will come directly from her or her spokesman Mindy, and it will be named.

    • SaraR. says:

      Exactly. The wording of Brad’s team is always trying to portray this as a divorce dispute, two parents that just can’t agree on custody, while trying to gloss over the obvious problems that kids have with Brad’s behavior, past and probably current.

  6. Hope says:

    No paps pict from brad’s side?its been 4 years.

  7. lucy2 says:

    This is probably from Brad’s PR team, but I do hope they are all happier and healthier these days, because it’s not good for kids to live in sustained divorce drama like that. The older kids can make their own choice, but for the younger ones who still see both parents, I hope it’s peaceful.

  8. Greta says:

    The pictures that the daily mail had of Pitt supposedly leaving the Demille- that’s not Angelina’s gate he’s seen leaving. It’s possible the pictures are of the Laughlin Park gates, but from what I’ve seen from those familiar with the neighbourhood, there’s some doubt that is the Laughlin Park community gate either? I don’t know. My personal opinion is that Pitt staged those pictures just so he could peddle such sugary stories, but this time with ” picture evidence” to go along with the narrative he’s been trying to sell for months now.

    Angelina was asked about their relationship in her Vogue interview published 2 weeks ago exactly now. The interviewer actually teed the question up really nicely, she could have easily said blah blah words about how cordial she and Pitt are now, or how they’re getting there or trying, she didn’t and instead spoke about people taking advantage of her silence. So I’m not sure why we’re giving credence to “anonymous sources”? Even from supposdely “reputable” people mag when Angelina has shown that she’s capable of speaking up and answering questions, even in the vague manner she’s used when she’s been asked directly about Pitt and their divorce the last 4 years.

    So no I don’t believe this sugary puff piece clearly from Pitts PR team for a single second. For some strange reason Pitt desperately wants us to believe things are fine, and maybe they are what do I know (lol). I just don’t understand why every few weeks he feels the need to run to Us weekly, ET and now people mag to tell us how fine things are, clearly because he can’t ” show us”. It feels so unnecessary, forced and just bizarre.

    • Reginald says:

      I totally agree with you @Greta. Someone is trying so hard to prove a point after that single statement Angie made in the Vogue interview it was just a statement but it was very heavy. He knows better than to test her

    • Rainy says:

      Yes, it was proven that he was at the gate entrance of Laughlin Park at the Franklin Ave cor Laughlin Park Ave. Maddox was also papped at exactly the same gate last year punching the code and going inside the gate. Brad was papped exiting the same gate entrance. The paps cant go inside the gated community, and cant take any photo of them in front of their own gates. But its logical that Brad came from Angie’s house since he used the same gate entrance as Maddox.

    • Lowrider says:

      Brad runs to these tabloids because he owes exclusives. His PR team shored up all the tabs during the early separation which is telling. Brad was the one with something to hide and now he has to continue to payback the tabs with exclusives.

  9. EliseM says:

    She is from a broken home, and understands the mental trauma that a child has in dealing with all the ‘why’s’ of a broken relationship. IMO I do not believe she would deliberately keep those kids away from their father, unless the situation with him would jeopardize their safety. No matter how the PR team words it, or how many times he jokes about his life, those kid are lucky to have a mom who will take a stand no matter the cost to her. He should thank her.

  10. Elo says:

    I think it’s quiet possible they might be to the point of being more friendly now. After all it’s been four years and Angelina has proved through current and past conduct that she is a big person, and a forgiving one. Especially with him now being sober- I just don’t find it odd for this to be true.

  11. Malem says:

    I sooo want to see Angie date again and be loved that way again. Like with a beautiful woman or a really smart man like Cuaron