Us Weekly: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt’s ‘family therapy is no longer taking place’

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While Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were working through their neverending divorce, they came to some kind of temporary (but years-long) arrangement which involved family therapy sessions. Angelina insisted upon it following the plane incident in 2016 – she wanted all of the kids to see a child psychologist, and she wanted to go through counseling sessions with Brad and the kids all together. We’ve heard from various sources that the younger kids are still in therapy, and I’ve believed for some time that the therapists’ recommendations have been largely guiding how much access Brad has to the kids. Angelina still seems to have primary custody, but Brad has gradually increased his access to the younger kids (not Maddox and Pax though). Now “sources” tell Us Weekly that the family therapy sessions are no longer taking place?

After years of drama, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were able to work toward a cordial coparenting relationship. But now, the former couple’s issues have started to ramp up again.

“Tensions have escalated between Brad and Angelina, with family therapy no longer taking place,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.

Ahead of their child custody trial, which is slated to begin in October, the Mr. & Mrs. Smith costars have been at odds over how much time they each get with Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12. (At 19, their eldest, Maddox, has free rein to go with either parent, although multiple sources previously told Us that the Yonsei University student does not have a relationship with his father.)

“Brad wants 50/50 joint physical and legal custody of the kids. Angelina has been unagreeable to those terms,” the source tells Us. “[She] will only agree to talk about an agreement if the home base for the children isn’t Los Angeles. The younger kids are in school in Los Angeles, which Angelina has always been opposed to. They are very smart and are eager to attend school in person [amid the COVID-19 pandemic].”

[From Us Weekly]

Us Weekly goes on to recap what little we know about the situation with Judge Ouderkirk, who clearly needed to recuse himself but has not. As for these quotes… I don’t know. I mean, I think Angelina is itching to leave LA as well. I think she would love to move to London full time at some point in the future. But I also think that she was perfectly willing to put down roots in LA for the duration of this divorce wrangling and *she* is the one providing the kids with stability while Brad gallivants around, working and hanging out with artists and banging Instamodels. As for the family therapy… I’d be willing to bet that the kids are still seeing a therapist and it’s just BRAD who doesn’t want to do it anymore.

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  1. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Maybe Team Jolie should hand over the picture you posted of Pitt and ask “would YOU be comfortable leaving your kids with THIS?” because every single time I see this all I get is skeezy vibes
    Just sayin

  2. Lively says:

    Reading about this narcissistic man is exhausting… can’t even imagine what’s it like dealing with him daily…. good luck angelina

  3. lucy2 says:

    I hope all those kids are in therapy as long as they want it. Not only have they been through some family trauma, but they’ve been in the spotlight their entire lives, with far too much attention from fans of their parents and detractors alike.

    Unless Angelina got sole custody, I can’t imagine the courts would be ok with her moving the family away, especially to another country. They’re going to have to stick it out in LA for a few more years at least.

    • SaraR. says:

      Why is that? Why do they need to live in LA? Why can’t Brad move to a place Angelina wants to live? It’s not like he has 9-5 job.

      • lucy2 says:

        I’m not a lawyer or a judge, but if she really does want to move out of the country, and they have any kind of shared custody, I think he has to consent. And given that he’s being a jerk and fighting her on everything, in a divorce he caused, I can’t see that happening.

      • Greta says:

        I think what Sarah is asking is, why do they have to live in L.A though, why can’t they live anywhere else? Before they split, and with the exception of certain periods between 2013- 2015 during Angelina’s medical issues when she had her surgeries, they weren’t permanently based in L.A. for the most part. Angelina has always made it clear from when she first became a mum that she wanted to live in France or elsewhere, and was in fact living in the UK when she met Pitt. Things change, and Pitt is entitled to have a say too , but he didn’t seem to have an issue when they were together, so why does he have an issue now? It feels like he’s being spiteful. But Angelina seems to have accepted that she will be in L.A. for the next few years, she said last year she’ll move once her youngest reach 18. It’s really petty because she really doesn’t like living in L.A. and has said so many times, and she never planned on raising her kids there.

        it’s not just physical custody, even if Angelina has or were to get sole physical custody of the kids after their trial. Pitt still has shared legal custody, and would have to agree. Personally I’d make Bley earn her money regarding the moving thing, and put it before the judge at their trial next month. I’m not saying it will work & would almost certainly not happen, but 3 of those kids who are still minors are above 14 and will have a say, and the twins too to some degree at 12. It’s interesting that she finally finished her home in Cambodia last year, and spoke about building a new home elsewhere this year too. So she’s already preparing for the day when she can move. She probably really regrets selling her UK home. Oh this us weekly story is a crock of shit from Pitts team as always.

      • SaraR. says:

        Thanks Greta, that was exactly what I meant. I think she accepted to live in LA because Brad was in therapy there (and AA), and she cooperated.

      • Brandy Alexander says:

        Honestly, I think when she filed for divorce in CA, she ended her own chances of living anywhere else while any of the kids are minors. I remember with the Kelly Rutherford shenangigans when the kid was allowed to move to Monaco, CA quickly gave up jurisdiction. Any parent fighting for a shred of custody would be stupid to allow her to permanently move the children to another country. And I say this as someone who generally dislikes Brad.

      • lucy2 says:

        I would assume LA/California is considered their legal primary residence, even if they didn’t spend that much time there. That’s where she filed for divorce too. All the other homes elsewhere are likely considered vacation or secondary (and 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc) homes.

    • waitwhat says:

      You are correct, Lucy2. Courts don’t just let one parent move across the world without the other parent’s consent when there is shared custody.

    • Greta says:

      @Brandy, you seem to forget the circumstances around her filing for divorce, DCFS was involved, the FBI etc. My understanding is that DCFS ” backed off” once they were satisfied by the guidelines in place. So under those circumstances, how and was Angelina supposed to get back on a plane and file for divorce where exactly? Back to France? During that awful mess that Pitt unleashed on them.

      If Angelina was as Machiavellian and evil as some like claiming, then she’d have “planned” things better, and ” set things up” to file in like Cambodia where she’s a citizen and Pitt not. I’m not familiar with the Cambodian legal system, but maybe they’d have given her full custody and stripped Pitt of his parental rights even. It would have been farcical of course, but hey she’s evil Maleficent remember. Or at least manipulated things because again she’s so evil, and tried a friendlier jurisdiction where the default isn’t 50/ 50 like it is in California. And yet 4 years on in a 50/50 state he STILL doesn’t have shared. Why is that again? Jurisdiction is determined by certain factors as far as I’m aware. In this case they got married in CA, and it ticks the domicile box as well. @ lucy2 huh?

      • Brandy Alexander says:

        @Greta, no, I didn’t forget the circumstances. I don’t even think she could file anywhere else, as I think they both declare CA as their primary residence. I’m just saying, that’s where she filed, that’s whose going to have control of where she can live with the kids, and it’s smart of him to not concede that. Personally, I have more than one friend who wanted to move out of state with their kid and couldn’t because the ex-spouse wouldn’t let them. These are the consequences you face when having kids with people who turn out to be less than ideal. (And that’s a not a knock on her – maybe he was better when she chose to have kids with him, but it was still a risk she took)

  4. Thanks says:

    It’s always Angie’s fault 🙄.

  5. SaraR. says:

    Oh, it’s time for his biweekly “sources” tabloid update? US Weekly this time, so Page Six will be getting some scoop next? He gets nice treatment in exchange for these gaslighting pieces on Angelina. I guess he doesn’t care that his children are reading this…

  6. Lady D says:

    Maybe after his stunt at Mirabel, she’s stopped trying. Perhaps it was a bridge too far for her when he sh*t all over years worth of happy memories and a shrine to their grandmother?

  7. Millenial says:

    She really wants to leave LA, but realistically speaking it’s not gonna happen until the kids are older. That’s just how divorce and child custody works. You can’t move away from the other parent unless one of you is willing to sacrifice time with the kids. Sounds like Brad isn’t willing, so she’s stuck in LA.

    That’s just the way the cookie crumbles. I really think she’s dragging it out at this point.

    • Sierra says:

      For the millionth time, BRAD is the one who requested for extensions 3 times. He is also the one who refused to submit his financials for 2 years.

  8. Trillian says:

    At those ages, don‘t most of the kids get to say if and how much time they spend with their dad?
    Aside from maybe the twins all would be old enough to choose for themselves here (Germany).

  9. Myra says:

    There is no reason to go to therapy with someone who will throw you under the bus the next day. Might as well use your time in a more useful way. Women do not need to be the bigger person all the time so that society don’t paint them as the big bad witch. It’s 2020. Women are tired.

  10. waitwhat says:

    This makes me sad. When I was trying to divorce my serial cheater (who kept throwing wrenches in the process hoping I’d capitulate and go back to him) I got a court order for him to attend meetings with a Parenting Coordinator to help create a stable and consistent environment for our son. He refused. My son is 16 now. It’s been a hard road. I feel for those kids.

  11. Adorable says:

    The kids are over the age of 10,don’t they have a say as to where they want to “primarily”live?

    • Astrid says:

      Here in Michigan the kids opinion is taken as advisement but the kids don’t get to choose till they’re older, something like 14 or 16?

    • Sparky says:

      In CA the kids have a say beginning at age 14. That’s the age both Pax and Maddox each stopped seeing Brad. I’ve never seen anything about whether Zahara or Shiloh followed their lead

  12. Princess Peach says:

    I don’t see this ending how she wants. It’s very hard to get anything but 50/50 physical and legal custody these days. That’s definitely the default. I get her position because Brad seems awful but I think that at the end of all this it will be joint custody and staying in LA.

    • Hmm says:

      It’s been 4 years and he still doesn’t have custody lol us weekly doesn’t know what they’re talking about the only kids that will be forced to see him are Jolie’s twins. Pax has already told the world via his private Instagram exactly how he feels about Pitt- he says he’s an awful human being.

      • Hmmm says:

        To Alliance from Fas… I saw you comment about my post but I do not have an account on that site. So I’ll answer here – yes it was 100% real.

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree Peach. I think she and the kids are just going to have to wait it out and do the best they can in LA with some shared custody.

  13. ad says:

    Why bother if all affected are not genuinely/ honestly committed. I am not surprised if the kids declined to joined him in the same room. I can understand their anxieties about the whole scenario they are thrown into, I feel the kids pain! Heart breaking to be at the middle of all these nonsense created by a member of the family!

  14. Say what says:

    This isn’t the first time this jerk refused to go to therapy for those who don’t remember the beginnings of this mess. Angelina asked as Kaiser states and he refused head on. I think the courts had to make him. Then the old goat took his time going through several therapists before he decided which one he liked! It’s all in black/white in their lawyers emails and filings, before he finally persuaded Angie to seal the documents that shed light on him. But he deviously leaked a sealed document in the summer of 2018 when he finally got some custody!
    He has been dragging since 2016 trying to punish her. His lawyers are as sleazy and unprofessional as they come. Always attacking and slanderous of Angelina, always!

  15. Meg says:

    So if true that brad isnt willing to do therapy anymore, therapy which would consist of him being told of the pain hes inflicted on his kids and ex wife etc and narcissists think theyre above ‘taking their lumps ‘ so to speak so i wouldn’t be surprised either if he didnt want to go anymore. Being a parent would be a pride swallowing at times humbling role and people who get so much of their ego and identity in very successful careers may have a hard time with this. a man who cant fathom being dumped by his wife and is still trying to punish her 4years later i think sounds like hed fall into that category

    • ArtHistorian says:

      I wonder if one of his children will pen a “Daddy Dearest” one day.

      • Sidewithkids says:

        Lol. Prob but really I think as adults they’ll just say if asked they don’t see him. Kinda like what Maddox said when approached. Angie has taught them well I believe and they know alot. She makes them well adjusted to what’s happening to them due to their father’s gross behavior.

  16. Hmm says:

    He should stop selling lies to Usweekly and the rest of the tabloids, stop gaslighting Angelina and her kids and move on. This nonsense article is because his escort caused bad publicity so back to attacking Angelina.

    He ruined the image of Miraval and looks completely sleazy lol not that he didn’t already turn a French chateau into a tacky as hell modern insane asylum.

  17. Stacey says:

    Brad Pitt from day one fought against Angelina for having family therapy . That’s why he’s still in an utter mess with his kids.

  18. Sam67 says:

    I’m just quite shocked and ashamed of Brad Pitt’s behaviour especially towards the women in his life regardless have bad he thinks of Angelina she at the end of the day is still the mother of his children and this is how you treat her and also the vulgar behaviour for taking his high-end escort to his family home on what would have been anniversary of h their wedding. Makes me sick thinking how those children of his must have felt. Such a smack on the face by a man who said he loved her and his kids. Sorry no longer going to support such a pillock of an excuse of a man.

  19. Sam67 says:

    Just when I thought Brad Pitt couldn’t make me dislike him even more and yet again he disappoints evenmore and makes me evermore reasons to dislike the deadbeat of a man. As if the whole ward season gaslighting of Angelina wasn’t enough, he goes ahead and does further more despicable acts towards her.
    He is bitter his thought out plan to unveil his already married instamodel blew up in his face with her skivy past and present relashionship and how she conducts herself. I hope Pitts fired who ever leaked her Identity under all that fuzzy photos. Instanodel is equally THIRSTY and doesn’t come across as a genuine person ,but a money fame hungry one.

  20. Katharine says:

    Considering brad pitt has initially refused to do therapy in the first place after the plane incident I very much doubt he’s caring about it now that its finished. I very much doubt he even attended any . 4 years and still not seen with kids therapy for him didn’t work.

  21. Sidewithkids says:

    I find this article fishy. They were still doing family therapy together? Since when? I thought some of the kids were in therapy for sure but I still really doubt Brad and Angie have laid eyes on each other in a very long time. I don’t believe much from these tabloids tho b/c BP continues to feed them lies.

  22. SallyAnne says:

    Someone needs to tell old goat Pitt to stop talking about Angelina Jolie. All these leaks and running to trash tabloids like Us Weekly etc aren’t helping anyone, people are no longer living in 2005. People can see what type of man you realy are who faked years in TV wanting a family, Years later when he got the family he wanted, what did he do, attack and abuse their good relatshionship with you.

    I am glad people are no longer wearing rise tinted glasses when it comes to the bad behaviours of Brad Pitt toward women in his life and his children .

  23. TLB says:

    I saw some of Brad Pitt’s apologists still making apologies on his behalf that he’s still needs time to get over his split . I mean it’s been 4 years coming to 5 and all he’s been doing this going to parties, art exhibitions ,concert, making movies, attacking his family in interviews , pity party photo shoots with shady interviews, and not forgetting hiribgvspeech writers for award seasin and shading Angelina in his speeches, how much more time and excuses does Brad Pitt need , seeing that is being 4 years and is still not publicly seen with any of the children . Now he’s going out out with the fame hungry married woman old enough to be his daughter and his fans are still making excuseson his behalf. When will the day come when Brad Pitt is held accountable for HIS actions?

  24. Daisy says:

    Someone in Brad Pitt’s team should have a word with him and tell him enough is enough stop these leaking and stop these maligning your family and especially the mother of your children is not helping anybody therapy or no therapy what type of man are you and who does this. He’s old enough to know that every action has a reaction and consequences if he carries on defaming them all is doing his alienating himself

  25. Bri02 says:

    I seriously have had enough off Brad Pitt , and his blatant PR games, his constant need to leak baseless information and fake documents just to defame Angelina Jolie is making him out to be
    A vindictive little man that is refusing to move on from a woman who chose her children’s wellbeing over him.
    I don’t know what to call it , either is he obsessed with her, or does he want to punish her for leaving him,or he is punishing her for choosing their kids over him. I don’t know what his issues are , but one thing is obvious his own actions have alienated his own children against him. No child likes to see their mother dragged through mud like Brad Pitt is doing to their mother . Why doesn’t this guy just show an ounce of respect just an ounce of decency.. what a mockery of a man this is the same guy who said on the Golden Globes stage” be kind to everybody ” yet since then what has he done he’s been the most unkind man towards Angelina Jolie and the children. I guess the speechwriters didn’t factor in the fact Brad Pitt never walk the walk or talk the talk.
    I hope Angelina find a good man who would show her respect and protect her and her children.

  26. KellyRyan says:

    Six years until the twins are eighteen. Not a big deal. The children have each other, pets, a nice home to live in, hopefully outside friends and are following their personal interests. I thought at one time I read Zahara was interested in horses and a possible pursuit in becoming a veterinarian. One thing they all share in common, (reminds me of Elizabeth Taylor), is a life away from celebrity.

  27. Katharine says:

    All respect to Angelina Jolie for not backing down no matter howuch she has been publicly and privately dragged and meligbed by Brad Pitt . She kept radio scilent and never stopped as low as Brad Pitt did and continuously do so.
    The children need a good stable parent who puts their wellbeing before their own. And that is what Angelina has done, and what Brad Pitt hasn’t done ,hence the kids still in therapy and not seen with him . Since 2016 and now 2020 Brad Pitts team no longer ” he is private “games, where in reality he has been the least private man.

    Never imagined Brad Pitt woukd be sych an insensitive father ti his iwn children. Seeking his dramas from the day he was dumped by Jolie, has given him a new meaning of being a deadbeat father. You’d think at his age he would be nowvless narsasstic and more caring towards his family whom he admitted in an interview he has “checked out on”, as his addictions took over. Shame he didn’t do rehab and not took ownership of blowing up his once a big happy family. 😢

  28. LOL says:

    Lainey Gossip summed it up eel with brads latest birino photos with the smirk
    “Feeling himself, for sure. The smirk of a 56 year old man dating a 27 year old model, who takes her to the family home where he married his second ex-wife the week of their anniversary, as she continues to get portrayed as the villain. ”..