Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been going through a never-ending legal battle since Jolie filed for divorce in 2016. The major bone of contention has been about custody of their kids especially because a major reason for the divorce is directly tied to them.
Angelina Jolie has come forward recently about this long-lasting war between her and Brad Pitt which is something she doesn’t do often. When interviewed by The Guardian, Jolie said that she was hoping everyone in the family could just 'heal and be peaceful.'
In this same interview, she expressed her fears over the safety of her family during her marriage to Brad Pitt whom she accused of domestic violence. This was allegedly what triggered their breakup.
Jolie said she doesn’t make decisions like this without thinking them through. She never wanted to go through with the divorce but for her, violence against her kids is scary and unacceptable. The actress accused her husband of being abusive towards their son, a then-15-year-old Maddox sometime in 2016 when they were on their private plane.
According to Jolie, Pitt was intoxicated when he assualted their son but the authorities some months later declared him innocent of those charges. Jolie and Pitt had been a couple since 2005 but they only officially got married in 2014. Two years later, they were getting divorced and it was finally settled in 2019.
Due to the nature of their separation and the reason behind it, Jolie fought Pitt in court for sole custody of their six kids: Maddox, the twins, Knox and Vivienne, Shiloh, Zahara, and Pax. That battle is still ongoing and Jolie admits that the entire process over the past five years has taken a toll on her wellbeing.
The Oscar-winning actress is extremely private when it comes to her personal life despite her popularity and media exposure, and for legal reasons, she is unable to open up completely about some things. However, she has always expressed that she is afraid of what could happen if her ex-husband remains a part of their children's lives.
She also hinted towards the fact that the abuse was going on for longer than most people are aware of. “I mean, in some ways, it's been the last decade,” she said when asked about the last five years of the divorce process. Jolie has expressed that she is tired and just wants the family to “move forward including their dad,” and they’ll always be a family.
Previously, in the legal battle, the court granted Pitt joint custody of the kids, excluding Maddox. Coincidentally, the judge who gave this ruling was the one who joined the couple together in marriage and Angelina filed for his disqualification when she appealed his ruling. The state of California granted her request leaving her in full custody of the kids, giving only visitation rights to Pitt who in turn has filed another petition to have the case reviewed.