Brad Pitt is reportedly struggling to maintain a relationship with his six children as his custody dispute with ex wife Angelina Jolie rages on.
The actor, 54, was pictured at two different law offices on Tuesday, the same day Jolie accused him of failing to support their children financially in the two years since she filed for divorce in 2016.
Pitt disputed those claims, revealing that he has given his ex-wife more than $9million in the past 18 months, including $1.3million in bills and $8million for her to purchase her current residence.
Jolie responded to his denials saying that the money was merely a loan and does not constitute child support – accusing Pitt of ‘trying to distract’ from the fact that he hasn’t paid child support.
A new report from TMZ Thursday claims that Pitt has been struggling to stay connected with the couple’s six children, Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, Vivienne, 10 and Knox, 10, all of whom are currently living with Jolie in London as she films Maleficent 2.
New reports claim that Brad Pitt is struggling to maintain a relationship with his six children his custody battle with Angelina Jolie heats up. The pair, pictured in 2015 with children Zahara, Maddox, Pax and Shiloh, filed for divorce in 2016 after 10 years together
In a statement to UsWeekly, Samantha Bley DeJean of the Law Offices of Bley and Bley said when Jolie left Pitt, taking their children with her, in September 2016, Pitt opted to keep the family home in Los Angeles, that he had kept following his divorce from first wife Jennifer Aniston, including the contents.
The statement said: ‘Brad was asked to assist in the expense of a new home for Angelina and the children, but instead he loaned Angelina money, for which he is charging her interest on a payment plan’.
‘Angelina will of course honor that loan. A loan is not, however, child support and to represent it as such is misleading and inaccurate.’
‘Angelina is asking Brad to pay 50 percent of the children’s expenses. He has not. Angelina has had to shoulder the majority of those without his contribution for the past two years. Child support is not optional in California,’ the statement on Jolie’s behalf went on.
Pitt looked tense as he entered meetings with his lawyers on Tuesday in Los Angeles amidst the claims that he hasn’t been paying child support
Jolie is allegedly making the divorce negotiations and child custody battle very hostile and has been ‘out for blood’ ever since her September 2016 divorce filing.
The 43-year-old actress is said to have been trying to limit Pitt’s access to their children, but the judge in the couple’s divorce case ruled that a restriction would be harmful.
According to TMZ, the judge set a schedule for the actor to visit his children in London for 10 hours a day, four consecutive days at a time.
Insiders have told the site that Pitt and Jolie have no interaction with each other and hand-offs are handled by staff.
Pitt is also permitted to call and text his children at any time without monitoring by Jolie.
The dispute over how much time Pitt is allowed to have with the children has reportedly brought the couple’s divorce proceedings to ‘an impasse’, according to insiders.
‘She can’t see past her anger for Brad that he is on his way to getting joint custody,’ a source told UsWeekly.
Jolie accused Pitt of ‘trying to distract’ from the fact that he hasn’t paid child support by bringing up the money he’d loaned her for her home
Sources close to Pitt have said he has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the children each month
On Tuesday the Fight Club actor looked deep in thought as he made his way inside his lawyer’s office in Los Angeles.
An eyewitness told Us Weekly: ‘He sat in his car for four to five minutes before getting out once his driver had parked.
‘[He] seemed tense. It was as though he had the weight of the world on his mind.’
The meeting with his lawyers came just as Jolie accused Pitt of failing to pay ‘meaningful’ child support for 18 months in new court documents obtained by DailyMail.com.
On Wednesday Pitt’s lawyers fired back, revealing that the actor had paid more than $9million to his ex in the last year-and-a-half.
According to the filing, Jolie’s claim to the contrary was ‘a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage’.
Attorneys for Jolie filed legal paperwork Tuesday seeking a court order for Pitt to pay child support and for the divorce to be finalized this year
Source close to Pitt told Page Six the actor forks over hundreds of thousands each month on therapists for his six children, travel expenses and round-the-clock bodyguards.
The same sources accused Jolie of trying to smear him by making him out to be a ‘deadbeat dad’ amid their bitter two-year divorce battle.
Meanwhile another friend of Pitt’s said Jolie is being ‘ridiculously unreasonable’ in her demands and is ‘fueled by anger’.
The friends spoke out after Jolie filed papers in a public court on Tuesday accusing her ex of failing to support their children financially since the split.
‘The divorce case has been held in front of a private judge to keep it out of the press,’ one friend said.
‘But she filed in LA Superior Court knowing that it would go public and that he would be made out to be a deadbeat dad — which he isn’t.
Another added: ‘Brad has completely lived up to his commitments as far as child support and will continue to do so.’
Another insider told People that the 54-year-old actor had in fact provided financial support in an amount ‘far more than any informal agreement would stipulate and far more than any judge would have ordered paid if there had been such an order.’
Jolie is asking the court to force her third husband to pay up, in hopes that the divorce can be finalized this year.
‘Given the informal arrangements around the payment of the children’s expenses have not been regularly sustained by [Pitt] for over a year and a half, [Jolie] intends to file an RFO for the establishment of a retroactive child support order,’ the filing says.
A spokesperson for the actress told People she wants ‘closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children.’
Jolie’s net worth has been estimated at $160million, according to Celebrity Net Worth and in 2014, she was ranked 74th highest-earning celebrity by Forbes. The same site puts Pitt’s net worth at $240million.
It’s been nearly two years since the Hollywood power couple’s shocking split was announced amid allegations that Pitt had been ‘rough’ with one of their children on a private plane. Pitt was investigated but cleared of all wrongdoing.
Pitt was dressed down for his meetings in a t-shirt as he arrived with a member of his staf