For years, the dream of most teenage lovers is to grow up and be like Bradgelina – that dream seems to have ended as things have gone sour that Angelina Jolie is now claiming that half of her children wanted to testify against their father at a custody hearing, but the judge would not let them.
“Three of the children have asked to testify,” Jolie’s lawyers said in court documents filed in December 2020 and obtained by Us Weekly on Thursday.
Jolie, 46, and Pitt, 57, share six children: Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12.
However, a separate attorney familiar with the case said on Friday that the children’s voices were in fact heard.
“The lengthy, detailed decision relied upon expert testimony from people who the kids spoke to during the process, so their voices actually were considered,” the source said.
Pitt was granted joint custody following hours of testimony from child services staffers, therapists and other professionals, all of whom had spoken to the Bradgelina children.
The December paperwork reportedly did not state which of the three kids requested to speak out against their dad, but it noted that “the children whose custody is at issue are old enough to understand what is going on” in the case.
“The trial is necessarily going to impact them emotionally,” the lawyers added. “To make any of the children endure what may be a futile and void proceeding is beyond unjustified. It is cruel.”
In May, Judge John Ouderkirk ruled to give Pitt joint custody of the kids after nearly five years of legal wrangling.
However, Page Six exclusively reported at the time that Jolie vowed to continue her fight because she felt the courts failed her by not letting her children testify. She had recently submitted documents under seal stating that she was prepared to testify about alleged domestic abuse by Pitt.
“This system is at fault, and Angelina is focused on fighting a system that does not take into account the full set of issues that affect her family and other families in this situation,” a source said. “She’s working hard to ensure that other families don’t go through her experience.”
The insider added, “Her motivations have never been to deny the children a relationship with their father.”
Rumblings of a toxic relationship between Pitt and his kids have been going on since 2016, when a video leaked of the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star raging at Jolie aboard a private jet.
Us Weekly reported at the time that after Pitt got drunk and began arguing with his wife, Maddox, then 15, got in the middle to try to calm his dad down. No charges were ever filed against the actor, from whom Jolie filed for divorce soon after the plane incident.
A hearing is scheduled for July 9 since Jolie reportedly wants to appeal the custody ruling to “demonstrate clear, reversible, prejudicial legal error” on the part of Ouderkirk.
An insider previously told Page Six, “The process isn’t over, and every step of the way Angie has resorted to extreme tactics to misrepresent her story [to the media] and to destroy anyone who goes against her — therapists, experts and even the judge. And at the end of the day, Angie was found not to be credible by all of these people.”
Reps for Pitt declined to comment.