Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s divorce has been quite nasty and explosive and may have caused lasting damage to Pitt’s relationship with his two teenage sons, Pax and Maddox.
Jolie is alleged to have told the then-couple’s 15-year-old son Pax that his father “never wanted to adopt him”, according to a source who spoke with US Weekly.
Jolie also reportedly said Pitt “was angry” she had gone ahead with the adoption.
The Us Weekly source said that Pitt may have been wary about adopting Pax because he felt he and Jolie already were overwhelmed by their growing brood of adopted and biological children.
Pitt was especially concerned about adopting a 3-year-old who couldn’t speak English less than a year after they became parents to Shiloh.
“It was a very difficult time for the couple,” the source said.
But the actress and director told Pitt at the time: “Pax needs me more than Shiloh.”
This dispute about if and how to grow their family “almost ended the relationship,” the source told Us Weekly. But in the end, Pitt stayed, and the couple became parents to two more kids — biological twins Knox and Vivienne — in 2008.
It’s already widely known that Jolie, 43, suddenly filed for divorce in September 2016, shortly after some kind of altercation took place between Pitt and Maddox on a private plane returning from Europe.
The incident sparked multiple investigations by the FBI and child welfare authorities, which ultimately led to Pitt being cleared of any child abuse allegations.
Pitt’s reps had earlier said, “A custody arrangement was agreed weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge. The agreement, which is based on the recommendations of the child custody evaluator, eliminates the need for a trial. The filing and details of the agreement are confidential to protect the best interests of the children.”