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Brad Pitt has been awarded joint custody of his six children with Angelina Jolie, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to Insider.
Page Six first reported the news.
“Pitt has always been seeking the opportunity to have more time with his children and prioritized their well being while the other side did everything to try and stop that,” the source, whose identity is known to Insider but is being withheld due to the nature of the information, told Insider Wednesday.
The former couple have been engaged in a legal battle since Jolie first filed for divorce from Pitt in 2016.
While the two may have nearly $500 million in assets combined to divvy up, the biggest stake in the divorce has been the custody arrangements for the couple’s six children.
If you’re not familiar with the Jolie-Pitt family, here’s a primer on the children in the order they became a part of the Brangie brood.
Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 19
Maddox was adopted by Jolie in 2002 from Cambodia and originally changed his name from Rath Vibol to Maddox Chivan Thornton Jolie when she was still married to Billy Bob Thornton.
The following year, she opened a foundation in Cambodia (now the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation) which helps provide health care, education, and conservation projects. In 2006, a children’s center was opened under his name in Cambodia’s capital.
Maddox had a small part in Pitt’s 2013 movie “World War Z” where he played a zombie who was shot. Maddox helped his mother with work on a Netflix original film based in his home country of Cambodia. Jolie directed and produced an adaptation of the Loung Ung memoir, “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.“
“The film will change Mad, but as much as he’s discovering the horrors of the past, he’ll also be discovering the culture before the war, the dignity of his country, how they held their heads up,” Jolie told Vogue in 2015 of Maddox’s role working on the film.
Pitt formally applied to adopt Maddox in 2005 at the same time he applied to adopt the couple’s other adopted daughter, Zahara.
It has also been reported that an alleged fight between Pitt and Maddox on a plane trip may have played a role in Jolie’s decision to file for divorce. In a statement released by Jolie’s attorney at the time of the announcement, it was said the decision to divorce “was made for the health of the family.“
The FBI cleared Pitt of child-abuse allegations in November 2016.
Maddox currently studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. In a 2020 interview with Extra, Jolie said Maddox returned to the US to take his classes online. And in February 2021, Maddox showed off a rare look at the large dragon tattoo he has inked on his right rib-cage in a photo British Vogue published of Jolie cutting her son’s hair. The photo was among several intimate at-home snapshots Jolie shared for the magazine’s March cover story.
Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, 16
Jolie adopted Zahara from Ethiopia in 2005, right after Independence Day. Pitt adopted her a year later.
Zahara also provided her voice in “Kung Fu Panda 3” and has a small uncredited role in “Maleficent,” according to IMDB.
Jolie started work on an Ethiopian facility in 2011 to be named after her daughter for children who have been diagnosed with HIV or tuberculosis.
Zahara appears to be pretty close with sister Shiloh. The two have been seen out on shopping excursions together and attended Nickelodeon’s 28th annual Kids’ Choice Awards in 2015 with Angelina Jolie.
In 2019, Zahara launched a jewelry line, Zahara Collection, in collaboration with jeweler Robert Procop, People reported.
Jolie revealed in a March 2020 Time essay for International Women’s Day that she “spent the last two months in and out of surgeries with my eldest daughter,” referring to Zahara, but did not disclose the “medical challenges” her daughter was facing. A source told ET that month that Pitt had skipped that year’s BAFTAs to be with Zahara during her recovery.
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 15
Since a young age, Shiloh has preferred dressing in boy’s clothes — fedoras and sometimes ties. In 2008, Pitt explained to Oprah how then-2-year-old Shiloh would ask to be called John.
Two years later, Jolie opened up to Vanity Fair about their daughter.
“She likes tracksuits, she likes [regular] suits,” Jolie said. “She likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”
In recent years, Shiloh has debuted a new look and been spotted with longer hair. Jolie wrote in the same March 2020 Time essay where she talked about Zahara’s surgery that another of her daughters underwent a hip surgery around the same time. The actress didn’t specify whether she was talking about Shiloh or her youngest daughter, Vivienne, but People confirmed at the time that then 13-year-old Shiloh had been photographed walking on crutches.
Shiloh turned 15 on May 27.
Pax Jolie-Pitt, 17
Jolie’s second oldest son Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt was adopted in 2007 from Vietnam when he was three years old. His name means peaceful sky in Latin and Vietnamese, respectively. Pitt adopted Pax a year later in 2008.
Pax, along with his brother Maddox, has showed off some cool hairstyles over the years ranging from mohawks to dyed looks. He celebrated his seventh birthday with the family in Paris where they rode in a hot-air balloon and went on a party cruise. That same year, in 2011, Jolie took Pax back to Vietnam for a visit so he could learn more about his culture.
A zip-up shark hoodie became a staple outfit of his to hide from the paparazzi.
Like some of his siblings, he also had a small role in one of his parents’ films. He had a small uncredited role in Jolie’s “Maleficent.” Pax also recorded some animal noises for pandas in “Kung Fu Panda 3” along with his siblings Zahara, Shiloh, and Knox. Pax was reportedly helping Jolie with her Netflix film by taking still photos on set.
Vivienne and Knox Jolie-Pitt, 12
Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline were born July 12, 2008. Knox is the middle name of Pitt’s grandfather while Leon is the name of Jolie’s great-great grandfather. Marcheline is the name of Jolie’s mother. The fraternal twins are spitting images of their sibling Shiloh.
In 2011, Jolie described Vivienne, who she refers to as Vivi, as a “girly girl” who likes to get her nails done and loves the color pink. Jolie used the words “elegant and delicate” to describe her youngest daughter to Marie Claire in 2011. Meanwhile, Knox is just the opposite, according to Jolie, who described him then as a tough little “dude” who likes dinos and swords.
Vivienne played a pint-sized version of Princess Aurora in “Maleficent” alongside her mom, a role for which she reportedly earned $3,000 per week. Knox, meanwhile, recorded animal noises for “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which Jolie voiced a part in herself.
The twins modeled in Vogue alongside their siblings and parents for the magazine’s November 2015 issue. Jolie told Vanity Fair that Vivienne wants to learn Arabic while Knox was learning sign language.