It was quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s nastiest splits, but now it looks like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have finally called for a truce in their divorce proceedings. Two years after Jolie filed for divorce on September 20, 2016, the A-listers have reportedly called a secret meeting to find some common ground in the custody battle for their six children.
“Brad and Angelina actually set up a secret meeting at her house,” a source close to the couple told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s the first time they have truly gotten together to make things work since their group therapy with the children. Brad and Angie’s meeting was a success. They are going to stay with the plan set forth through the courts.”
Continuing, the source says “Angelina decided it was time to try to make things work and Brad was relieved and very ready for the offer. Brad has been dedicated to making peace throughout the process and now it finally seems like they are at a point where they can create a calmer situation for the kids.”
The pair initially split after Jolie said that Pitt attacked their oldest son Maddox Jolie-Pitt, now 16. The Los Angeles Police Department and Child Services launched an investigation into the incident, which allegedly took place on board a private plane, but Pitt was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing. The event set the tone for the dramatic and tumultuous separation, with sources on both sides giving quotes to the press about the other’s lack of compliance with the proceedings.
In June, Jolie was ordered to by a judge to allow Pitt more time with the couple’s five younger children, with Maddox deemed mature enough to decide on his own how much time he wanted to spend with his father.
Then in August, the pair were again battling, this time over child support. Jolie accused Pitt of not paying ‘meaningful’ child support, with Pitt firing back, saying that since the pair split, he’s paid Angelina $9 million. Jolie’s rep Mindy Nyby issued a statement to Entertainment Tonight at the time, saying “The aim of Angelina’s routine court filing is to provide 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.”
While ‘sources’ on either side continue to give quotes painting both parents as the victims, Jolie and Pitt have kept things amicable in interviews. Pitt told GQ Magazine in May 2017 “I heard one lawyer say, ‘No one wins in court — it’s just a matter of who gets hurt worse.’ And it seems to be true. You spend a year just focused on building a case to prove your point and why you’re right and why they’re wrong, and it’s just an investment in vitriolic hatred. I just refuse. And fortunately, my partner in this agrees.”
As for Jolie, she gave an interview to Vanity Fair in September 2017 and said of Pitt “We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal.”
Thankfully, the pair’s recent secret meeting gives an indication that they may be close to reaching an agreement both parents think is fair.