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On Friday, it seemed Brad Pitt was prepared to fight, responding to Angelina Jolie‘s divorce petition by asking the court for joint physical and joint legal custody of their six children. But the news this week isn’t good — for Brad, at least. Not only was his request denied, with Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne remaining in Angelina’s custody, but Pitt’s time with his children will continue to be limited to “therapeutic visits.”

“We can confirm that childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago,” read the statement released to E! News by a rep for Jolie. “In accordance with this agreement, the six children will stay in their mother’s custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father. This has been determined by childcare professionals to be in the children’s best interest.”

The statement continued: “We are not in a position to discuss the details. We hope now that it is clear that the events which led to the dissolution filing involved minor children and their well being, there will be understanding of the sensitivity of the family situation. We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time.”

Not sure how much of an “agreement” this was. And obviously this is temporary until they finish their investigation of Pitt, but man. What did he do?! All we can do is speculate but if your mind goes to dark places, maybe it’s something we won’t ever want to know, nor do we have that right. But these tidbits of info that are getting leaked and released are only going to wind us up more.

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Pitt has been under investigation over an altercation with eldest son Maddox, which happened during a flight on Sept. 14. The incident prompted an anonymous call to Children and Family Services in Los Angeles, that alleged Maddox was the victim of both physical and verbal abuse from his father.

Before all this went down, it’s safe to assume that most of us thought their marriage and family was picture-perfect — which was so clearly not the case. Because, let’s just speculate here: would one incident on a plane be enough to make them call it quits, without any sort of therapy or counselling or professional help? Maybe. But maybe not. Which makes it seem, to us at least, that it was more than just a one-time thing. And that makes us sad.

Perhaps one day they’ll be friendly exes, for their own sake and for the well-being of their kids. For now, though, all we can do is hope the children’s best interest remains their top priority, and that they can keep the messiness to a minimum.

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