I wrote earlier that her rep has been silent but after waiting a day, they've finally decided to give more information.
Exclusive: Brad Pitt is "sad and frustrated" that he didn't see his kids on Thanksgiving. https://t.co/QITbK072T7 pic.twitter.com/fAxu3C3w4V— Us Weekly (@usweekly) November 30, 2016
The most wonderful time of the year? Not for Brad Pitt. In the new issue of Us Weekly, a Pitt friend says the "sad and frustrated" Allied star, 52, spent Thanksgiving with a pal — not the six children he shares with estranged wife Angelina Jolie.
While Pitt had a Friendsgiving in Turks and Caicos, Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne spent November 24 at their mom's’ place in L.A. "They had a nice family dinner,” says a Jolie source. “It was quiet.”
The guest list was kid-approved too. Continues the source, “The children did not request to be with Brad on Thanksgiving.” The Pitt friend counters that the decision is Jolie’s alone: “Angie could have had him there if she wanted.”
Both the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the FBI have closed their inquiries into a September incident in which Pitt allegedly got physical with one of his kids aboard a private plane. But despite the exoneration, Jolie, 41, continues to keep her ex at arm’s length from the children, who reside with the Maleficent star. “Everything is on her terms,” claims a Pitt insider. “It has been a difficult time for Brad.”
His days may only get harder. The Jolie source says the children, who are in therapy as per DCFS recommendations, have yet to decide where to spend Christmas. Says the Jolie source, “That will be discussed with the therapist as the holiday gets closer.”
In the 10 weeks since the split, Pitt has had just a handful of awkward, supervised visits. (Sources disagree on whether there have been more than three.) Pitt, who has joint legal custody and has filed for joint physical custody, is hoping for more face time. “He loves his kids,” the Pitt friend says. “It’s very hard to not be with them.”
and neveragain (Thanks!) shares that the original ET report was edited with a new quote from apparently Angelina's rep:
"The reports that she refused to let him see them on Thanksgiving or originally called a truce and then went back on it are all false," another source explained. "They were never planning to see Brad on Thanksgiving per the schedule created by the children and the family therapist."
So now we have an explanation from her side.
"They were never planning to see Brad on Thanksgiving per the schedule created by the children and the family therapist."
She has always been sensitive to suggestions that she is keeping the kids from Brad because she wants them to be together
I think the "Jolie source" and the new source in ET is her rep Judy Smith and the information she released was approved by Angelina.
Brad may have made progress but it looks like he has a long way to go. They're letting us know that things may not be healed in time for Christmas.
“Everything is on her terms,” “It has been a difficult time for Brad.” While her terms are actually the kids terms, it is still proof that he trusts her. He has to trust her -- his fate is in her hands.
She has been protecting him probably in more ways than we already know and he knows it better that we do. But she will defer to the family therapist on how to proceed with helping heal the children's relationship with Brad. She may want to encourage them but won't want to push them too much.
I previously speculated that his happy demeanor in Europe was because he had a good visit with the kids. Of course "good" is relative to his previous ones. But he will undoubtedly have better visits with the family therapist's guidance and Angelina's help. It is only now, free from other obligations and restrictions, that he can devote himself full time to healing his relationship with his children.
The slow progress so far indicates just how delicate the situation is. They have to be very careful and they have to very patient. They want things to be as quiet and peaceful as possible. And this is critical for Brad's sake not Angelina's.
I am curious what is the trigger for a response from a rep versus just "a person close to." The following tweet from Gossip Cop caught my attention because it was the rare "rep" denial.
EXCLUSIVE - Rep: Brad Pitt, Kate Hudson "Hooking Up" Cover Story Is "Fabricated" https://t.co/bdsE1xiX5Z
After quoting from the article in question it says:
A rep for the actor exclusively tells Gossip Cop that this cover story is “completely fabricated” and has “ZERO truth” to it. And, we’ve also learned the tabloid didn’t bother reaching out for a comment on the accuracy of its allegations.
Ever since they jettisoned TMZ, whenever she wants to give a quote, Angelina's rep has preferred to speak to Us and ET than other sites. People almost from the start has had trouble getting access to her. But to be fair to People, it omitted saying that Angelina did not invite or call Brad -- which Us did earlier. I think the story that People posted about Brad having a restful and relaxing trip conformed to the script they wanted.