Angelina Jolie admits that Brad Pitt is a 'wonderful' father in new interview and gets emotional while saying she is 'determined' to make her family 'healthier' after divorce
Jolie's lawyer claimed Pitt, 54, hasn't paid 'meaningful' child support since the couple separated and now wants a court order forcing him to pay up
But a source close to the actor hit back, claiming he's paid millions of dollars
Friends accuse Jolie of attempting to 'smear' Pitt as a 'deadbeat dad'
The A-listers, who share six children, split in September 2016
The once golden couple of Hollywood, seen here in 2015, have been embroiled in a messy divorce since September 2016 with custody of their children at the heart of the battle
The friends spoke out after Jolie filed papers in a public court on Tuesday accusing her ex of failing to support their children financially since the split.
'The divorce case has been held in front of a private judge to keep it out of the press,' one friend said.
'But she filed in LA Superior Court knowing that it would go public and that he would be made out to be a deadbeat dad — which he isn’t.
Another added: 'Brad has completely lived up to his commitments as far as child support and will continue to do so.'
Another insider told People that the 54-year-old actor had in fact provided financial support in an amount 'far more than any informal agreement would stipulate and far more than any judge would have ordered paid if there had been such an order.'
Jolie is asking the court to force her third husband to pay up.
'Given the informal arrangements around the payment of the children's expenses have not been regularly sustained by [Pitt] for over a year and a half, [Jolie] intends to file an RFO for the establishment of a retroactive child support order,' the filing says.
She asked the judge to arrange a meeting to discuss the issue.
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Jolie is also asking that the divorce be finalized this year.
A spokesperson for the actress told People she wants '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.'
Jolie’s net worth has been estimated at $160 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth and in 2014, she was ranked 74th highest-earning celebrity by Forbes. The same site puts Pitt's net worth at $240 million.
Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016 citing irreconcilable differences.
It's been nearly two years since their shocking split was announced. Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016 citing irreconcilable differences.
It came amid allegations that Pitt had been 'rough' with one of their children on a private plane. Pitt was investigated but cleared of all wrongdoing.
It started months of often nasty exchanges and the couple are still 'not even close to settling their divorce', according to E! News.
Pitt and Jolie share six children - pictured in 2006 with daughter Zahara, second left, and son Maddox. They are parents to Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox
Attorneys for Jolie filed legal paperwork Tuesday seeking a court order for Pitt to pay child support and for the divorce to be finalized this year
'They are so hung up on dealing with the custody issues' that the rest of the proceedings have not yet advanced, according to the site.
The duo's divorce has apparently ground to a halt over disagreements about how much time Pitt gets with their six children; Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, Vivienne, 10 and Knox, 10.
And it's these discussions that have held up the rest of the divorce proceedings -such as division of assets - with E!'s sources describing the process as being at 'kind of at an impasse at this point'.
And according to UsWeekly, a major reason for the holdup is the Maleficent actress' resentment towards her World War Z star ex.
'She can't see past her anger for Brad that he is on his way to getting joint custody,' said the magazine's source.
Jolie is allegedly making the divorce negotiations and child custody battle very hostile and has been 'out for blood' ever since her September 2016 divorce filing.
A source connected to the Fury actor told TMZ that they believe the Maleficent actress wants 'to kill any relationship he has with his kids'.
Brad & Angelina bring three of six children to Japan in 2013
They also claim that there has been a lot of screaming on Jolie's part, adding, 'She's fueled with anger and has gotten ridiculously unreasonable.'
It's become so bad that the mother-of-six's lawyer Laura Wasser, who has represented many divorcing celebrities over the years, is apparently going to quit and has 'made it known' to Jolie she fells the process has become too 'venomous'.
Wasser, who has worked for stars such as Ashton Kutcher during his split from Demi Moore, Heidi Klum and Seal as well as Mariah Carey amid her divorce from Nick Cannon, promotes settlements and co-parenting.
TMZ claims the Wanted actress has already hired another law firm to take over when Wasser officially leaves.
However, Angelina's people have disputed that account.
'I've spoken directly to Laura,' Jolie's spokesperson told PEOPLE. 'The TMZ story is not true. She's not quitting now or in the future.'
Jolie is currently filming the sequel to Maleficent, in London, while Pitt films Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, in LA.
'Dynamite recordings' of Angelina Jolie 'could dent her bid to get primary custody of her six children during bitter divorce with Brad Pitt '
Angelina Jolie said in new interview Brad Pitt was a 'wonderful' father
Declared she, Pitt and their six children will 'always be a family' despite divorcing
Jolie said that she is still 'determined' to make her family 'healthier'
At the time Pitt was investigated by the Department of Children and Family Service for a incident that happened between him and Maddox
Maddox, 15, is the couple's oldest child and was adopted from Cambodia, the setting of Jolie's new film 'First They Killed My Father'
He worked on the film as did son Pax, 13, who did the still photography
Opening up: Angelina Jolie was asked in a new interview (above) if she still believed Brad Pitt was a 'wonderful' father despite filing for divorce
Moving forward: The actress said 'of course' Pitt was a wonderful father before adding that she, her ex and their six children will 'always be a family'
Jolie also got emotional at one point when asked about the health of her family in the five months since she made the decision to file for divorce.
'We are ... we are focusing on the health of our family. And so we will be [healthier],' said Jolie.
'We will be stronger when we come out of this, because that's what we're determined to do. '
Jolie spent part of the interview speaking about her six children with Pitt, including son Maddox who was adopted from Cambodia, the country where she filmed her new movie.
The film, which Jolie directed, is about the 1.7million Cambodians who are believed to have been killed under the Khmer Rogue and Pol Pot, the leader of the country's Communist party.
Some believe as many as 3million may have been killed under the dictatorship, which came to power and 1963 and committed their mass genocide a decade later.
Close to a quarter of the population died, and as Jolie explained everyone in the country was affected as a result.
That is why she wanted to work with Maddox on the picture.
'I don’t know much of my child’s birth parents but I believe they would have gone through this war,' said Jolie.
'I wanted to understand him and his culture in a deeper way and I wanted to bring this story to this country in their language.'
And Maddox was with her every step of the way she told Stephanopoulos.
'I talked to Maddox about this film and about doing it, and it was him in the final hour who said he was ready, and that he wanted to understand more, and that he wanted to work on it, and he wanted me to make it,' said Jolie.
'Being with him on set and studying the history of this country with him and being with his people was extraordinary.'
She also added that her son Pax worked on the film as well doing the 'still photography.'
Back in the day: Jolie said that she is still 'determined' to make her family 'healthier' after deciding to file for divorce back in September (family above in June 2015)
Big day: Maddox, 15, is the couple's oldest child and was adopted from Cambodia, the setting of Jolie's new film 'First They Killed My Father' (Jolie over the weekend at the film's premiere with Shiloh and Maddox behind her)
Jolie spoke earlier in the interview about what an 'honor' it was to not only be let into the country to film, but also to tell the history of the Cambodian people.
On that note she was asked about refugees, and her opinion of allowing them into our country in the wake of Trump's immigrant ban, which he may reinstate under new guidelines in the near future.
'Who are we? We are people as Americans who represent the world and we have to understand who these people are we're speaking of,' said Jolie.
'And we have to remain tolerant and open and base our policies on facts and civil rights and human rights.'
She then spoke about Loung Ung, the Cambodian human rights activist who wrote the screenplay and was just 5-years-old when she was forced to flee her village because of the Khmer Rogue.
'She is a proud american citizen who has contributed, who makes our country better by her existence and her citizenship,' said Jolie of Ung, who came over to the United States as child.
Jolie later said of the immigrant ban: 'To use fear tactics and summarize groups of people based on their backgrounds based on their religion and to accuse them all of being people we should be afraid of is policy based on fear and is not nearly close to the reality of what is happening and who these people are.'
On a lighter note, Jolie was also asked if she thought Pax and Maddox might be entering the film world after their experience on set.
'I don't know. I think they would probably rather be musicians. I don't know how they feel about film,' said Jolie.
'I think they like the adventure of the crew and they like to be in the thick of it.'
Eat up: Jolie (above eating a scorpion) also spoke about her children's love of bugs in the interview
Snack: Jolie said her daughter Shiloh (seen above last week) 'loves a tarantula, loves a bug'
'It's really nice': Angelina Jolie eats a spider in Cambodia
And she also spoke about her children's love of bugs, specifically Shiloh who 'loves a tarantula.'
Jolie said she is currently learning to cook bugs with more 'flair' for the children.
On Saturday, Jolie made her first official appearance in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for the premiere of First They Killed My Father.
She was joined by her children Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10 and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Maddox was adopted in 2002 from an orphanage in Cambodia, where Jolie filmed the Tomb Raider movie.
In an interview before the film's premiere last week, Jolie said: 'We’ve been coming back and forth for 17 years, it feels like a second home to me. The children have close ties to the children here, many of them are their best friends.
She then added: 'Maddox is happy to be back in his country.'
Investigation Into Alleged Child Abuse By Brad Pitt Led To Angelina Jolie Filing For Divorce (Video)
Brad, 52, has 'been cleared by the DCFS' that found no abuse
A rep for the actress, 41, says she is prepared to offer evidence in court he did commit abuse if there's a custody battle
Pitt was interviewed for weeks as was Jolieand their six children
The DCFS was called after an alleged fight on a private jet in September
On Wednesday evening Pitt walked the red carpet at the LA premiere of his new film Allied
'Recordings' of Angelina Jolie 'could dent her bid to get primary custody of her six children' as bitter divorce with Brad Pitt takes another dramatic twist
A source told the paper: 'We believe audio tapes exist of Angelina that would be absolutely dynamite against her if they were to be made public.
'Nobody wants to play dirty like that but Angelina and her team seem absolutely hell-bent on trying to discredit Brad in order to stop him getting full custody.'
They added: 'Yes, there was an argument on a plane between him and Maddox, but that's it. It's not abuse.'
Rumbling on: According to The Sun , the rumoured tapes could prove highly embarrassing for the star as it's claimed she intends to prove Brad did strike one of their children
MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for comment.
The latest news comes as it was revealed Angelina, 41, is prepared to fight Brad in court to win custody of their six children.
Following the news Wednesday that the Ocean's Eleven star has been cleared of abuse allegations by the LA County Department Of Children And Family Services, a rep for the actress told TMZ she's prepared to present evidence to a judge that he did commit abuse.
Jolie doesn't want to share custody with her ex but Pitt shows no signs of backing down from his stated determination to seek joint physical and legal custody of Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
Law enforcement sources revealed Wednesday it had been decided that the 52-year-old actor had not committed child abuse when he got into an altercation with Maddox aboard a private jet in late September.
Brad hit his first red carpet since his shocking late September split from Angelina.
On Wednesday evening the actor joined Marion Cotillard at the Los Angeles premiere of his WWII drama Allied.
Back in circulation: Brad, 52, who walked the red carpet at the LA premiere of his new movie Allied on Wednesday night, had remained out of the spotlight after claims he abused son Maddox, 15, on a private jet in September
And Brad - who wasn't wearing his wedding ring - spent a lot of time signing autographs for fans, and was grateful for their 'kindness' as he spoke with them.
He told E! News : 'It's really sweet, everyone has been really kind out here. It's really nice to have all the support.'
Jolie filed for divorce just days after the incident and on Friday Pitt formally filed a response to her petition in Los Angeles.
A rep for the Maleficent star moved quickly to tell TMZ: 'Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal.'
Investigation closed: A rep for the actress told TMZ she's prepared to present evidence to a judge that he did abuse one of the kids if he continues to seek joint custody of their six children
Jolie currently has primary physical custody and Brad has monitored visitation.
Now that the DCFS investigation is closed, the former couple will have to battle it out in court if they can't come to an agreement privately.
Meanwhile, Pitt has made his first public appearances since news of the divorce broke six week ago.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt look loved up through the years
Support: On Tuesday, Pitt was seen for the first time since the plane incident as he joined pal and Ocean's Eleven co-star Julia Roberts for an LA screening of the movie Moonlight
Brad Pitt says he's 'doing good' as he signs fans autographs
On Tuesday, the actor, 52, joined pal and Ocean's Eleven co-star Julia Roberts for an LA screening of the movie Moonlight, which he is executive producing for his company Plan B.
Then on Wednesday, he walked the red carpet at the LA premiere for his new film Allied.
He signed autographs for fans and also posed for pictures with his co-star, French actress Marion Cotillard.
High expectations: Pitt stars with French actress Marion Cotillard in the World War Two spy thriller that opens in theatres the day after Thanksgiving
Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt in pulsating trailer for Allied
Brad Pitt 'investigated for child abuse after allegedly getting physical with his children while wasted on private jet'
Brad Pitt is being investigated for allegedly getting physically and verbally abusive with one his and Angelina Jolie's children during a flight last Wednesday, September 14.
The accusation led to Jolie filing for divorce Monday, September 19, from her husband of two years.
PEOPLE reports that the incident in question happened on the couple's private jet. Pitt is said to have been intoxicated at the time.
Someone anonymously reported what happened, sparking an investigation by the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services.
"The DCFS investigation is absolutely ongoing," a source told PEOPLE. "Brad has been interviewed and is cooperating fully. The case remains open."
A source close to Pitt told TMZ "He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," adding, "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."
Jolie and Pitt were married in 2014, but have been together for 12 years. They have six children - Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8.
Jolie cited irreconcilable differences in her divorce documents. She is seeking sole physical custody of the children.
BREAKING: Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt and requests sole custody of the couple's six children
Brad Pitt is under investigation for child abuse after he allegedly got "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of his children with Angelina Jolie on the couple's private plane while their other kids were present, PEOPLE confirms.
The Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services are both investigating after someone anonymously reported the incident last Wednesday on the tarmac, a source tells PEOPLE.
Pitt is accused of getting verbally abusive with one of the couple's kids, as well as getting "physical," a source says. Jolie was present at the time, along with at least some of their other children.
The report allegedly indicates he had been drinking at the time of the incident.
Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt
Another source says that Pitt did not return to the L.A. family home with Jolie and the children after the incident. That wasn't unusual, says the source – Pitt would often spend the night at a hotel after arguments with Jolie.
TMZ first reported news of the child services investigation.
A source close to Pitt tells PEOPLE that that he is not taking the investigation lightly.
"He takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children," the source says. "It's unfortunate that people involved are continuing to present him in the worst possible light."
Jolie, 41, filed for divorce and requested sole physical custody of the couple's six children – Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 . In documents filed in court on Monday, Jolie cited irreconcilable differences in ending their marriage of two years.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with children (from left) Pax, Zahara, Knox, Shiloh and Maddox
She listed the date of separation as September 15, a day after Pitt's alleged blowup.
"So Brave" Breast Cancer Survivor Sheryl Crow Leads The Way As Stars Rush To Support ANGELINA JOLIE Following Double MASTECTOMY
Beautiful actress Angelina Jolie lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer, so it's easy to understand her reasons for wanting to prevent herself from contracting the disease.
Jolie first had a double mastectomy a couple of years ago. Recently she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after a small benign tumor was discovered on one of her ovaries.
In an op-ed piece with The New York Times, Angelina described her motivation to take preemptive measures.
I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren.
I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours. The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful.
Fellow survivor: Sheryl Crowe has praised Angelina Jolie for her admission that she underwent a double mastectomy to protect herself from breast cancer, calling her 'so brave'
Stars have rushed to share their support and admiration for Angelina Jolie following her announcement that she has undergone a preventative double mastectomy.
Leading the way is Sheryl Crow, who herself beat breast cancer in 2006.
The country singer praised Angelina for speaking openly about her decision to undergo the operation after she was found to have an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer.
In a post on Twitter, Sheryl said: 'I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy.
The 51-year-old musician was given the all-clear after undergoing a lumpectomy and six-and-a-half weeks of radiation treatment in 2006, and she now hopes Angelina's moving story will inspire other women to get checked out.
Sheryl tweeted: 'Ladies, please check out Angelina Jolie's story today, especially if you have breast cancer in your family history.'
And fellow survivor Giuliana Rancic added: 'Proud of her for using her incredible platform to educate women.'
Support: Messages backing Angelina in the wake of her announcement
Burlesque beauty Dita did the same, posting: 'Angelina's admirable, informative letter, a must-read.'