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Brad Pitt has not landed a "victory" in his custody battle with Angelina Jolie, despite a new report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this tabloid claim. Much of the article's contentions are wrong.

According to In Touch, Pitt can "claim a major victory" in his custody negotiations with Jolie. The magazine goes on to say that "after months of biding his time and biting his tongue," the actor's patience has finally "paid off." A so-called "family friend" is then quoted as saying, "Brad's finally got the kids, and he's overjoyed."

The supposed insider further maintains, "To Brad's delight, Angelina has decided to let the majority of the children, who have summer camps and a slew of other activities in the works, stay in LA with their father while she's in Britain shooting Maleficent 2." The ill-informed source alleges that Pitt became "livid" after learning their six children would remain in London while Jolie shot the Disney sequel, so "she promised Brad that he could spend longer periods of time with the kids over the summer."

The purported "friend" adds, in highly unnatural language, that Pitt is fixing up the house because "he gets such enjoyment out of seeing them cut loose at their amusement park-like former home." The questionable source notes that the actor is busy this summer filming the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Los Angeles "so that he can be home most nights" with the children. "Brad has an assortment of day and overnight trips planned with the kids over the summer," adds the "friend."

Are we supposed to believe that Pitt wanted custody of his kids this summer so that they could spend time at their "former home" with him on "most nights" and not during the day? It should be noted, film productions aren't 9 to 5 gigs. They often shoot at night. And while the tabloid throws in that there will be "an assortment of day and overnight trips," it offers no examples of what they might be.

But these are the least of the magazine's problems. The main issue, Gossip Cop is assured by a source so close to the situation, is that it's basically the complete opposite. Jolie has the kids for the summer in London while she shoots Maleficent 2. We're told Pitt can see the kids there, and there's "one exception" in which the children will spend some "brief time in Los Angeles" with him, but they'll be with Jolie for the most part.

Also, People was correct when it reported that Jolie's six kids will be with her on the Maleficent 2 set, and that they'll be "continuing their schoolwork in a designated trailer" while she's shooting. When she's not filming, the children and their mom will be together, Gossip Cop is told.

It goes without saying, but In Touch clearly doesn't have reliable Pitt or Jolie sources. Just earlier this month, Gossip Cop busted the tabloid when it reported that Jolie was "furious" that Pitt and ex-wife Jennifer Aniston were having a baby. As we noted at the time, Aniston and Pitt have not seen each other in a long time, making having a child together physically impossible. Additionally, a rep for Pitt called the magazine's story "ridiculous," while Aniston's spokesperson said the claim was "fabricated" and "absurd."

Also, it's the same magazine that ran a story more than a year ago about Jolie getting married to an unnamed British philanthropist. A good 400-plus days have passed and time has proven once again that the tabloid's alleged Jolie sources know very little, if anything, about her. Naturally, this latest article makes no mention of the mystery man or Pitt and Aniston's impending arrival. That's because it's more lies.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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