Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are not "very close" to finalizing their custody agreement. Gossip Cop can bust this wrong rumor for the second time.
In a story on its website on Saturday, In Touch contends the estranged spouses have "finally found some middle ground when it comes to their custody battle." The tabloid deems this a "win" for Pitt, since Jolie was initially seeking sole custody. But now the tabloid maintains "the former couple is actually close to finalizing their divorce" with a plan to share custody.
These allegations are based on sister outlet Life & Style, which features the same claims in its latest issue. A so-called "source" is quoted as saying, "Brad and Angelina are near an amicable agreement on the kids. They're in a better place than they have been in a long time and should be settling their divorce and custody agreement by sometime in February."
Notably, neither gossip magazine has any details on what the supposed agreement entails. That's probably because the outlets don't actually have accurate insight on such matters. As Gossip Cop reported days ago when Celebrity Insider picked up the contentions and further asserted Pitt was "heading to court next month," nothing had significantly changed in the situation. Pitt has been regularly seeing his kids for the last year, and he and Jolie are not substantially closer to finalizing their divorce and establishing a permanent custody schedule.
In fact, Gossip Cop was specifically told by insiders on both sides that negotiations are basically in, what one termed, "a holding pattern." And only two weeks ago, Pitt and Jolie filed papers to privately settle their divorce and custody with a private judge. So, to say they are "very close" to finalizing an agreement is actually very wrong.
Also wrong are the various claims that fill out the rest of the In Touch tale. The publication goes on to bring up debunked assertions about Jolie preventing Pitt from seeing his children over the holidays, as well as an untrue allegation about her being "headed toward a complete physical meltdown." There's also nonsense about Pitt "turning to his ex, Jennifer Aniston, for emotional support."
Gossip Cop has busted that fabrication multiple times with Pitt and Aniston's reps on the record. The tabloid ends its online article by expressing, "Well, we hope Angie and Brad will soon be able to put this nasty period behind them." Considering the gossip media continually portrays Jolie and Pitt as being at each other's throats with never-ending disputes, it's an odd comment.
The nastiness continually comes from the gossip media and its ilk. Everyone, including Pitt and Jolie themselves, would be better off without it, especially when it's largely erroneous. And even though this is a more positive narrative, it's not any more true than what's come before it. UPDATE: February came and went, and as we reported, Pitt and Jolie were not close to settling their divorce and custody agreement, as alleged by the tabloid.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.