The cover of one of this week's tabloids claims Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's six kids are "trapped" like prisoners in their mom's home. The story is completely baseless. Gossip Cop can correct it.
The estranged spouses have been engaged in a custody battle over their children for quite some time, but according to OK!, the situation is "so much worse than anyone knows." An alleged insider tells the magazine, "Angelina is determined to come out of this on top, and that means masterminding a new war against Brad to make sure the kids stay with her."
The questionable source goes on to say that Jolie is "spoiling [the kids] with new toys and fun days out," but the situation looks different behind closed doors. "Angelina has a team of six nannies, four security guards and 14 lawyers indirectly tasked with keeping the kids away from Brad," says the suspicious tipster. "The word is she has tight security to make sure they don't try to run away. The nannies keep the kids entertained, but also report back to Angelina if they ask about their dad."
The supposed insider further contends that those close to Pitt fear his estranged wife "could be poisoning [the kids] with lies about their father." The "source" goes on to say that despite a judge recently ruling it's important for the children to have a relationship with Pitt, "it doesn't seem like that's stopping her from trying to turn them against their dad."
Although Pitt and Jolie's custody battle has been complicated at at times contentious, the tabloid's account of events is entirely inaccurate. Gossip Cop checked in with a source close to the situation, who tells us on the condition of anonymity that the magazine's report is untrue. Jolie isn't treating her children like prisoners in their own home, nor is she trying to convince them that their father is some sort of villain.
People magazine, a much more reputable celebrity news outlet than OK!, also recently reported that Jolie "remains focused on healing her family" and "continues to support the reconciliation of the children with Brad." E! News similarly noted that Jolie "remains committed to helping the kids heal with" Pitt. There are several issues that need to be worked out in terms of a custody arrangement, but Jolie isn't vindictively scheming to turn the kids against their father.
Additionally, the tabloid has already proven to have very little insight into the situation between the estranged spouses. Earlier this year, Gossip Cop busted the outlet for publishing a cover story claiming Pitt and Jolie were calling off their divorce and renewing their vows. The magazine has completely shifted narratives with this latest report, but it's no more accurate.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.