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Is Jennifer Aniston really helping Brad Pitt get his custody of his kids in his court battle with Angelina Jolie? That's the premise of a tabloid story, but there is no merit to the claims. Gossip Cop can debunk the report.

The latest edition of NW announces a "courtroom showdown with Angelina." A headline with a fake quote blares, "Jen: 'I'll Help Brad Get His Kids Back!'" The article claims Pitt is "ensuring he gains permanent joint custody by unleashing a secret weapon in court — his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston!" It's alleged "the OG Mrs Pitt" has said "she'll take the stand to defend the devoted dad."

"Jen is appalled at the way Brad's being treated and will do anything she can to get him through this," a so-called "insider" is quoted as saying. The magazine's untraceable source goes on, "She's more than willing to stand up as a character witness and reiterate that Brad is a dedicated, responsible dad who lives a clean and sober life." To that end, the outlet maintains Pitt and Aniston "have been in constant contact for months and are rock-solid confidants who speak most days."

Contends the purported tipster, "Jen has been so touched by Brad's dedication and devotion towards his kids. She figures standing up for him before a judge is the least she could do." The publication concludes by editorializing, "Poor Brad... but at least he has Jen fighting [in] his corner!" Tellingly, the tabloid makes no mention of Aniston and Pitt being "married in Paris," which is what it claimed (albeit wrongly) in a March cover story.

As Gossip Cop noted then, People had already reported (and we verified) that Pitt and Aniston haven't seen one another "in ages," and they don't keep "in regular contact." In June, Aniston's own friend Portia de Rossi again confirmed that she and Pitt hadn't seen each other. de Rossi also blasted the gossip media for continuing to falsely link them.

So, given that exes have not kept in touch in any significant manner, it hardly makes sense to claim Aniston can serve as a "character witness" in his custody battle with Jolie. Aniston and Pitt divorced in 2005, and they had no children together, so she did not witness him in a fatherly capacity. Aniston later infamously accused Pitt of missing a "sensitivity chip," and in 2011, Pitt was forced to clarify after he seemingly dissed her and their marriage.

Then in 2013, Pitt copped to doing drugs during his marriage to Aniston. So, between their sordid history and the current distance between them, it's readily apparent that the actress would not be able to provide testimony that would depict him as a "devoted dad." Aniston has stayed completely uninvolved in Pitt's custody battle with Jolie thus far, and there is no legitimate reason for that to change. And it won't.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.

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