Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are, objectively, two of the best looking people on the planet.
It is therefore ironic that their divorce proceedings have taken a turn for the very very ugly.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jolie raised the stakes in her legal battle against Pitt by filing court documents that accused the actor of basically stiffing her out of child support payments.
Despite the stars not even having a formal financial arrangement in regard to their six children, an attorney for Jolie said in a two-page brief that Pitt “has paid no meaningful child support since separation.”
She added that her famous client intends to file for the “establishment of a retroactive child support order.”
This is a pretty damning accusation, as it managed to paint Pitt as both a bad father and as a cheapskate.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that Pitt has now fired back.
On Wednesday, Pitt detailed (through his own set of legal papers) how he lent Jolie approximately $ 8 million to help her purchase her current house.
He also says he paid more than $ 1.3 million in bills for the benefit of her and their kids: Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
In full, Pitt’s response reads as follows:
“There is no need for a Case Management Conference to schedule a hearing or filing deadlines regarding child support.
“[Pitt] adamantly disputes the contention that he has not paid significant child support.
“[Pitt] has previously loaned [Jolie] $ 8 million to assist her in purchasing her current residence and has paid over $ 1.3 million in bills for the benefit of [Jolie] and the minor children.”
Aside from this rundown, however, Pitt’s attorney also said Jolie’s filing is “unnecessary, omits material information and is a thinly-veiled effort to manipulate media coverage.”
Like we said, things have turned very ugly.
And also very personal.
Jolie alleges to have proof that Pitt is an unfit father, but we have yet to see it.
Some have argued for some time now that Jolie is simply trying to make her estranged husband look as terrible as possible in order to win full custody of her kids.
This allegation goes way back to when Pitt was investigated by the FBI for an alleged altercation between himself and his teenage son Maddox right around the time the stars separated in September 2016.
The actor was never found to have acted illegally or inappropriate, not in any official manner.
Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt nearly two years ago, citing irreconcilable differences.
The split seemed relatively calm and amicable for awhile, most notably just this past June when Jolie and Pitt reached a new temporary custody agreement.
It laid out all of the dates during the summer that the actor will have custody of the six kids.
A spokesperson for the actress released a statement shortly afterward which aimed to dispel the notion that Jolie was trying to paint Pitt with a negative brush in the press.
“From the start, Angelina has been focused only on [the kids’] health and needs, which is why it was so important that this last court hearing be conducted privately,” this statement, in regard to leaks, read.
“It’s deplorable that someone, for their own selfish reasons, leaked selective portions of the confidential and sealed court record to create an inaccurate and unfair picture of what is really happening.”
We’re not even trying to take sides here.
We just think it’s very depressing that it has come to this for the couple formerly known as Brangelina, don’t you?