Why are Brad Pitt’s children distancing themselves from him?

Brad Pitt’s children are one by one changing their names from Pitt to Jolie (Picture: WireImage/Getty/Metro.co.uk)

Brad Pitt’s relationship with his children appears to have grown increasingly fractured since his and Angelina Jolie’s 2016 split.

The Babylon actor 60, and the Maleficent actress, 48, share six children: Maddox, 22, Pax, 20, Zahara, 19, Shiloh, 18, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 15, having adopted the eldest three.

But slowly his children – who all began with Pitt as their surname – are changing their names to Jolie instead.

Days ago – and on her 18th birthday – Shiloh filed paperwork to change her name to Shiloh Jolie, dropping Pitt from her last name, according to TMZ.

A source told People he is ‘aware and upset’ of the change.

‘He’s aware and upset that Shiloh dropped his last name. He’s never felt more joy than when she was born. He always wanted a daughter,’ the source said.

Angelina Jolie and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt

Shiloh is the first to legally seek to change her name – which she did on her 18th birthday (Picture: Mario Cartelli/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire)
Jolie and Pitt adopted Maddox, Pax, and Zahara (Picture: STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Zahara is Pitt and Jolie’s eldest daughter, who they adopted before welcoming Shiloh.

‘The reminders that he’s lost his children, is of course not easy for Brad. He loves his children and misses them. It’s very sad,’ they added.

While Shiloh – the pair’s first biological child together, having adopted Maddox, Pax and Zahara – is the first to legally seek a name change, some of their other children have also taken steps away from their father in recent years.

Vivienne dropped her dad’s last name on the playbill for her musical The Outsiders, appearing just as Vivienne Jolie.

Meanwhile, Zahara joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority as Zahara Markey Jolie at Spelman College in November while introducing herself.

Why are Brad Pitt’s children changing their names to Jolie?

In 2022, a source told People Brad was hoping to improve his relationship with his children, which has been in ‘a bad situation for years.’

‘Since Angelina filed for divorce, Brad has been focused on having the best relationship possible with his kids. It’s been very difficult for him. Many times, there have been long gaps where he didn’t see the kids at all,’ the insider said.

Once Hollywood’s most famous couple, everything crumbled following a private plane journey from France to California, in which Jolie accused her husband of being drunk and aggressive.

She claims he grabbed her by the head, injured her back and elbow, choked one of their children, and struck another. 

The altercation was said to have started between him and one of his children, which escalated into a physical fight, in which he poured beer and wine over his family, Jolie claimed.

Five days later Jolie filed for divorce.

The couple split in 2016 just days after an incident on a private plane (Picture: Jun Sato/WireImage)

Authorities received an anonymous tip off about the incident, sparking an FBI investigation, which was ultimately closed with no charges made.

Pitt has always denied all the claims made against him, and previously responded to them via a statement from his lawyer, which read: ‘Brad has owned everything he’s responsible for from day one – unlike the other side – but he’s not going to own anything he didn’t do.’  

‘He has been on the receiving end of every type of personal attack and misrepresentation.’ 

In 2020, Brad’s friends flocked to support him after a then 16-year-old Pax shared a scathing Father’s Day message, written on top of a picture of the actor collecting his Oscar for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

‘Happy Father’s Day to this world-class a**hole,’ he said.

‘You time and time again prove yourself to be a terrible and despicable person.’

In the post, unearthed by MailOnline, Pax went on: ‘You have no consideration or empathy towards your four youngest children who tremble in fear when in your presence.

‘You will never understand the damage you have done to my family because you are incapable of doing so.’

Angelina Jolie and Pax

In 2020 Pax wrote a scathing father’s day message for Pitt (Picture: Michael Kovac/WireImage )

Pax concluded: ‘You have made the lives of those closest to me a constant hell. You may tell yourself and the world whatever you want but the truth will come to light someday.

‘So Happy Father’s Day, you f*****g awful human being.’

Jolie adopted him from a Vietnamese orphanage in 2007 with Brad formally adopting him a year later.

People in Brad’s inner circle branded the allegations a ‘depressing smear’.

Angelina Jolie has claimed Brad Pitt’s alleged abuse predated the 2016 plane journey

During a current legal dispute over their Miraval winery, the Tomb Raider actress recently claimed Pitt’s alleged abuse predated the infamous plane journey.

‘Pitt’s history of physical abuse of Jolie started well before the family’s plane trip from France to Los Angeles… this flight marked the first time he turned his physical abuse on the children as well,’ her attorneys claim in court papers released in April, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The papers went on to claim Jolie has evidence of ‘Pitt’s history of physical abuse of the family and control abuse of Jolie’ and it also alleged the children continue to experience ‘significant and ongoing post-traumatic stress’.

Attorneys for Jolie referred to the ‘history of abuse, control and cover-ups’ and claimed the actress has ‘testimony, emails, photographs, and other evidence’ which they claim will show how Pitt tried to conceal his behaviour if they come to trial.

Pitt has always denied all claims against him.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

The Hollywood couple were together for 10 years (Picture: Fred Duval/FilmMagic)

Angelina Jolie claims Pitt attempted to make her sign an NDA

In the recent motion filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, Jolie claimed she tried to sell Pitt her stake in the wine business, but negotiations ultimately broke down after he conditioned the sale on his ex-wife signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

They claim the NDA ‘prohibited Jolie from speaking (other than in court) about Pitt’s abuse of Jolie and their children by attempting to tie Pitt’s personal reputation to Miraval’s business.’

The Hollywood actress claimed she agreed to sign an NDA that was ‘limited to not disparaging Miraval’s wine business’ as part of her agreement to sell Pitt her stake in the company.

The filing added: ‘At trial, Jolie will prove through testimony, emails, photographs, and other evidence why Pitt was so concerned about his own misconduct that he blew up his own deal to purchase Jolie’s interest in Miraval because she refused to agree to his new, expansive NDA.’

The documents went on to state the Eternals actress didn’t press charges in relation to the alleged altercation on the plane because she believed ‘the best course was for Pitt to accept responsibility and help the family recover from the post-traumatic stress he caused.’

The winery dispute was sparked when Jolie sold her half to Tenute del Mondo, a subsidiary of Stoli Group.

Pitt then sued her in 2022 for allegedly going against an agreement he said they had made not to sell up without getting approval from the other.

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