As Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce drama continues, new facts continue to emerge with regard to the split, as well as how the custody battle surrounding their six children has impacted the stars.
From the federal investigation into Pitt to the current status of both parties’ ongoing legal dealings, here are four things ET has learned about the former power couple’s high-profile breakup.
1. It’s unlikely Pitt and Jolie have been speaking
In the wake of child abuse allegations leveled against Pitt, the Department of Children and Family Services reportedly implemented a child safety plan. ET confirms that, given the safety plan, it’s unlikely the 52-year-old star has been in contact with Jolie directly, as any communication would likely need to go through both parties’ attorneys.
2. The federal investigation remains open
ET confirms that the federal criminal investigation into child abuse claims is still ongoing, despite some reports to the contrary, and that the FBI has not yet interviewed members of the family during the course of its investigation. The FBI tells ET that it is “continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued.”
3. Jolie’s brother is not the caretaker of the kids
Regarding tabloid reports that Jolie’s brother, James Haven, has been serving as a caretaker for the pair’s six children, ET has learned the claims aren’t true. Give the tumultuous nature of the divorce, many friends and family are contributing their time to help and visit with the kids, including Haven, but claims that he’s the children’s caretaker are inaccurate. He’s simply one of many people close to the family who are assisting during this difficult time.
4. It is still unclear if Pitt has seen the kids
A recent report that Pitt saw his children last week, for the first time since Jolie filed for divorce on Sept. 19, is incorrect. However, it’s still unclear if the actor has seen his children at all, or if he is likely to anytime soon.
Pitt and Jolie agreed to a temporary custody deal at the end of last month, which is in effect until Oct. 20. Sources tell ET Jolie and Pitt each volunteered to participate in individual counseling, and Pitt also agreed to undergo drug and alcohol testing, though he was not required to.