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Brad Pitt flew to France alone; Angelina offers Brad $90 Million for sole custody of the kids
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Published on 19 Apr. 2009 1:51 AM IST
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After having a heated argument with Angelina Jolie shortly before Easter, Brad flew thousands of miles away to Marseilles - alone.“What could he be doing in France that’s so important that he couldn’t be with his kids?” airport employee Marie LeGrand, who spotted Brad on April 9, tells In Touch. According to friends, Brad’s excuse to Angelina was that he needed to check on renovations being done at Chateau Miraval, their $70 million mansion near Aix-en-Provence. But privately, Brad confided to the friend that he needed space “and time away from her.” As In Touch has reports, Brad, 45, and Angelina, 33, are fighting so much that they aren’t even sleeping in the same bed. And the couple hasn’t been seen together publicly since February 25, when they took their kids to see The Lion King in New York City. “That must be very confusing for the children,” Dr. Gilda Carle, author of the new e-book 99 Prescriptions for Fidelity tells In Touch. “All of this instability is unhealthy. They need to see their parents together.” Brad is becoming more disconnected from Angie every day. She’s been busy filming Salt in New York, but in the rare moments she is home, “She scream nonstop at him,” a pal reveals. Brad resents her because he’s been playing Mr. Mom to Maddox, 7, Pax, 5, Zahara, 4, Shiloh, 2, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 9 months, for the last six weeks. “He’s absolutely burned out,” his close friend explains. “And he’s tired of picking up the slack for Angelina.” But Dr. Gilda says that running away is never the answer: “They have to communicate their feelings” before it’s too late. Angelina Jolie is trying to buy custody of her six children with Brad Pitt in order to avoid a potentially messy custody battle, according to a new report. With rumours continuing to fly that their four-year relationship is all but over, it's claimed the Changeling star is keen to ensure that Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne stay with her. A source tells Britain's Look magazine, “The children are Angelina’s life. “I think she’s already resigned herself to the fact she and Brad may not weather this storm and she’s prepared to do anything to keep them. “From the start, Angelina made it clear that money was no object and she’d fight tooth and nail for sole custody of all children. “The fact remains she wants them with her on a daily basis. To ensure this, Angelina sat Brad down and calmly informed him she was prepared to make a one-off, no questions asked $90m payout to him if he’d agree to forgo a nasty custody battle. “Angelina is always jetting off all over the world and she has homes in several countries, whereas Brad is more settled in the US. She wants to make it clear the kids will be mostly with her.” Incidentally, $90 million is more than Angelina's current net worth, according to the most recent estimations. Still, according to the story, Brad turned down the offer without hesitation. "Of course, Brad nearly fell off his chair when she proposed the financial settlement," the source explains. "I think he thought she was joking for a while and told her to stop being so ridiculous. “He rejected the offer and sad in the event of a permanent split, he intends to for - at the least - joint custody and a promise that all children will be raised and educated primarily in the United States near his family.” “Despite their differences Angelina thinks Brad is a brilliant father. But he has been insulted and above all hurt that despite all he and Angelina have shared together and the children they’ve had, it’s coming down to money.”

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