It was intended as an early eighth birthday present for their son Maddox. But Angelina Jolie’s decision to take the little boy to what Brad Pitt saw a dangerous war zone brought on one of the troubled couple’s biggest fights yet. According to a close associate, Brad was livid after Angelina went against his wishes, taking Maddox to Iraqi refugee camps on July 23. “He told her that it’s no place for a child Maddox’s age,” the associate explains. “But she insisted it wasn’t dangerous and took him anyway.” After Maddox and Angelina returned from their three-day trip to [Iraq and Jordan], Brad lashed out at Angelina. “He called her irresponsible,” explains the associate. “He had told her taking Maddox to Iraq was ridiculously dangerous, but she disrespected his wishes and went anyway.”
Instead of talking things through…Angelina fired back at Brad. “She said Brad’s ignorance about how dangerous Iraq is underlines why she should take trips there with Maddox - so he can know better.” The fight escalated until they were “both talking and screaming at the same time,” the associate says, adding that while “Angie finally backed down,” the pair slept in separate bedrooms that night and have barely spoken since.
A friend says: “They’re keeping things civil for the sake of the kids, but their relationship has pretty much dissolved into nothing more than co-parenting.” But now it appears Brad and Angelina can’t even agree on how to raise their children. “They know they can’t go on much longer like this - this is the first time they’ve seriously come to blows over how to raise their kids,” says the associate. “Before they were always a team, but they’re worlds apart now.”