All in the family. While Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt work out the terms of their divorce, Jolie’s older brother, James Haven, is currently playing manny to the couple’s six children at their temporary home in Malibu, a source tells Us Weekly.
“He took on a more active daily role in June,” the source explains. “The kids call him ‘Uncle James.’”
Haven, 43, is perhaps best remembered for sharing an infamous kiss with Jolie, 41, on the Oscars red carpet in 2000, when his younger sister, in full goth mode, won the Academy Award for best supporting actress (for Girl, Interrupted) and said, “I’m so in love with my brother right now” at the podium. The shocking moment caused fans to make accusations of incest and criticize the siblings’ too-close-for-comfort relationship.
But, the source tells Us, there’s at least one important person who isn’t bothered by the brother-sister duo’s dynamic.
“Brad thinks highly of James,” the source adds. “He’s always been incredible to the kids and is welcome in his home.” Jolie and Haven share parents Jon Voight and the late Marcheline Bertrand.
As Us previously reported, the Maleficent actress set up an $8.5 million rental house in Malibu for herself and her ex’s six kids — Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10 and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 — prior to filing for divorce from Pitt on Monday, September 19.
Presently, the couple have reached a parenting plan agreement wherein Jolie has temporary physical custody of the children, though the pair retain shared legal custody.
“They have six kids and want things to be as uninterrupted as possible,” a second insider tells Us. “It didn’t make sense, all of a sudden, for the kids to have two different households. You don’t just immediately create a new world for those children.”
Pitt is currently under investigation by the FBI and the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services after drinking and allegedly getting physical with one of the children while the family was aboard a private jet on September 14.
The Allied star, 52, “will cooperate in any way he can to see the kids,” a pal of the star tells Us. “By agreeing to this, he can see them, which is what he wanted.”
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