In the weeks since Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, the actress and her six children have reportedly lived in relative seclusion in a Los Angeles rental home.
Insiders say the Jolie-Pitt kids have hardly strayed from the property, and Angelina's brother, James Haven, and eldest son, Maddox, have assisted her in keeping the younger kids distracted and entertained.
It's good that she has some help, as we imagine keeping her brood sheltered from the storm of media scrutiny while simultaneously diverting their attention from the flood of theories and rumors about their parents' separation is no mean feat.
As for Brad, well, not surprisingly, the actor is said to be devastated by the events of the past month.
Pitt and Jolie have reached a temporary settlement which gives her sole physical custody of the couple's kids.
Insiders say Pitt did little to fight her on the matter, both out of hopes of expediting the divorce process for the sake of his kids, and because he ultimately had little recourse:
“Brad was in an impossible situation," famed divorce attorney Raoul Felder tells Radar Online.
“The charges that have been made against him may or may not be based in fact. We still don’t know - and Angelina’s played him like a violin."
While there are varying stories about exactly what happened aboard that private jet on September 15, accounts concur that an altercation between Brad and Maddox prompted to Angelina to move out on her husband and take the kids with her.
Just days later, she filed for divorce.
Brad was investigated by the Department of Child and Family Services and the FBI, but both agencies ultimately decided that there were no grounds to press criminal charges.
Despite the ugly nature of the split, however, Jolie has not gone so far as to request a restraining order, and People magazine is reporting that she recently allowed for Pitt for visit with his kids for an unspecified period of time.
“Brad has spent some wonderful time with children recently,” a source tells the magazine.
“He will do whatever it takes to be with them, now and always.”
There's no word yet on where the visit took place or whether it was supervised.
Jolie was reportedly not present.
"Brad loves his children more than anything in this world, and they matter more than anything else to him," the insider adds.
While it's nice that Jolie and Pitt seem to be putting their kids' needs above their own, we still can't see this split going smoothly.
Sadly, we imagine that things will get much uglier before they approach anything resembling a resolution.