Back in September of 2016, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt following an incident aboard an aircraft that remains shrouded in mystery.
The former couple has experienced their share of ups and downs in the years since, but those who know Pitt and Jolie best say there have been more downs than ups.
While they've mostly refrained from talking about their situation publicly, it's common knowledge that Brad and Angelina's divorce has been a messy one, with both parties taking action make life more difficult for the other.
For most of the past two years, Pitt and Jolie were not even on speaking terms, communicating instead through attorneys and professional mediators.
So the news that Brad and Angelina arranged a secret meeting in order to settle their differences has come as quite a shock to fans:
"Brad and Angelina actually set up a secret meeting at her house," a source tells E! News.
"It’s the first time they have truly gotten together to make things work since their group therapy with the children. Brad and Angie’s meeting was a success.
"They are going to stay with the plan set forth through the courts."
The insider adds that it was Jolie who made the decision to attempt a detente with Brad:
“Angelina decided it was time to try to make things work and Brad was relieved and very ready for the offer," the source continues.
"Brad has been dedicated to making peace throughout the process and now it finally seems like they are at a point where they can create a calmer situation for the kids."
The timing of the truce is rather odd, as just last month, Jolie filed court documents accusing Brad of failure to pay "meaningful child support."
The source claims that since that filing, Angelina reached the realization that in deciding to go nuclear against Brad, she was causing collateral damage to her children.
"Angelina created a very difficult situation for Brad and the children and she has finally realized her behavior backfired," the insider claims.
"Angelina loves her kids very much and it seems like she felt threatened she might lose time with them and, in turn, she went on the attack. Unfortunately, everyone in the family has suffered," the tipster continues.
“She started to see a change in the kids' behavior because they missed their dad," the source adds.
"The kids' reaction to the divorce actually helped Angie try a different tact."
While it's unfortunate that it took Pitt and Jolie years to reach a mutually amicable co-parenting relationship, we applaud them for their efforts.
And much more importantly, we're sure their kids will thank them.