Sunday 24 September 2017

'It's a significant step' - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'talking again'

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Inglourious Basterds Premiere held at the Palais Des Festivals during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 20th, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CANNES, FActors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Inglourious Basterds Premiere held at the Palais Des Festivals during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 20th, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
US film stars Brad Pitt (right) and Angelina Jolie (centre), accompanied by their children, as they arrive at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo in 2013. Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt arrive at VH1's 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on January 8, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for VH1)
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have taken a "significant step" and are talking to each other again, according to sources.

A source told E! News that the pair, who announced their separation in September of last year, recently re-opened direct communication with each other.

"They recently started talking again and it's a significant step. Up until now everything was through lawyers and assistants," the insider said.

"They did not speak at all after the plane incident and everything that went down in the press."

Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Inglourious Basterds Premiere held at the Palais Des Festivals during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 20th, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Inglourious Basterds Premiere held at the Palais Des Festivals during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 20th, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

The decision to speak to each other directly came "at the recommendation of the children's therapists and their own," the insider said, and the pair "are focused on the kids and taking small steps to mend what has happened. Right now they are only speaking about the kids and their schedules, but it's a positive step."

"Brad hopes that they can be successful at co-parenting and get to a place where they can be friendly.

"They both have agreed to put the kids first."

The source said things have "calmed" between the actors, who were in a relationship for 12 years and have six children together.

Actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

"Things have calmed and settled between Brad and Angelina. It's not as tense as it had been.

"They are focused on the kids and working to do what's best for them."

Jolie filed for divorce last year, citing irreconcilable differences.

A statement obtained by People in January said that all court documents will remain confidential.

US film stars Brad Pitt (right) and Angelina Jolie (centre), accompanied by their children, as they arrive at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo in 2013. Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images
US film stars Brad Pitt (right) and Angelina Jolie (centre), accompanied by their children, as they arrive at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo in 2013. Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

"The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues.

"The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."

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