Brad Pitt Releases Statement on Situation With Angelina Jolie and Family

Actor won't be attending a screening for his new documentary

By Francesca Bacardi Sep 27, 2016 8:55 PMTags

Brad Pitt narrated the documentary Voyage of Time, but he won't be attending a screening for it.

"Terrence [Malick]'s Voyage of Time is an incredibly beautiful and unique experiential IMAX film for children and families chronicling the birth of time. I'm very grateful to be part of such a fascinating and educational project, but I'm currently focused on my family situation and don't want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film, which I encourage everyone to see," Pitt tells E! News in a statement.

News broke last Tuesday that he and Angelina Jolie would be splitting up after 12 years together (two of which were marriage), and since then the split has been contentious at best. E! News learned that Pitt hasn't seen his six children since Jolie filed for divorce, but is hoping that he and his estranged wife can work things out without media scrutiny.

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie's Famous Exes

"He really wants to see the kids and to work out an arrangement that is best for them," an insider told us of Pitt's familial concerns. "[He] wants to work things out privately and amicably."

Jolie requested for sole physical custody of Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne, with Pitt receiving visitation rights. But after the legal documents were released E! News confirmed that the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County is conducting an inquiry into the allegations that Pitt was involved in an incident with a child aboard a private plane earlier this month. 

Meanwhile, reps for the actors have not commented on the reports regarding the incident on the plane, but a source close to the investigation told E! News he "takes the matter very seriously and says he did not commit any abuse of his children."

Similarly, another insider noted that Pitt is "is cooperating fully." The source added, "He will continue to do what's in the best interest of the children...[He] is most concerned about his children and the best thing for them is to keep the situation private."