BRAD Pitt has been pictured looking gaunt and incredibly slim as his divorce battle with Angelina Jolie takes its toll on the star.

The Hollywood actor, 53, split from his Tomb Raider star wife in September after a 12-year relationship last October. According to new reports from the MailOnline, Brad has been locking himself away in an LA art studio for up to 15 hours a day as he comes to terms with the break-down of his marriage to Angelina. Brad looked like a shadow of his former self as he arrived at the secluded studio in LA. Wearing blue denim jeans, a white tshirt and a loose bomber jacket, Brad looked noticeably thinner. His new Peaky Blinders style haircut accentuated his rather gaunt face. Brad, who only attended the Golden Globes during awards season, has been working on a sculpture with the help of British artist Thomas Houseago. It’s believed he spends his days holed up in the studio listening to sad break-up music and focusing on his art. A source said: “Art is a way for him to concentrate on one thing, taking his mind off everything else. He’d rather do that and be constructive than go out partying.” While their initial split was incredibly messy, it’s believed their divorce is now playing out behind closed doors as the pair work with a private lawyer. Their large brood which includes Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, ten and twins Vivienne and Knox, eight were caught in the middle but The Sun exclusively revealed that Brad is hoping to be granted joint custody of their children. Last week, a source told American website PEOPLE: "Things are definitely calming down." They added the Oceans Eleven actor had been spending time catching up with old mates and revealed: “He often has friends over. “Old friends are back in his life, and he seems happy about it.” They added he had also been hitting the gym hard and was in "very good shape" after "losing a few pounds". Last month, Angelina publicly praised Brad as a "wonderful father" on a live chat on Good Morning America. She told host George Stephanopoulous: “We will be stronger when we come out of this, because that’s what we’re determined to do.” The star then insisted that they will “always be a family” when it comes to their six children. It has previously been reported that Brad had an altercation with Maddox on board their private jet shortly before the split. An investigation into Brad’s parenting was launched as a result – however all allegations were dropped after no evidence to support the claims were found. Reports now claim that in order to gain access to the children, Brad must undergo regular drug and alcohol screenings. The couple met on the set of 2005’s Mr & Mrs Smith and wed in 2014. It emerged earlier this month that Angelina had three ‘magical’ tattoos placed onto her back in Thailand to symbolically bind her to Brad, just weeks before their split.

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