The poisonous split from estranged wife Angelina Jolie, 43, resulted in Brad, 54, being investigated by child services for allegedly hitting his eldest son Maddox.
Despite the shocking claims later being dismissed, the actor’s time with his children was limited to supervised visits for just a few hours a week.
However, as the Fight Club star gears up to face Angelina in court on Dec. 4, it looks like he’s won the battle for their hearts. He has installed new play equipment in the garden of his compound in Los Feliz, in Los Angeles, near Angelina’s new $25 million home, which she bought last April.
While Ange’s six-bed, 10-bathroom home has history – it once belonged to late director Cecil B. DeMille – Brad’s house has all the fun for their six kids Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 10.
In fact, sources are even estimating that Brad has spent a whopping $3 million in a bid to make sure his kids have as much fun as possible when they stay with him – and hopefully persuade the judges that he is fit to gain joint custody.
The star has installed a huge water slide and bouncy castle in the garden, as well as swings and a treehouse. This is a big contrast to Ange’s stark home, which doesn’t have any of the fun toys and games kids love.
For the first time in two years, Brad’s swimming pool is now full of water and inflatables – sure signs that his offspring are enjoying time with their dad.
It’s a far cry from the miserable days of 2016 when he was left home alone without the children and didn’t even bother to fill the pool.
The giant skate park, which snakes all around the house, is also being used, and it looks like proud dad Brad has been watching while the kids do their tricks – he’s set up a chair to watch the action.
Brad bought the luxury home in 1994 for $1.7million and since then has bought another four surrounding properties, creating one giant compound.
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