Brad Pitt reached out to Angelina Jolie ahead of custody trial

Brad Pitt wants the war to end. The actor made a desperate plea to his estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, for them to settle their custody battle out of court, a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.

“He reached out hoping to persuade Angie that the hearing will cause lasting psychological damage to their children,” the insider tells Us, referencing Maddox, 17, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 10. “There will be no winners, no matter what the judge decides.”

While a source close to Jolie insists that both parties are “working together to reach a settlement outside of court,” the first insider tells Us that the Maleficent star is “not backing down.”

Pitt, 54, and Jolie, 43, are set to appear in court on December 4 to hash out their custody issues.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 11: Angelina Jolie, Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt attend the premiere of Disney's 'Dumbo' at El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 11: Angelina Jolie, Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt attend the premiere of Disney's 'Dumbo' at El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt and Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt attend the premiere of Disney's 'Dumbo' at El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Knox Jolie-Pitt, US actress Angelina Jolie and Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt arrive for the world premiere of Disney's 'Dumbo' at El Capitan theatre on March 11, 2019 in Hollywood. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 11: Angelina Jolie, Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt attend the premiere of Disney's 'Dumbo' at El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 25: Angelina Jolie is seen with her children attending a screening of 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' on February 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nancy Rivera/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Angelina Jolie with children Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt attend 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind' Special Screening at Crosby Street Hotel on February 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Netflix)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt, Prune Nourry and Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt attend the Opening Night of MoMA's Doc Fortnight Premiere of Prune Nourry's Serendipity on February 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for Museum of Modern Art)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R)Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Rajendra Roy, and Prune Nourry attend the Opening Night of MoMA's Doc Fortnight Premiere of Prune Nourry's Serendipity on February 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for Museum of Modern Art)
(L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) Angelina Jolie attends the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 The National Board Of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Angelina Jolie attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Loung Ung attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Actress/filmmaker Angelina Jolie, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, human-rights activist Loung Ung and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt are seen arriving at the 2018 National Board of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt attend the 2018 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Angelina Jolie, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt arrives at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Pax Jolie-Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Netflix Golden Globes after party at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Netflix)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: 75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actor/director Angelina Jolie (L) and Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt arrive to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Pax Jolie-Pitt arrive to the DGA Theater for the New York premiere of 'First They Killed My Father' on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Maddox Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Pax Jolie-Pitt arrive to the 'First They Killed My Father' afterparty at Jams on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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