Tom Hanks did it. Ellen DeGeneres (kinda) did it. Hell, just about every award winner of all time takes a moment to thank their children or their family in their speech, and last night's Golden Globes was no exception to that unspoken rule. But when you're Brad Pitt, who is still in the process of finalizing his divorce from Angelina Jolie and is adhering to a custody agreement for their six shared children, you just might be a little hesitant to mention anything pertaining to your family.
Case in point: Brad chose to leave out his kids—Shiloh, Vivienne, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, and Knox—from his Golden Globes acceptance speech last night after taking home the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. While it admittedly felt a little sus that Brad didn't mention his kids at all, TMZ is now reporting that this was a strategic move on Brad's behalf to protect his kids' privacy.
TMZ's sources say that Brad chooses to "never mention them publicly and wants it to remain that way" because "he knows simply acknowledging his children in a speech could attract unwanted attention" to them. Furthermore, the source claims that Brad "has never used his kids as a publicity tool...as those around him feel his ex, Angelina Jolie, has at times." Remember when that report came out about Angelina allegedly using the kids as a weapon against Brad? The tea is scalding, y'all.
There is a silver lining in this report, though! TMZ's source says that Brad still gets to see all of his kids on a pretty regular basis, and that includes Maddox who reportedly "doesn't really see himself as Brad’s son," according to an Us Weekly report from August.
Despite some of the negativity surrounding his personal life, Brad is trying to be humorous about it all. "I'm just like trash mag fodder. I don't know," he said in an interview Monday's episode of WTF With Marc Maron. "Because of my disaster of a personal life, probably." Just hang in there, Brad!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.