The holidays are usually a time to celebrate — but that wasn’t the case for Brad Pitt, as In Touch has exclusively learned that Angelina Jolie decided to withhold his children from him on Thanksgiving at the last minute.

“Brad was called by a member of Angie’s team and said the kids wouldn’t be coming, no explanation given,” an insider tells In Touch, exclusively. “Brad was extremely upset, obviously, and recognizes it’s just another one of Angie’s ways of punishing him.”

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Another insider explains it’s not just Brad who is hurt by the decision to keep the kids away from their father — it’s also hard on the kids, Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne, and Knox, 8.

“By not letting the kids see their dad on Thanksgiving, she really ruined everything,” the second insiders says. “It took a lot of restraint on Brad’s part to keep it together.”

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