Sticks and stones aren’t going to break Brad Pitt‘s bones! One week after Angelina Jolie opened up about her “difficult” marriage to the actor, the father-of-six is refusing to respond to her remarks — but he’s not pretending they didn’t have an affect him.

Brad, 53, felt Angie was “saying that the kids are trying to heal from him. He was really wounded by the way she phrased that,” a source tells Life & Style exclusively. The 42-year-old actress’ exact words were: “[Our children have been] very brave… in times they needed to be. We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing… They’re not healing from the divorce. They’re healing from some… from life, from things in life.”

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Despite feeling as though his ex is “making him out to be the villain,” the source says “he’s rising above it… Although Angie took some strong shots at him in the interview, he knows he’s finally in a good place with the kids and that one day, he’ll have the custody arrangement that he wants.”

As Life & Style previously reported, Brad recently told his estranged wife that he’d like to raise their kids — Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 9 — full-time instead of seeing them just once a week. The proposal did not sit well with Angelina. As they approach the one-year anniversary of the divorce filing in September, the duo has still not finalized a custody agreement.

Brad spoke out about the split for the first time in May, telling GQ Style, “It was too sad to be [home] at first, so I went and stayed on a friend’s floor, a little bungalow in Santa Monica… This house was always chaotic and crazy, voices and bangs coming from everywhere, and then, as you see, there are days like this: very…very solemn.”

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For more info on Brad and Angie’s current relationship, pick up the latest issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now. And scroll through the gallery below for a look back at the former couple’s most memorable quotes about each other!