Though hard to admit, one of the most talked-about couples in the world has broken down. The attorney of Angelina Jolie confirmed that the actress has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. The date of separation is listed as 15 September.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been together for 12 years. They got married just in 2014.
Jolie’s attorney stated that the ‘decision was made for the health of the family’. Jolie has reportedly asked for custody of their six children – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox – while Pitt will be allowed visitation rights. The actress does not ask for spousal support.
“Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for dissolution of the marriage. This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time,” Robert Offer said in a statement to People magazine.
The couple stated irreconcilable differences as the cause for the split.
Brad Pitt commented on the news: “I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were last spotted together in July, just before their second wedding anniversary. However, according to the insider, Pitt used to escape to France “many time this year because they were fighting.”
Pitt and Jolie met in 2005 on the set of the action comedy Mr and Mrs Smith. The movie was warmly received by critics and a commercial hit, making $478m worldwide, and laid foundation for worldwide famous love affair.
Despite numerous rumors that Pitt and Jolie started dating when Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston, Jolie denied it. “To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive,” she said. “I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn’t be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife.”
Angelina and Brad appeared on screen together again in 2015. The drama By the Sea about an ailing marriage was written and directed by Jolie. It was less of a success and made only $3.3m at the box office.
The movie depicts relationship problems and Jolie was quick to deny it was a reflection of their marriage.
“Brad and I have our issues, but if the characters were even remotely close to our problems we couldn’t have made the film,” she said. “To be clear: we have fights and problems like any other couple. We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space, but the problems in the movie aren’t our specific problems.”
The information about the split appears not for the first time. There have been rumors since 2010. Jolie and Pitt even sued the News of the World after false allegations that they were separating. Unfortunately, this time the split is confirmed.