Jolie has filed for divorce from Pitt
The end of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s marriage provoked a worldwide media storm on Tuesday because this “socially engaged” couple had given the impression that theirs was a partnership which worked both publicly and privately, according to a leading celebrity magazine editor.
Like legendary Hollywood couples before them including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, love blossomed on set, the actors falling for each other in 2004 while filming Mr and Mrs Smith— a movie about marriage.
In an ironic final twist given how many celebrity unions ends in tears, the two married assassins were tasked with killing each other.
The 41-year-old Jolie filed legal documents on Monday citing irreconcilable differences with Pitt, 52, and listing their date of separation as Sept 15, according to entertainment news websites TMZ and People.
“This decision was made for the health of the family,” Jolie’s attorney Robert Offer said in a statement.
“She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time.”
Twoof theworld’s biggest stars, Pitt and Jolie formed a Hollywood power couple second to none, so famous they were known simply by their combined first names —“Br angelina ”.
“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids,” People quoted Pitt as saying in a statement.
“I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
The A-listers wed in France in August two years ago, but have been a couple since 2004 and have six children together, three of whom are adopted.
Jolie is seeking physical custody of the children, with visiting rights for Pitt, according to TMZ, which said she was not seeking spousal support.
Pitt came into the public eye 25 years ago with a much-talked-about shirtless debut as eye-candy in the hit movie Thelma and Louise — and went on to become a household name in Hollywood.
A three-time Oscar nominee for his acting, he took home a golden statuette for best picture in 2014 as a producer of 12 Years A Slave.
Pitt has built a resume of varied film roles, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s elite: with Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire, Anthony Hopkins in Legends of the Fall and George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven.
Jolie catapulted to stardom with her role in 1999’s Girl, Interrupted, taking home an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her fierce portrayal of a rebellious woman in a mental institution.
She has since played everything
What matters most now is the well-being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”
Brad Pitt, actor
from a fairy tale villain ( Maleficent) to a sexy video game heroine ( Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) to the widow of assassinated journalist Daniel Pearl ( A Mighty Heart).
The red carpet darling is now better known for her humanitarian work than for her tabloid-ready actions, having served for several years as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
One of the world’s most visible symbols in the battle against cancer, she underwent a double mastectomy and removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent an aggressive form of the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and aunt.
Angelina Jolie waves at fans with Brad Pitt as they arrive at the premiere of Maleficent in Hollywood, California, on May 28, 2014.