‘Brangelina’ split

Jolie has filed for di­vorce from Pitt

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE in Paris and Los An­ge­les

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.

Act­ing ca­reer

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.

MARIO ANZUONI / REUTERS

An­gelina Jolie waves at fans with Brad Pitt as they ar­rive at the pre­miere of Malef­i­cent in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia, on May 28, 2014.

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