Brangelina cou­ple no more

The Sun (Malaysia) - - LIFESTYLE -

AN­GELINA JOLIE has filed for di­vorce from Brad Pitt ( right), and is seek­ing cus­tody of their six chil­dren, spell­ing the end for ‘Brangelina’, one of Hol­ly­wood’s high­est­pro­file celebrity cou­ples.

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 or­gan­i­sa­tions TMZ and Peo­ple.

“This de­ci­sion was made for the health of the fam­ily,” Jolie’s at­tor­ney Robert Of­fer said in a state­ment cir­cu­lated to US me­dia. “She will not be com­ment­ing at this time, and asks that the fam­ily be given their pri­vacy dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

Two of the world’s big­gest stars, Pitt and Jolie formed a Hol­ly­wood power cou­ple sec­ond to none, so fa­mous that they were known sim­ply by their com­bined first names.

“I am very sad­dened by this, but what mat­ters most now is the well-be­ing 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.

Jolie had been mar­ried twice be­fore, to ac­tors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thorn­ton.

TMZ, which posted im­ages of what it said were the court pa­pers, re­ported un­con­firmed claims that the ac­tress filed for di­vorce over Pitt’s con­sump­tion of al­co­hol and mar­i­juana, and anger is­sues.

“If there are al­le­ga­tions of sub­stance use and anger prob­lems, that could lead to Pitt hav­ing su­per­vised par­ent­ing time,” Kelly Fraw­ley, a part­ner at New York law firm Ka­sowitz, Ben­son, Tor­res and Fried­man, told AFP.

“In sit­u­a­tions like this, where the chil­dren pre­sum­ably have mul­ti­ple nan­nies, su­per­vi­sion should not pre­vent an am­i­ca­ble res­o­lu­tion be­cause such nan­nies can act as the su­per­vi­sors, thereby lim­it­ing dis­rup­tion to the chil­dren and em­bar­rass­ment to the su­per­vised party.”

Pitt and Jolie fell in love on the set of the 2005 ac­tion film Mr & Mrs Smith, although they didn’t get en­gaged un­til 2012.

“Be­cause of the film, we ended up be­ing brought to­gether to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friend­ship and part­ner­ship that kind of just sud­denly hap­pened,” Jolie Pitt told Vogue in 2006.

Their joint for­tune is es­ti­mated at over $300 mil­lion (RM1.23 bil­lion), and they are among the high­est-paid stars in Hol­ly­wood. – AFP

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