An­gelina took con­trol last week, blind­sid­ing hus­band Brad and call­ing him an ‘un­fit’ par­ent. *Mind ex­plodes*

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Lies, jealousy, heated ar­gu­ments, angst, be­trayal… Un­for­tu­nately this isn’t the tagline of a hot new Hol­ly­wood film, but in­stead the un­fold­ing and re­cently ex­posed se­crets be­hind the mar­riage of Brad Pitt and An­gelina Jolie, which came crash­ing down when Ange filed for di­vorce on 20 Septem­ber – just one month af­ter their se­cond wed­ding an­niver­sary.

What has en­sued is a murky, dark por­trayal of a re­la­tion­ship filled with drama, all be­hind the façade of the hap­pi­est of fam­ily lives.

An­gelina, 41, cited ‘ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences’ on the di­vorce pa­pers, filed by in­fa­mous di­vorce lawyer Laura Wasser (who re­cently rep­re­sented Johnny Depp dur­ing his di­vorce from Am­ber Heard) – and shocked us all by ask­ing for sole cus­tody of the cou­ple’s six chil­dren, a move that seems de­signed to keep Brad very much on the edge of fam­ily life. En­ter­tain­ment at­tor­ney Robert Of­fer ex­plained in a state­ment on An­gelina’s be­half: ‘This de­ci­sion was made for the health of the fam­ily.’

Brad, 52, who re­port­edly had no idea this was on the cards (and who still as­sumed the fam­ily would be in Lon­don to­gether this week) has ap­par­ently vowed to fight claims he’s an ‘un­fit’ par­ent and told a US magazine fol­low­ing their split af­ter 11 years to­gether: ‘I am very sad­dened by this, but what mat­ters most now is the well-be­ing of our kids.’ So what went wrong for the A-list cou­ple we def­i­nitely thought would go the dis­tance?

‘The re­la­tion­ship’s been volatile for a long time,’ says our source. ‘But even though An­gelina’s ul­ti­mately the one pulling the plug, that doesn’t mean she’s not in a world of pain right now. She knows she can’t for­give him or take him back.’

Brad and An­gelina met on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith back in 2004, while Brad was still mar­ried to first wife Jennifer Anis­ton. The pair later ad­mit­ted it was dur­ing film­ing that they fell in love, with Ange say­ing she ‘couldn’t wait to get to work’.

Just months af­ter Brad and Jen sep­a­rated in 2005, he and Ange were swept into an in­tense and pas­sion­ate re­la­tion­ship.

Brad for­mally adopted An­gelina’s chil­dren Mad­dox and Za­hara be­fore the duo quickly be­gan adding to their brood with Pax, Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox. They were red car­pet roy­alty, amass­ing a for­tune of £308m, and tied the knot in an in­ti­mate fam­ily cer­e­mony at their es­tate in the South of France in 2014. But al­most im­me­di­ately they were thrown in at the deep end, film­ing By The Sea to­gether as part of their honey­moon. The flick, about a cou­ple’s mar­riage fall­ing apart, was panned by crit­ics on its re­lease, and re­port­edly put an in­tense strain on Brad and Ange’s re­la­tion­ship.

‘Part of the rea­son Angie gave in to get­ting mar­ried was that she thought it might help them hold it to­gether,’ a source tells Look. ‘For a while they seemed to be work­ing through things, but the fact that the movie was a flop re­ally stung, not to men­tion the mil­lions they lost on it.’

The pair then had to deal with spend­ing months apart in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, with Brad film­ing all over the world and An­gelina pur­su­ing her hu­man­i­tar­ian du­ties as a United Na­tions am­bas­sador. And they were both rocked by Ange’s dis­cov­ery she was a car­rier of the BRCA1 gene, the same gene that re­sulted in her mother Marche­line’s can­cer and sub­se­quent death in 2007. Ange made the tough de­ci­sion to un­dergo a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy, with Brad proudly sup­port­ing his wife.

But while they seemed the per­fect cou­ple to the out­side world, there were signs of cracks. They were seen hav­ing a heated ex­change dur­ing a fam­ily trip to Le­goland in Wind­sor last Oc­to­ber, while there have been ac­cu­sa­tions of sub­stance abuse, as well as claims that days be­fore the split Brad’s be­hav­iour while aboard a pri­vate jet with his fam­ily pushed An­gelina to break­ing point – al­though the LAPD has de­nied in­ves­ti­gat­ing Brad for any rea­son, de­spite re­ports.

‘Ange is beyond dev­as­tated she’s had to file for di­vorce,’ says an in­sider. ‘But she be­lieves it’s best, es­pe­cially for the chil­dren.’

With Brad des­per­ate to fight for his kids and sources say­ing the ear­li­est the pair can legally split is 20 March, here’s hop­ing things don’t get any uglier…

An­gelina’s in a world of pain – she can't take him back

An­gelina’s re­quested sole cus­tody of the cou­ple’s six chil­dren

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