Hollywood actress-filmmaker Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from actore husband Brad Pitt after two years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
Fans of the couple across the globe are saddened by this news but definitely are not shocked since rumours of problems between the couple have been there for past few months. According to TMZ, the 41-year-old actress filed the legal documents on Monday and has asked for physical custody of the couple’s six children. She is also asking the judge to give Pitt visitation rights and is in favour of a joint legal custody.
In a statement to People magazine, Pitt said: “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.”
They originally met on the set of the action comedy Mr and Mrs Smith and were also seen on screen together in 2015’s By the Sea, a drama about an ailing marriage, written and directed by Jolie. While Mr and Mrs Smith was warmly received by critics and a commercial hit, making $478m worldwide, By the Sea was less of a success. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw called it “indulgent” and it made $3.3m at the box office.
Despite the film’s focus on relationship problems, 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 told the Telegraph. “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.”
Sources close to the couple say Jolie’s decision has to do with the way Pitt was parenting the children reportedly being upset with his methods. Jolie is not asking for spousal support, either.
Angelina, who’s been busy with her upcoming directorial,’First They Killed My Father,’ has listed the date of separation as Sept. 15, 2016.
One of the most celebrated Hollywood couples of all time, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt tied the knot in August 2014 after 10 years of courtship.