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Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce from Brad Pitt

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FILE - U.S. actress Angelina Jolie and partner actor Brad Pitt.

FILE - U.S. actress Angelina Jolie and partner actor Brad Pitt.


One of Hollywood’s most powerful couples is headed for a breakup.

Entertainment website TMZ reported that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from her husband Brad Pitt, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Jolie is reportedly is asking for custody of their six children, giving Pitt visitation rights, but no joint physical custody. Jolie reportedly will not seek spousal support from Pitt.

The rift between the two A-listers reportedly revolves around how Pitt was raising their children.

TMZ reports that the two separated officially on Sept. 15. The two married in August of 2014, but had been an item since 2004.

In a statement to People magazine, Pitt said "I am very saddened by this but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids." the actor asked reporters to also give his children "the space they deserve during this challenging time."

International family

The couple's international family has long drawn intense media interest. Angelina Jolie adopted her first child, a seven-month-old boy in 2002 from an orphanage in Cambodia. She adopted her first daughter from an orphanage in Ethiopia in 2005. Pitt legally adopted the two in 2006 and later that year Angelina Jolie gave birth to the couple's first child in 2006. The next year, the couple adopted a son from an orphanage in Vietnam.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt listen to victims' testimonies at a summit to end sexual violence in conflict, in London, June 12, 2014.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt listen to victims' testimonies at a summit to end sexual violence in conflict, in London, June 12, 2014.



In 2008, Jolie gave birth to twins, a son and a daughter. The first published photographs of the children reportedly sold for $14 million, the most expensive celebrity photographs taken. The money was donated to the couple's charitable foundation.

Humanitarian work

Angelina Jolie spent more than a decade working as a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. Refugee Agency. Since 2012, she has been a Special Envoy to the U.N. High Commissioner, focusing on refugee issues and traveling the world to draw attention to their plight. She has also been involved with endangered animal conservation efforts in Cambodia, and wildlife conservation efforts in Namibia.

FILE - Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie make an appearance before fans at the Japan premiere of Pitt's movie 'World War Z' in Tokyo, July 2013.

FILE - Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and actress Angelina Jolie make an appearance before fans at the Japan premiere of Pitt's movie 'World War Z' in Tokyo, July 2013.


Brad Pitt has supported the ONE Campaign, an organization aimed at combating AIDS in the developing world, and has supported efforts to build environmentally friendly housing for people in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The charitable foundation he created with his wife, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, has donated to international humanitarian projects including Doctors Without Borders and the Global Action for Children.

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