Forget Sofia and Justin, the biggest celebrity news of the whole year has just broken. Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce Brad Pitt after two years of marriage, 12 years together and six children, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’.
The reaction in the InStyle office — a collective ‘WHAT?!’ — will no doubt be echoed across the globe. Even Brangelina's close friends didn't seem to be aware of the upcoming split, with George Clooney caught off guard being asked how he would comfort the couple on-camera. His response? 'This is the first I've heard of it'. Watch the video below.
Even Adele dedicated a night of her Adele Tour to the split.
Following the rift, which is said to be about the children, Angelina is asking for physical custody of all six, meaning Brad, if it’s granted, will only have joint legal custody and visitation rights.
In a statement to CNBC, attorney Robert Offer stated: ‘This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time’.
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Angelina, who’s not asking for spousal support in the split, is being represented by Laura Wasser, who most recently worked with Johnny Depp during his divorce from Amber Heard.
Brad has now issued a statement in relation to the split to People, stating 'I am very saddened by this, but 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.'
The reason for the split has not been confirmed by either party, but (of course) rumours are swirling that Angelina filed for divorce due to substance and alcohol abuse from Brad. Some sources say she was unhappy with his parenting style, while others are pointing the finger at Brad's latest movie project with marion Cotillard. Page Six are reporting that Angelina hired a private investigator to follow Brad on the set of Allied, where the two play spies who fall in love. Marion hasn't released any comment on these rumours, but it's important to remember these are just rumours so far. Watch the trailer for Allied below.
Marion was initially keeping quiet in the midst of all these rumours, but took to Instagram to have her say - revealing something pretty major in the process.
Yes, she's pregnant! And vehemently denies any affair with Brad. As for Jennifer Aniston's comment on the matter, Jen An has maintained a dignified silence on what must be a terrible time for Brad and Ange. Husband Justin Theroux, in the middle of promoting The Girl On The Train, has almost been forced to discuss the issue, stating; ‘As a child of divorce, all I can say is that's terrible news for those children, and that's all you can really say. It's boring to sort of comment on anything else. People are having a bad time — that's horrible.’ As for being dragged into the divorce in the first place, Justin says ‘it’s nonsense. There's an endless appetite for trash, apparently, though everyone would say that they don't have that appetite, but I think a lot of people do because people buy it. But there are bigger things to b*tch about. It's shocking how much bandwidth things can take up when there are far more important things going on in the world.’
Even Courteney Cox has had enough of dragging best friend Jen into this drama, telling Entertainment Tonight that ‘I feel like we’re exacerbating it by even talking about it. It’s not about her’.
Angelina and Brad got together in rather controversial circumstances back in 2004, after starring together in Mr And Mrs Smith when Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston.
Throughout their 11-year relationship, they’ve had three children — Knox, Vivienne and Shiloh — and adopted three — Maddox, Pax and Zahara.
The children famously designed the illustrations of Angelina’s Atelier Versace dress that she wore to wed Brad back in 2014.
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Brad and Angelina were last seen out together in July, just ahead of their second anniversary, when they took their twins Knox and Vivienne out for a birthday breakfast in West Hollywood.
This will be the third divorce for Angelina, who has previously been married to Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller, and the second for Brad who famously divorced Jennifer Aniston back in 2005. Though it was following the filming of Mr And Mrs Smith, Brad has always denied their was no overlap in the relationships.
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Well, we certainly didn’t see this coming.