Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt, seeks full physical custody of their kids

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Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage.

In her Monday filing under the legal name Angelina Jolie Pitt, the actress-director cited irreconcilable differences but didn’t elaborate on what those differences are.

She’s requesting sole physical custody and joint legal custody of their six children but indicated she is willing to give her husband visitation rights.

The separation date is listed as Sept. 15; Jolie Pitt and Pitt were legally married Aug. 14, 2014, and followed that up on Aug. 23 with a nondenominational ceremony held at their chateau in Provence, France, after a two-year engagement.


The couple, who met while working on the movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” got together in August 2005. They have six children together: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne.

“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” Pitt said in a statement to People magazine. A source close to the couple told the magazine the divorce was “a complete shock.”

The decision to divorce was made “for the health of the family,” attorney Robert Offer, who represents Jolie Pitt, told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Jolie Pitt indicated that the property she seeks in the divorce includes miscellaneous jewelry and other personal effects, her earnings and accumulations from and after the date of separation and “additional separate property assets and obligations of the parties, the exact nature of and extent of which are not presently known.”

It’s a second marriage for Pitt, who was first wed to Jennifer Aniston, and the third for Jolie Pitt, who previously said “I do” with Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.


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10:20 a.m.: This article has been updated to include a statement from Brad Pitt via People magazine.

10:10 a.m. This article has been updated with details from the divorce filing.

8:45 a.m. This article has been updated with a comment from Angelina Jolie Pitt’s attorney and additional information.

This article was originally published at 8:25 a.m.