They may have started their relationship amidst broken marriages and controversial pasts, but for whatever reason the ongoing relationship between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sparked hope in the minds of celebrity fans looking for an example of a love that will last. Since they got together in 2005, the couple have built a family of six children, supported each other's various projects, and have been openly philanthropic and family-oriented.
So the news that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after a little over two years of official marriage and over a decade of committed relationship is an especially huge shock to those who felt at least here we had a pair no one needed to worry about.
But marriage is hard and this is clearly happening. Here's what we know:
- Brad and Angelina split up on September 15.
- Jolie filed for divorce September 19.
- Jolie petitions for joint legal custody of their six children, but no physical custody for Brad.
- Jolie filed for divorce due to irreconcilable differences.
- Jolie is not asking for spousal or child support.
What Her Camp Is Saying
Jolie's lawyer told People:
"Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for dissolution of the marriage. This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time."
What His Camp Is Saying
Brad gave a statement to People:
"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."
What Other Sources Are Saying
Unidentified sources close to the couple report the split may have to do with a difference of parenting technique.
A source told TMZ:
"Angelina's decision to file has to do with the way Brad was parenting the children ... she was extremely upset with his methods."
Additionally rumors have swirled that Pitt has spent a lot of time in France at their home there, away from his family, over the past year.
Pitt is slated to star in the upcoming Robert Zemeckis film Allied, opposite Marion Cotillard, which is set for theatrical release on Nov. 23. Early rumors posited Cotillard and Pitt may have had an affair but that has been disputed since by outside sources claiming no third party is involved in the decision to divorce.
What Social Media Is Saying
The world has an opinion on everything, but especially on the breakdown of a marriage many feel represented the most powerful of power couples. Here's how the online world is taking the news:
Let's face it, it's a waste of a work day.
Watch waterproof mascara sales skyrocket...
The internet is a danger zone right now.
Emotions runs high.
Uber is going to be extra busy tonight.
And, of course, smug Jennifer Aniston is the biggest meme on the internet.
So what do we now that the pillar and icon of our belief in true love has toppled? The answer is clear: Obamalove 4eva.
At least they live on immortally as a couple in the film that brought them together, Mr. and Mrs. Smith:
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