Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt, bringing a sad close to one of Hollywood’s great “power couples.” John Russell reports.
Jolie-Pitt breakup dominates headlines
Actress Angelina Jolie filed for a divorce from actor Brad Pitt, her husband of two years and romantic partner since 2005, signaling the end of one of Hollywood’s most glamorous and powerful couples.
The Oscar-winning actress filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences, court documents showed.
Jolie is seeking full physical custody of their six children ages 8 to 15 with visitation rights for Pitt but did not seek spousal support. Jolie cited their separation date as Sept. 15.
The couple, known collectively as “Brangelina,” were one of the entertainment world’s most visible couples, due to their good looks, successful films and activism.
SOUNDBITE Jeri Lara, a tourist from San Diego, California, saying (English):
“I just heard about it this morning and I was pretty shocked, I thought they would be together longer.”
SOUNDBITE Peg Verdi, tourist, saying (English):
“I really am sad. I really wish that Brad and Angelina were together forever and to be there as a couple. I am really sad about it.”
Jolie’s attorney issued a statement saying, “The decision was made for the health of the family…”
While Pitt told People magazine that “very saddened by this but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids.”
Celebrity website TMZ, citing unnamed sources, reported Jolie was upset by Pitt’s parenting methods.
E! News co-host Maria Menounos told Reuters the news of the break up was surprising:
SOUNDBITE Maria Menounos saying (English):
“Even though initially people had their questions, they have gotten past them and they’ve built this beautiful family. They’ve really worked hard on their relationship and they’ve gone through so much together.”
At the same time their relationship has always been steady fodder for tabloids with reports focusing on what role Jolie played in the breakup of Pitt’s marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston and, more recently, possible trouble in the marriage.
Their children include sons adopted from Cambodia and Vietnam and a daughter adopted from Ethiopia, as well as three biological children.