Popular Hollywood film actress Angelina Jolie and actor husband Brad Pitt are all set to separate after two years of marriage during and before which they collected a huge family – and it is that big family that looks to have broken up the marriage. According to reports, there will be no stepping back as the couple has cited irreconcilable differences as the reason behind the move. Both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been some of the best paid actors in Hollywood and they have been part of numerous super-hits over the years. They were married in August, 2014, but that had come in the wake of almost a decades worth of living together.
While rumors of an impending split had risen a number of times over the last few months when various personal problems had come to the fore, yet most were discounted as the couple had gone through a number of life-altering experiences over the years and still managed to stay together. However, there is no uncertainty left and the rumour mills have been finally, proved correct.
It was Angelina Jolie, 41, who made the first move and filed for divorce on Monday and she has asked for the custody of their 6 children. However, the entire relationship does not look to be ending in too much negativity or mutual acrimony as the papers that were filed have indicated in black and white that Brad Pitt be given visitation rights. In fact, what is clearly mentioned is that Jolie has demanded joint legal custody of the children.
The reasons behind the extreme step by Angelina Jolie was more about Brad Pitt’s parenting skills, or rather the lack of them, rather than the relationship between the couple. According to reports, Jolie was furious with Pitt for his radical and lackadaisical approach to how the children should be brought up. Pitt was unwilling to change the way he interacted with the children or how to discipline them.
In what has come as a surprise, though those in the know say that the relationship between Jolie and Pitt had never anything to do with money, was the fact that the actress has not asked for spousal support.
However, it is also clear that the relationship has frayed so much that Jolie has actually indicated the actual date for separation. This date is September 15, 2016.
Jolie and Pitt have have as many as six children three of them adopted. While Maddox, Pax, Zahara are adopted, the couple’s biological children include Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne.
Angelina Jolie’s lawyer Robert Offer revealed that she has filed for “dissolution of marriage” and he said her request to the media was to respect the ‘privacy of the family’.
This was not the first marriage for both. For Pitt this was the second marriage, first one being to Jennifer Aniston, while for Jolie this was the third after Billy Bob Thornton and Jonny Lee Miller.
Some of the films that established Jolie as a frontline star in Hollywood included Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider film series, The Bone Collector, Girl, Interrupted, Changeling, Salt, Wanted and Maleficent. Brad Pitt’s films include Ocean’s Eleven, Fight Club, World War Z, Snatch and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Both had worked together in the 2015 film By The Sea, which was a Jolie production.