Brangelina is Over: Why is Angelina Jolie Filing for Divorce from Brad Pitt?

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Brangelina is officially over!

Angelina Jolie reportedly filed for divorce from Brad Pitt on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences. She is seeking full physical custody and joint legal custody of their six children.

According to the Associated Press, Robert Offer, an attorney for Jolie Pitt, said that the decision to divorce was made “for the health of the family.” Jolie lists the date of separation as September 15, 2016.

While speculation is swirling as to the specific reason for the divorce, a number of media outlets have obtained statements from sources claiming to know the real cause for the split. TMZ claimed to have spoken with sources who allege that Jolie filed for divorce after being “fed up” with Pitt’s parenting methods and consumption of weed and alcohol. Another source told Page Six that the divorce is a result of Pitt’s alleged affair with actress Marion Cotillard, his “Allied” costar.

Jolie and Pitt began dating in 2005 while filming the movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and married in August 2014 after a two-year engagement.

Pitt responded to the filing in a statement to People Magazine.

“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids,” he said in the statement. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”

This is Jolie’s third marriage and Pitt’s second. The couple has six children together: 15-year-old Maddox (adopted from Cambodia in 2002), 12-year-old Pax (adopted from Vietnam in 2007), 11-year-old Zahara (adopted from Ethiopia in early 2005), 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. Jolie is asking the judge to give Pitt visitation with the children.

According to Radar Online, Pitt and Jolie reportedly signed a prenuptial agreement that stipulated “If Brad gets too serious with another woman while they are married, she’ll get primary custody if they split.” However, TMZ is reporting that no third party played a role in the couple’s split.

Celebrity divorce attorney Laura Wasser is representing Jolie in the divorce. She also represented Jolie in her divorce with Billy Bob Thorton. Jolie is not seeking any spousal support.

Alexis Evans
Alexis Evans is an Assistant Editor at Law Street and a Buckeye State native. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a minor in Business from Ohio University. Contact Alexis at aevans@LawStreetMedia.com.



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